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Old 09-16-2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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Well, another disappointment.

Too pricey ($499 for 16GB) and a 9.4" screen too thin (1280x800 = 16:10) for reading.

It looks like a universal plot, why nobody else besides the evil empire (aka Apple) builds 4:3 9"-10" tablets?

I will give the good guys one more year, if they don't come with something good I will hunt (gasp!) a second-hand iPad.

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Old 09-16-2011, 08:25 PM   #2
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if you havent actually tried it at the Sony Store then dont dismiss it until you do.
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Well, another disappointment.

Too pricey ($499 for 16GB) and a 9.4" screen too thin (1280x800 = 16:10) for reading.

It looks like a universal plot, why nobody else besides the evil empire (aka Apple) builds 4:3 9"-10" tablets?

I will give the good guys one more year, if they don't come with something good I will hunt (gasp!) a second-hand iPad.
The HP touchpad is also a 4:3 tablet. I quite like it.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:00 PM   #4
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The HP touchpad is also a 4:3 tablet. I quite like it.
True but it's hardly a current product any more after HP dumped it... if I'm buying a new gadget then I'd like it to actually have a manufacturer supported future...
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if you havent actually tried it at the Sony Store then dont dismiss it until you do.
I'm sure the tablet is a impressive piece of hardware, but I don't like to read in a 16:10 tablet. And we have the price. I think that in order to compete with the iPad they should offer at least a better price.

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The HP touchpad is also a 4:3 tablet. I quite like it.
Ditto to what elcreative said. Moreover, if HP kills webOS (BTW a risque name in Spanish) then there will not be many apps available.

And my original question remains, why the iPad is the only 4:3 tablet in the 9"-10" market?
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And my original question remains, why the iPad is the only 4:3 tablet in the 9"-10" market?
I will be surprised if Amazon's rumored 9'-10" tablet isn't 4:3.
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Too pricey ($499 for 16GB) and a 9.4" screen too thin (1280x800 = 16:10) for reading.

It looks like a universal plot, why nobody else besides the evil empire (aka Apple) builds 4:3 9"-10" tablets?
Maybe because they have dedicated 4:3 readers.
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:49 AM   #8
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And my original question remains, why the iPad is the only 4:3 tablet in the 9"-10" market?
My guess would be that it's because most Tablet manufacturers are going after the video market, and 16:9 is a better aspect ratio for video than is 4:3.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:58 AM   #9
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My guess would be that it's because most Tablet manufacturers are going after the video market, and 16:9 is a better aspect ratio for video than is 4:3.
I think Harry has nailed it.
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:29 AM   #10
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I also find 16:9 a better aspect ration for books...
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I also find 16:9 a better aspect ration for books...
I don't like it at all for reading books; it's too tall and narrow. It's interesting to note that, AKAIK, all dedicated reading devices have a 4:3 screen.
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I prefer 16:9 for books as well. Reminds me of why I love reading on the Sony 950. This tablet's 9.4 inch screen is still very functional for my needs (primarily reading). The 7" on the NOOKcolor is too small now. Plus it's too heavy for its size. I'm looking forward to getting the Sony tablet. The price is steep, but it'll serve my needs well given the unique form factor.

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I don't like anything larger than 7" for an ebook reader... But I think Harry is right, it's probably mostly geared for multimedia, rather than only books.
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From what I've seen so far, I like the Sony S. The price though is too high to compete with the iPad. Anyway, I think that in three years from now when you'll buy a high end TV set, you'll get a free tablet with it with all the bells and whistles you can find on this Sony S and even more. Heck! HP already launched a printer bundled with a tablet. OK, that tablet is a piece of s**t, but it's a start...
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From what I've seen so far, I like the Sony S. The price though is too high to compete with the iPad. Anyway, I think that in three years from now when you'll buy a high end TV set, you'll get a free tablet with it with all the bells and whistles you can find on this Sony S and even more. Heck! HP already launched a printer bundled with a tablet. OK, that tablet is a piece of s**t, but it's a start...
Samsung is already doing that-and Sony is definitely in a position to do something similar.
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