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Old 04-11-2008, 04:20 AM   #31
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Sorry, But the Price of the Illiad is Ridicules in Europe, Especially the UK after factoring in all the costs (VAT, Shipping, Etc).
Sorry, but I don't agree. The iLiad is a completely general-purpose Linux-based "tablet PC" type machine. Take a look around - what other tablets can you buy for the £450-ish that the iLiad costs?

Don't make the mistake of putting it into the same "class" as machines like the Sony Reader or CyBook Gen3 - it isn't like those machines at all!
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Sorry, but I don't agree. The iLiad is a completely general-purpose Linux-based "tablet PC" type machine. Take a look around - what other tablets can you buy for the £450-ish that the iLiad costs?
Nokia N810? Asus EEE with touchscreen? Other similar machines with touchscreen?
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That's very true, but both those machines have much smaller screens with lower resolution than the iLiad. As you know, it's the screen which is the majority of the cost of all these machines. The iLiad has over twice the screen "real estate" of the N800.
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That's very true, but both those machines have much smaller screens with lower resolution than the iLiad. As you know, it's the screen which is the majority of the cost of all these machines. The iLiad has over twice the screen "real estate" of the N800.
Yes, but Asus EEE with touchscreen (which is probably not out yet) and similar machines have a big screen. The N8X0 has fast zoom so I use it now for pdf instead of my Cybook.

Isn't the iLiad to slow to really give you the feeling that you are using a general purpose computer?
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Isn't the iLiad to slow to really give you the feeling that you are using a general purpose computer?
It's obviously not suited for all types of application - anything which requires extensive text input or fast screen refresh is not really suitable, for example - but applications whose primary purpose is to display reasonably static data, with small amounts of user interaction via dialog boxes, etc, work great on it. The CPU isn't all that slow - it's the screen refresh speed that's the main factor.

Approximately how many hours of usage can you get from a battery charge on your N800, as a matter of interest?
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Sorry, but I don't agree. The iLiad is a completely general-purpose Linux-based "tablet PC" type machine. Take a look around - what other tablets can you buy for the £450-ish that the iLiad costs?

Don't make the mistake of putting it into the same "class" as machines like the Sony Reader or CyBook Gen3 - it isn't like those machines at all!
OK, Whole I can agree that it isent exatly in the same class as the Other 2, but it is a E-ink device, so can be considered an option.

And while I would really like to get somthing like it, I cant justify paying such a premium for a device with so many compromises.

For about a £100-£200 more (£ 500-650) You can get a full service tablet (new) like the HP TX1314 or TX2025) On which I can run pretty much everything.
So by paying a little bit more, I get a device that I can use for a lot of other things.
So while The E-Ink would be nice, Personally I can't justify it.YMMV

Also, Another point to keep in mind is that I like to use the Reader as a out an about device, somthing I can use when I have a few minutes free during the day, or when I'm on the Bus or Train or even the Tube when In London.

Fo such use the smaller devices seem a better option.
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Also, Another point to keep in mind is that I like to use the Reader as a out an about device, somthing I can use when I have a few minutes free during the day, or when I'm on the Bus or Train or even the Tube when In London.

Fo such use the smaller devices seem a better option.
Oh yes, I completely agree with that. That is, in fact, precisely why I sold my iLiad and now use the CyBook Gen3 - the paperback book size and rapid start-up of the Gen3 is much more suitable for brief reading sessions. There's no doubt, though, that the iLiad is a much more flexible computer, whereas machines like the Sony and Gen3 are dedicated bookreaders.
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