#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, December 5th, 2013 21:22
#2 By: daneel, December 5th, 2013 21:27
And soon we'll all be able to enjoy tablets smeared with food and grease, courtesy of Chilli's and Applebee's!
#3 By: Stephen Schenck, December 5th, 2013 21:52
Oof: TI OMAP4430 SoC, 1366 x 768 display, and only 1GB of RAM? I feel like the sole selling point here is its size.
Then again, there aren't many great Android solutions (or at least those from manufacturers with any name recognition) with this large a screen, so you take what you can get. I'm hopeful that Samsung could have a 12.2-incher out next year, but that's yet to be confirmed. There are also rumors of a 12.9-inch iPad, if you've swallowed the iOS Kool-Aid.
#4 By: Stephen_Hocking, December 5th, 2013 21:54
Do I get points for noticing that the screen image is from the 1950 cartoon "Gerald McBoing Boing"?
#5 By: David Forbes, December 5th, 2013 22:09
You can get a full featured 15.6" Windows laptop with batteries and the same screen size for $300. All it's missing is the touchscreen. How hard would it be to reorient the display, I wonder?
#6 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, December 5th, 2013 22:11
Are people actually capable of experiencing 'joy' at Applebee's? I thought that there was some sort of suppression field.
#7 By: daneel, December 5th, 2013 22:15
#8 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, December 5th, 2013 22:20
I'm sure HP has HP-ed it up somehow; but they'll sell you a Tegra4/1GB RAM/21-inch (1920x1080, IPS) Android all-in-one-not-really-a-tablet-at-this-size thing for $400.
Unless they've done something really ghastly (which would be in character; but I haven't heard anything one way or the other), their mellifluously named 'Slate 21-k100' would seem to be a superior offering. Still not ideal, notably on the RAM front; but superior in most other respects to this one, and for $100 less.
#9 By: Bob Cook, December 5th, 2013 22:28
I have an Acer Smart Display DA220HQL with a 21.5 inch display that sits on a movable arm in front of my exercise equipment. It's not the fastest thing in the world and there seems to be quite a few apps that won't run, but it retails for $340 (here in Taiwan anyway). It makes working out a lot less monotonous.
#10 By: Alice Weir, December 5th, 2013 22:52
ASUS TFT 100. with the optional keyboard/auxiliary battery/clamshell case. Holds a charge all day long.Finds the middle ground nicely. Like a Droid netbook, I'd say. Only drawback is that you need external speakers to get really good sound.
#11 By: Jeremy Erwin, December 5th, 2013 23:34
Panasonic has a very expensive 20 inch tablet that boasts "4k" resolution.
panasonic tough book
I use my ipad in the kitchen as a cookbook.
#12 By: Shane_Simmons, December 6th, 2013 01:04
Yeah, as a Galaxy Nexus owner who isn't getting Kit Kat thanks to the TI OMAP division not existing anymore, I'm assuming the thing is dead tech. Does the thing have an HDMI port or an MHL-capable USB port? Apparently the chipset is capable of HDMI out. This thing uses the 4430; the GNex used the 4460.
I honestly wouldn't mind such a beast. Even a 10" screen can be a bit small sometimes.
And I've got to get on a soapbox about the original writeup: if I were to unplug my pre-iPad flat-screen monitor, take it off the stand, and put it next to an Android tablet, one could argue that both look "iPad-like".
#13 By: Ryuthrowsstuff, December 6th, 2013 02:02
I really think this is the crowning use for a tablet. We keep a laptop in the kitchen but it only gets used for the odd recipe look-up. Everytime my aunt brings her iPod by for a dinner visit it ends up being used for the same, but spooling family pictures, music, and videos while we all cook together. There's nothing to jam up, its easier to work with when you're wrist deep in turkey. So it ends up fitting into the flow of things incredibly seamlessly.
#14 By: technogeek, December 6th, 2013 14:48
Hm. I've been pondering whether it would make sense to have a similar device for the workshop. Something low-enough power so it doesn't need vents and can be sealed against sawdust and metal shavings... inductive charging and bluetooth audio so it doesn't even need those contacts... Doesn't need apps; all it needs is to be fast enough, and have enough memory, to browse/stream/PDF/print via WiFi to my main machine and to the net. (Bonus would be to support virtual terminal to the main machine, so I could access apps there if needed.)
And it would help if it was relatively cheap, of course.
Something like that should be available off-the-shelf these days, right?
#15 By: Jeremy Erwin, December 6th, 2013 14:59
Personally, I like the idea of a house full of "terminals"--if you want to sit down at a desk, and use a large monitor and keyboard, or lounge on a sofa and peruse a tablet, or if you want to use an oversized television like display, you should have seamless access to your applications and data-- sort of an idealized, more flexible, and more open version of how I use a iMac, iPad, and appleTV to do my home computing. Of course, I'm trapped in the apple ecosystem, so if some other company comes out with a really cool interface to my data, I can't avail myself of that option. But iCloud does offer a glimpse of what's possible when data isn't tied to a specific piece of hardware.
#16 By: technogeek, December 6th, 2013 15:07
My "jukebox" machine runs a remote console server so I can open it in a window and fiddle with it remotely. Obviously the remote screen isn't as responsive as working with it directly, but for most things short of games it's more than good enough.
#17 By: Raybert, December 6th, 2013 15:48
#18 By: Jonathan Badger, December 7th, 2013 15:03
There's already been independent/local chain restaurants here in California for several years that do the whole order/pay thing through tablets (generally modified iPads). It's a neat gimmick and I can see how it is kind of the modern version of the automat, allowing the minimum of human contact. And my inner asocial geek enjoys it and awaits the final version where the food will be delivered by robots.
#19 By: Jeremy Erwin, December 7th, 2013 15:12
I have not yet become accustomed to signing my name with my finger. Then again, I still get irritated when badly designed credit card terminals translate my lovely scrawl into a frightening collection of lines at odd angles. It's a formality, of course, but I'd wish the hardware at least try to mimic pen and paper.
#20 By: Andy, December 7th, 2013 16:25
The first time I signed on an iPad Point-of-Sale setup I thought it would look like those crappy scrawls I get on the credit card terminals. It looks perfect every time.
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