Windows 8 Well, there goes that idea!


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May 25, 2009
Ada Michigan

I'm interested in buying a pad computer.
It's something that both myself and my wife have a use for.

It's clear that the iPad 3 is the state of the art pad computer.

But I'd like to have a Windows based pad so I can use the software that I'm familiar with and get for free, like my music player, WinAmp.

And with Windows 8 coming along it seems like it would be the way to go.

So I started looking, I quickly found that there are a few Windows based pads.

The problem is the cost, the iPad 3 costs about $730 for the top of the line model with 4G.
This has a screen resolution higher then my 24" monitor, 2048 by 1536, a 5 megapixel camera and a lot of features that you can't get in another pad. But it doesn't have a USB2 Port or support MP3 files.

But I would still like to have a Windows based unit.

I started looking and found that to get anything close to the iPad I have to pay quite a bit more.

Like the Samsung series 7 Slate. About $1200 and not even close to the iPad specs for screen and camera resolution.

Why so high?

If I could get a high end Windows Pad for around the cost of an iPad I would go that way especially with Widows 8 coming along but I won't pay a lot more for less computer.

Where's the competition?

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