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[Discuss] [OT] iOS from a power user's perspective

On 01/07/2013 11:24 AM, Rich Pieri wrote:
> On Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:14:10 -0500
> Jerry Feldman <gaf at> wrote:
>> This is quite different from the Surface, though.
> Indeed, it is. Unfortunately, I think that Envy X2 misses the target.
> What makes Surface interesting and IMO compelling is that it is both
> tablet and netbook/ultrabook at the same time without the excess weight
> and bulk and inconvenience of bolt-on accessories.
This is true. It is not something that I would buy. The advantage of a
tablet with a separate keyboard is that the consumer has a large number
of keyboards to chose from. Ken Olson had an iPad with a keyboard
integrated in the case. I was just talking to a guy who has a mouse
attached to his iPad. He makes the point that he likes the tablet while
driving (as a passenger), but hates using a touchscreen monitor.

I don't think the keyboard/mouse/monitor combination is going to go away
for many yearsespecially for power users. In the portability department,
I like the tablet with possibly an add-on keyboard and mouse. If you are
a touch typist, nothing can really replace a standard keyboard, so if
you want the portability, either an external keyboard via USB or
BlueTooth or magnetically connected like the surface. Sitting at a desk
is not a good mode for a tablet, but does work when you prop it up and
attach a keyboard.

Futuristic solutions, like Kinect, don't play well with me. I prefer
physical touch.

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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