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  • The Wind Pad Joins the Eee Pad to Take on the iPad



    Competition in the global marketplace for tablet computers is growing. And while Apple isn't necessarily looking over its shoulder just yet, the era of the "pad" is clearly taking hold as everyone seems to be gearing up for an attempt at capturing some of the iPad's gargantuan market share.

    On Monday, MMi covered Netbook PC pioneer Asus' first tablet offering, the Eee Pad, which is gratuitously boasting iPad alternative attributes like Adobe Flash compatibility, a USB port, and even a camera. But the Eee Pad is now joined by another tablet similarly introduced at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan this week. And, together, these two fresh offerings have some industry analysts speculating that Asia may soon give rise to the next big thing in tablet computers - at least in overseas markets.

    When it comes to challenging the iPad, MSI professes to be ready for battle with its "Wind Pad," a tablet that will be available with Windows 7 or Google's Android operating system. Either versions sport a 10-inch touchscreen, a 1.66-GHz Intel Atom processor, 2 GB of system memory, and a 32-GB SSD. The MSI product will reportedly run less than $500 and be available this year. Makers of the Eee Pad, on the other hand, have not yet announced a potential release time frame for its new device. But both new "pads" are expected to be priced well below Apple's iPad.

    Although no one knows for sure if MSI and Asus will strike gold with their tablet PCs, in a world where two million iPads are sold within the first 60 days of launch, there is clearly major market demand for these products. And, as a result, the environment should prove friendly to any substantive tablet offering.

    Of course, it's yet to be seen just how "substantive" the Wind Pad and Eee Pad will ultimately be.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: The Wind Pad Joins the Eee Pad to Take on the iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 58 Comments
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      It doesn't look like W7 is modified for netbooks based on this:

      Windows 7 for Netbooks - Buy and download from Microsoft Store
      A Dell Inspiron Mini 9 ran Windows 7 Netbook Edition just fine. With much less RAM than this tablet (1.6ghz @ 512mb RAM). They were simultaneously able to open 21 windows with no low-RAM warning.

      Article:
      Windows 7 for Notebooks and Netbooks : Windows 7 on Netbooks
      Specs:
      Dell Inspiron Mini 9 reviews, specifications and community links.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Win7 home will run great with 2GB ram.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Here's an article saying that W7 is sluggish and needs at least 2GB RAM on a netbook to perform.

      Windows 7 on a netbook - My verdict | ZDNet

      I'm still curious and after months of asking this question I still have not gotten a specific, definite or remotely convincing argument.

      What specifically can (or want) the eeePad or the Wind Pad do with Windows 7 that the iPad can't do with an app from the App Store? You must take hardware limitations into consideration. Please don't give ambiguous retarded answers like "anything I want.. it's a full OS!" as this does not specifically answer the question or compare/contrast the two devices.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Here's an article saying that W7 is sluggish and needs at least 2GB RAM on a netbook to perform.

      Windows 7 on a netbook - My verdict | ZDNet
      Yes, that's to have better performance. But 512mb was suitable as well. And this tablet has 2GB of RAM in the first place, so the author of your article would agree that it's enough.
    1. Teban's Avatar
      Teban -
      I belIeve their referring to window 7 MOBILE? Who would buy the android OS over a real OS if they had a choice. I have the I pad I like it a lot but I do not love it a lot, however I use the s*** out of it and would do more with it, if it did more. That's the thing with El Jobsiritto hey give you just enough to want more and next year the list will grow of must haves and he'll give 17% of that list. Smart!!!!!, but frustrating!
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Teban View Post
      I belIeve their referring to window 7 MOBILE? Who would buy the android OS over a real OS if they had a choice. I have the I pad I like it a lot but I do not love it a lot, however I use the s*** out of it and would do more with it, if it did more. That's the thing with El Jobsiritto hey give you just enough to want more and next year the list will grow of must haves and he'll give 17% of that list. Smart!!!!!, but frustrating!
      No, it's not Win7 Mobile.
    1. Teban's Avatar
      Teban -
      Then why give an option of the android OS ? Who would choose that? Something doesn't add up?
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Teban View Post
      Then why give an option of the android OS ? Who would choose that? Something doesn't add up?
      Just because it's Android OS does not mean it has to be the one used on smartphones. Google is developing Android OS for tablets (last I heard)

      http://www.pcworld.com/article/19403...ming_soon.html
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Windows 7 with a 1.66 Ghz single core Atom processor = FAIL. This is barely enough power to run XP on a netbook. The OS itself may not be "crippled" as you all say above compared to the iPad OS but the processing power required to run multitasking or gaming or any significant program WILL be crippled by these specs. Also the touch support for W7 sucks at the moment.

      The second this is released is the second everyone will start complaining about it's sucky battery life and lack of performance.
      man you nail it right on the money these people here dont know what they talking about,just before the ipad came out i got the archos9 with almos the same specs.man that thing is so garbage,slow to boot,touch screen not like the ipad or iphone they need a better proessor than these atom garbage, i should have donated that $500 to charity all you douches crying about apple and the ipad well i have a windows tablet pc for sell if you want it it's yours for $200. let us know how you like using it compare to the ipad lol.
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      I wouldn't even consider another tablet device unless it had 3g connectivity!

      Give me a windows7 Tablet device with 3G and usb ports for under $400
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      man you nail it right on the money these people here dont know what they talking about,just before the ipad came out i got the archos9 with almos the same specs.man that thing is so garbage,slow to boot,touch screen not like the ipad or iphone they need a better proessor than these atom garbage, i should have donated that $500 to charity all you douches crying about apple and the ipad well i have a windows tablet pc for sell if you want it it's yours for $200. let us know how you like using it compare to the ipad lol.
      Directly for Microsoft:

      If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, here's what it takes:
      *1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
      *1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
      *16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
      1. Check.
      2. Check.
      3. Check.

      These are for the Full-PC windows 7. This will run the Windows 7 for Netbooks, which I suppose requires slightly less HD space.

      Windows 7 System Requirements
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      I like the specs on this more than the iPad.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      There is no such thing as "Windows 7 for Netbooks". After all the Googling I've done it's the same OS and takes up the same amount of HD space after installing. A windows experience level of around 2.5 is all you can expect with these specs which will disable all the flashy Aero UI stuff which is the only thing that makes W7 worth using.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Well, the specs of this will definitely suite Windows 7. Only issue is space (~16GB remain after OS installation), but since it has USB ports an external HD would fix that pretty quick.
    1. CMOSlabs's Avatar
      CMOSlabs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Windows 7 with a 1.66 Ghz single core Atom processor = FAIL.
      I have Win7 on my Aspire One. Its pretty wimpy with 2 gigs and the Atom processor. As with XP or Win7 you go into services and shut down some of the services. Tweek the startup, and some of the registry settings and you can get a lean fast running windows. Though you are right with the lame touch screen. There working on that, so they say.

      I hope with all these tablets that will be coming out that you can chose/hack what os you can put on them. Linux, Ubuntu, Android, etc.
    1. tgabriel123's Avatar
      tgabriel123 -
      ill probably just stick with the iPad.
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      Y pay that much for windows based tablet when i can have ipad for the same money those people dont think. things i can do ipad and things i cant do with windows tablet if u know what i nmean.

      they gotta stop SSD cards those are old school.
      lol u r pretty ignorant, the solid state drives are no where near old school u fool, they r new and very fast hard drives. they can also be expanded up to about 250gb so id just swap the ssd if i wanted more memory, id like to see the iTampon do that.
    1. Laughingman-ca's Avatar
      Laughingman-ca -
      I find it amusing how it is spun that apple came up with the idea of the portable tablet pc. The fact of the matter is there were small tablets available to us for years... here is a link to one I was considering a year ago!
      viliv X70 Atom
      This ones spec's are better than the itampon and it was available over a year ago!
    1. bimmercub's Avatar
      bimmercub -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Windows 7 with a 1.66 Ghz single core Atom processor = FAIL. This is barely enough power to run XP on a netbook. The OS itself may not be "crippled" as you all say above compared to the iPad OS but the processing power required to run multitasking or gaming or any significant program WILL be crippled by these specs. Also the touch support for W7 sucks at the moment.

      The second this is released is the second everyone will start complaining about it's sucky battery life and lack of performance.
      I run w7 ultimate on my netbook (which came with xp)and have had no issues. the os runs great and for the basics (email, internet browsing, word processing, and running work programs like Quickbooks 2010, esc, map point 09, etc) it works great. i normally multitask and end up with outlook 07, firefox (with 5-6 open tabs) esc, qb, and a remote access program open and it handles everything just fine. sure its not gonna excel at games or anything like that, but that's not why i bought it. i also can get 8 hours of use between charges (if i turn the back light down almost all the way and disable the wireless adapter) i have an asus eee with the n270 atom 1.67gh with 2 gb ram. runs areo fine too. i used this machine for 4 months before installing 7 and i actually find that it runs 7 better than xp and i have yet to have a single crash or lockup. 7 even installed all the drivers (except the apci)during setup. office 07 runs great, firefox runs great, altho i do use the firefox preloader for faster program start up times.
    1. Success.Is.Sweet's Avatar
      Success.Is.Sweet -
      I've been running Windows 7 Ultimate on my old eee 900A netbook for some time now. It runs great on a 16GB SSD. I've used it multiple times in my Calc 3 class this semester making 3D models in MAPLE, and it took it like a champ. It won't multitask heavy programs, but that's more of a single core processor problem than a memory issue. Currently it is running 1GB of RAM because I threw the 2GB stick I had in it into my other laptop, but even then with full Aero it runs perfectly. I don't understand why anyone would think that a more recent Atom couldn't do this?

      Also, Windows 7 runs much faster than XP in my experience with the super low end netbooks. I got my dad one of the original 900MHz Celeron 1GB RAM eee 900's, and it runs extremely well with Windows 7. It can't run Aero because it's limited by the drivers, but you would be impressed with how optimized Windows 7 is even on such low end hardware.