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Microsoft's dual-screen Courier e-Book reader/journal device reportedly will wage war with Apple's iPad late this year.  (Source: Engadget)

The device is reportedly powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 and includes a camera.  (Source: Engadget)

The device will use the same OS code base used by the Zune HD and Windows Mobile 7 operating systems.  (Source: Engadget)
Details on the upcoming portable e-book reader/journal device leak

It may be a battle of the tablets when two of the electronics industry's biggest stars -- Microsoft and Apple -- go head to head with competing tablet designs later this year.  According to Engadget,whose sources were some of the first to leak details on Microsoft's upcoming Courier tablet, Microsoft will release the Courier in Q3 or Q4 of this year.

Apple's iPad certainly turned some heads when it was previewed in January, though not all of the attention it received was positive.  Despite curiously selecting a name that was once used in a Mad TV parody skit about feminine hygiene products, the device is sure to draw some early customers, if nothing else, when it launches to Wi-Fi and 3G forms in April (April 3 for the Wi-Fi version).

Long time Apple rival Microsoft has been working on its own tablet for nearly as long as the Cupertino corporation.  In September 2009, even as Apple's designs remained secret and unknown, pictures and details about Microsoft's Courier dual-screen tablet device first aired.

Since, Apple has taken the reins with its big January iPad announcement, and Microsoft has been curiously quiet.  However, 
Engadget's source has leaked a lot of new information about the upcoming tablet.

According to the source, the Courier will weigh just over a pound (similar to the iPad, which weighs 1.6 lb) and will function as a "digital journal"-cum-eBook reader.  It will be under and inch thick and have a closed size about as big as a 5x7 inch picture.  Its two screens will reportedly be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2, a ultra-low-voltage Cortex A9 ARM processor.

The tablet will run on the same base OS that Windows Mobile 7 and the Zune HD OS are built on, Windows CE 6.  The device will center around writing and drawing, with the ability to post everything you write to a personal website with flexible sharing levels.  Like the iPad, the Courier will have a 3.5 mm headphone jack, but it one-ups its fruity competitor, offering a built-in camera as well.

Engadget has new HD videos of the device in action, but the content is mostly the sames as the preview videos that aired in September.  The focus on journal activities is reiterated in them.

Ultimately, the iPad and the Courier are both very alike and very different.  Both share the same challenges -- a public that for years has been lukewarm to tablet devices and the challenge of selling an eye strain-inducing LCD device as an eBook reader.  At the same time, both devices may be able to carve out a niche for themselves by their different perks in addition to being an eBook reader.  In Apple's case it's the iPad's app library, which includes the ability to run higher resolution apps.  In Microsoft's case it's the journal functionality of the device, which seems well suited for the blog-loving busy current internet population.

It should be interesting to see who comes out on top when the pair go head to head sometime late this year or early next year.



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Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By Suntan on 3/8/2010 9:26:48 AM , Rating: 5
If you could turn it sideways and watch a video on the top screen while surfing the internet on the bottom (all fluidly and without hiccups) it would actually be a cool toy to have around the house.

The advantage that this has over the pad is that you can close it and the screen is protected so you can then set it off to the side on the counter (as with a netbook.) With the pad, the screen is always open and it is always taking up just as much counter space, even when not in use.

-Suntan




RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By Pirks on 3/8/10, Rating: -1
RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By DanNeely on 3/8/10, Rating: 0
RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By Pirks on 3/8/2010 10:30:12 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The iPad has a 12" screen
Actually it has 9.7" screen.


RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By DanNeely on 3/9/2010 11:09:17 AM , Rating: 2
Oops. In that case unless the courier's screens are only 7" diagonal or use a lower power backlight they probably will draw more power than the iPad's screen. Since both devices appear to be targeting the same weight category that probably gives the battery edge to the iPad.

If the rumors about the iPad using an older arm core are correct the Tegra probably can do more computing at a given power level which will help, but on a device this small the screens will probably remain the dominant power consumer until someone figures out how to make larger OLED screens at an affordable price.


By DanNeely on 3/9/2010 11:12:02 AM , Rating: 2
I just saw the comment about the iPad using an IPS screen; MS could counter the power draw from theirs having more area with TN screens; but they'd get all the viewing angle issues that come with TN screens like are on normal laptops.


By ImSpartacus on 3/8/2010 10:30:53 AM , Rating: 2
The iPad has a 9.7" 4:3 screen, not a 12" 7:5 screen.


By Suntan on 3/8/2010 10:18:28 AM , Rating: 3
Its battery life will either help or hinder its sales. Whatever it is. I certainly don’t care if a gadget has an inefficient processor that kills battery life or 2 screens that is the culprit. I only care how long it runs, and that it doesn’t get overheated if used while sitting on a surface like a couch cushion or a blanket.

Also, the screen on the tablet is an IPS screen, which offers a nice view, but is not very efficient compared to a regular TN screen. If you want to bag on this thing for its power wasting screen, you need to bag on the pad for the having the same problem.

-Suntan


RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By nafhan on 3/8/2010 10:22:21 AM , Rating: 2
I think the bezel/hinge in the middle is a much bigger problem, especially if you are trying to do something that spans both screens. Should be fine for reading, but games or videos are going to have a difficult time using all available screen real estate.
Anyway, I'm not certain that two small screens would have all that much worse of a power profile than one big screen. Isn't most of an LCD's power usage going to the backlighting? So, unless they are using two full strength backlights, it'd probably be more a single large screen, but a lot less than double.


RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By Aloonatic on 3/8/2010 10:55:27 AM , Rating: 2
Weren't organic LED screens suppose to be able to flex enough to make it so that a device like this could have 1 big screen that folded in 2?

I seem to recall Samsung or someone showing off a phone aaaages ago which did that. Not sure what the long term affects are of such a thing, probably not great, but it would make something like the Courier even better.


RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By nafhan on 3/8/2010 11:50:34 AM , Rating: 2
It was either them or Sony (maybe both). They made a flexible screen, but it wasn't even close to folding in half. I'm sure they're working on it, and it'll happen eventually, though.


By Aloonatic on 3/8/2010 12:03:13 PM , Rating: 2
I found the video that I was thinking of:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2SCZvU8sGU

Seems to fold pretty well, but it's hardly the greatest quality video in the world.


By afkrotch on 3/8/2010 7:23:27 PM , Rating: 2
OLED would also up the price by like $2000.


RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By DanNeely on 3/9/2010 11:13:28 AM , Rating: 2
Depends on the software. 2 small screens has worked for the Nintendo DS. It does argue towards different uses than a single bigger screen.


By Aloonatic on 3/10/2010 7:02:29 AM , Rating: 2
I guess we call all be grateful that Nintendo haven't slapped a patent on an electronic device with 2 screens and such, as a certain other company might have done.


By uibo on 3/8/2010 11:32:19 AM , Rating: 3
I'm pretty sure they will have some power saving features- maybe a way to shut down the other screen manually.


By FoundationII on 3/8/2010 2:20:41 PM , Rating: 1
Which is why an iPad is useless, just get an iPod touch.


RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By ImSpartacus on 3/8/2010 10:02:01 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, if the Courier can multitask, it will just stomp the iPad completely.


RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By reader1 on 3/8/10, Rating: -1
RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By uibo on 3/8/2010 11:37:26 AM , Rating: 2
Then don't use it. The decreased battery life might not come into play at all if your gonna hook it up to a charger well before it gets empty.


RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By reader1 on 3/8/10, Rating: -1
RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By retrospooty on 3/8/2010 2:15:48 PM , Rating: 2
"Apps running on mobile processors would take a significant performance hit when multitasking. People would try it once, realize it was too slow, and never do it again.

Once again, Apple is ahead of the curve. "

BEST SPIN EVAR!!!

Back to reality, other phones do it without a battery life problem... Why does the iphone have a problem?

It reminds me of Job's excuse for why the first iPhone didnt have 3G - Jobs said it was becasue it sucks the battery life. OF course dozens of other phones from other makers had been using it fro well over a year without battery problems. then, 1 year later the iPhone 3G comes out and it doesnt have battery life issues...

My Point- Jobs is full of sheeeeeiit!


By retrospooty on 3/8/2010 2:16:37 PM , Rating: 2
edit / battery life and perfomance. Other phoness do it all without issue.


By adiposity on 3/8/2010 6:18:53 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Apps running on mobile processors would take a significant performance hit when multitasking. People would try it once, realize it was too slow, and never do it again. Once again, Apple is ahead of the curve.


I'm starting to think you are just making fun of apple lovers. Not implementing something=ahead of the curve? I can understand justifying the decision, but how is this an advantage?

By your own statement, multi-processing devices can just as easily be used as single-processing ones! So where is the advantage in only allowing one option?


RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By reader1 on 3/8/10, Rating: -1
By Ard on 3/8/2010 10:12:24 AM , Rating: 5
Yeah, gonna have to disagree with that one. The iPad is absolutely redundant. It's a giant iPhone without the phone capabilities. It has the same OS, the same apps & store, the same interface, and the same limitations. I'm sorry, throwing in iWork does not make the device any less redundant.


By ImSpartacus on 3/8/2010 10:28:36 AM , Rating: 5
Call me crazy, but I believe the Courier is actually the one that is not redundant.

Everything I've seen the iPad do, an iPhone or PC can do just as well.

However, what MS has advertised with the Courier, I honestly have not seen in any other machine. Such fluid note-taking and project management, it's astounding.

I think it goes without saying that the Courier will be able to play videos and access the web, but that's all redundant. MS isn't really pushing on those features.

MS is advertising the features that count.


By Cru on 3/8/2010 12:54:56 PM , Rating: 1
Seriously... Reader1 is the most hated guy on the internet. Everytime I see his name, it's next to a comment you have to expand to read.

I guess the redundancy he's talking about has nothing to do with it being a very large iPhone without an antenna or camera. :\


RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By Spoelie on 3/8/2010 10:10:39 AM , Rating: 3
Another possible advantage is that, only when typing is needed, one of the two screens could turn entirely into a keyboard, simulating laptop behavior.

Whether this is going to be any more useful than an iPad is still up for debate, but the concept shows potential.


RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By Aloonatic on 3/8/2010 10:34:34 AM , Rating: 2
When the iPad was announced, there was a video of this thing floating around youtube and it looks pretty clever. I guess a lot of it is going to come down to how good WinMo 7 is.

All good news for the buying public though. iPad v Courier v Android based tablets = happy consumers, assuming anyoen wants one at all that is.


By afkrotch on 3/8/2010 7:34:41 PM , Rating: 2
Windows based tablet > iPad/Courier/Android


RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By superPC on 3/8/2010 11:21:13 AM , Rating: 2
the strange thing is that from the video http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/05/microsofts-cour... it seems to look like the courier supports flash while it has been confirmed that windows mobile 7 won't support it because of performance issue http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/02/no-flash-on... if both are based on the same zune HD OS, both should support flash (or not support)


RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By Pirks on 3/8/10, Rating: 0
RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By Cru on 3/8/2010 1:04:37 PM , Rating: 2
Awesome, flash developers will be out of work with the other masses of unemployed.. Can't wait!! /s


RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By Pirks on 3/8/10, Rating: 0
RE: Slightly more useful than a pad imo
By Cru on 3/8/2010 2:06:21 PM , Rating: 2
After IE6. Never.


By webdev511 on 3/8/2010 12:45:11 PM , Rating: 4
Silverlight can do virtually all the same things as Flash, but without the existing security nightmare.


Will it do internet video?
By nafhan on 3/8/2010 10:09:50 AM , Rating: 3
Same as the iPad, streaming video will be the deal breaker for me on this class of devices. This thing would need to have either Flash or stand alone "apps" for (at minimum) Hulu and Netflix in order to catch my interest. That gets me wondering if MS's Xbox/Netflix deal might come into play...
Yeah, competition!




RE: Will it do internet video?
By mmntech on 3/8/10, Rating: 0
RE: Will it do internet video?
By StevoLincolnite on 3/8/2010 11:35:20 AM , Rating: 2
I think we may end up with Silverlight instead, maybe.


RE: Will it do internet video?
By Pirks on 3/8/2010 12:18:35 PM , Rating: 1
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/02/no-flash-on... <- "Microsoft would prefer to use its own Silverlight plugin instead"


RE: Will it do internet video?
By Roffles on 3/8/2010 2:51:15 PM , Rating: 2
Really now, I've heard this comment too many times for this sort of device. "This device is worthless to me without Hulu, NetFlix, Flash, Video farting around and wasting time." What I see in the Currier demo is a portable device that is going to help me organize my personal and business life. It's time to think big and have a dream. Leave your movies and video games at home while your out in the world making life happen.


RE: Will it do internet video?
By afkrotch on 3/8/2010 7:42:40 PM , Rating: 2
Why not just leave all electronic devices at home then? While you're at it, get a big backpack, some trail mix, a bottle of water, and just go hiking along the Iranian border too.

I sit on a train for 2 hours going to Seoul. I'd like to have something nice to pass the time, instead of staring at other ppl.


RE: Will it do internet video?
By Roffles on 3/8/2010 10:16:51 PM , Rating: 2
No? Their are endless PMP's and E-readers out there that that are designed for people who sit on trains. Go buy one of those if that's how you want to spend your morning and stop projecting your wants and needs onto a device that is clearly demonstrated to be used for something else.


Pricing
By Kromis on 3/8/2010 9:26:03 AM , Rating: 5
This is something I'm interested in buying. I hope it's "more affordable" for the feature set than the iPad.




RE: Pricing
By Ard on 3/8/2010 10:17:47 AM , Rating: 2
I would agree. I've been in the market for an eBook reader for awhile now and this is something I'm really interested in. Microsoft's advantage over Apple here is they're not trying to be everything to everyone. This device looks to be firmly planted in the eBook reader/media player space and if it were priced right I'd have no problem picking one up over the next Kindle. Fundamentally, I just want an eBook reader; but, I'll never turn down extra features if they make sense and they're worth it from a price/performance point.


RE: Pricing
By Aloonatic on 3/8/2010 10:29:00 AM , Rating: 1
Someone gave a link to a pretty useful looking Adroid/Tegra based tablet in the last article that was about the iPad.

The advantage of that was that it had a screen that was both a normal colour screen, but also a black and white eInk type screen too. Seemed like a nifty piece of kit if you are looking for an eReader-cum-tablet PC.

Hopefully someone will have a link. It's taken me so long to right this that someone probably already has posted one.


RE: Pricing
By Pirks on 3/8/2010 10:51:31 AM , Rating: 1
RE: Pricing
By Aloonatic on 3/8/2010 10:51:10 AM , Rating: 2
http://androidandme.com/2010/02/news/notion-ink-ad...

Perhaps not the greatest source, and the info in the table probably isn't super reliable - price $327 :D to $800 :( - but it's a start.


Light years ahead...
By xpax on 3/8/2010 10:29:37 AM , Rating: 3
This is light years ahead of the iPad. If you think otherwise, see your therapist -- you're delusional.

The Courier is a well thought out device that is more like a PDA than a general tablet. Check out the videos, the interface provides a slick and intuitive experience. It's designed to do most things the average person needs to do on-the-go and to do them quickly and easily. The handwriting recognition will be top-notch.

The iPad on the other hand, is just a big iPod Touch -- it brings nothing new to the table whatsoever. No new interface paradigm, no handwriting recognition, and an on-screen keyboard that will be absolutely useless unless the device is on a table. It is exactly what I said, a big iPod Touch -- everything is just scaled up. Other than that, there's nothing new or exciting about it.




RE: Light years ahead...
By Babbui on 3/8/2010 2:02:03 PM , Rating: 2
That's quite advanced considering it doesn't even exist!


RE: Light years ahead...
By xpax on 3/8/2010 2:04:58 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
That's quite advanced considering it doesn't even exist!

I have a friend at Microsoft who is working on this product. I'm not even going into the features that haven't already been leaked -- needless to say, they're substantial.

It's way beyond the slapped-together mess that Apple is selling.


RE: Light years ahead...
By adiposity on 3/8/2010 6:25:49 PM , Rating: 2
It's mostly pointless to compare unreleased products with released ones.

For one thing, they exist in different markets because they are not released in the same time frame. By the time we see this on the market, what will the date be?

For another, we cannot compare performance, advertised "features" (that we don't know for sure yet will be there), screen readability, or the overall experience, until we actually have one to test.

It sounds like you are more informed than most of us, but an independent reviewer's opinion is probably more valuable than someone who works on the project. Microsoft has screwed up more than one product launch.

That said, the product looks cool and I would definitely consider getting one. By pre-specs alone, I'm fairly confident its feature set will be superior to the iPad. Hopefully its battery performance and OS don't ruin it.

-Dan


Two things...
By greylica on 3/8/2010 9:37:25 AM , Rating: 2
One: Please, don't use shiny and glossy screens, without anti-glare.

Second: I expect to use free software also, so don't brick/block those devices, or I will never buy one...




RE: Two things...
By theapparition on 3/8/2010 9:39:45 AM , Rating: 1
Cue Reader1 with his tired "only closed platforms will succeed" religion in five, four, three........


RE: Two things...
By thekdub on 3/8/2010 10:41:37 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I expect to use free software also, so don't brick/block those devices, or I will never buy one...

Microsoft needs to actually make software available for this thing first. I know this is a completely different platform, but the software/application availability for the Zune HD has been extremely underwhelming considering what the thing is capable of. Microsoft would be foolish to let the same thing happen to this device.


This thing looks awesome
By ZachDontScare on 3/8/2010 3:41:27 PM , Rating: 2
I really like the foldable format. It will make it much easier to carry around. I've been waiting for years for something like this. The iPad had promise, but being 'locked' like an iphone, and using the iphone OS instead of OSX just makes the thing useless to me. The courier looks like it could be the one - I just hope they dont lock it up too. I think MS is smart enough to know that there's a lot of people that want to use the device in specific vertical markets that wouldnt be served by an app store that they wont brick unlock Couriers if they do go that route.




RE: This thing looks awesome
By afkrotch on 3/8/2010 7:45:46 PM , Rating: 2
It's going to be locked to WinMo7, which is a cellphone OS.


As long as
By Zstream on 3/8/2010 4:51:08 PM , Rating: 2
The browser is quick, has multi-touch and has plenty of battery life. Oh and please do not support flash or silverlight, they both suck!




RE: As long as
By afkrotch on 3/8/2010 8:50:14 PM , Rating: 2
There's nothing wrong with supporting either flash or silverlight. If you don't like it, simply don't use it.


From an Educational perspective.....
By SuzInKS on 3/8/2010 6:58:24 PM , Rating: 2
I work in Higher Ed and I think this comes closer to what students will need than what I've seen so far. This is what I see any type of device like this will need to be if it is to be a huge breakout success:

1. HAS TO MULTITASK -students have to be able to look at the e-textbook and take notes at the same time on a page (virtual). Students will also need to look up a words at the same time, view a page or video online, copy links, texts, and graphics over to their notes. Multitasking and being able to output to some other device is a must. Without it-the only market its good for is the consumer market.

2. pretty much every college has online courses. So the browser will need to be able to access the learning management system (like Blackboard, Moodle, eCollege). Those packages don't fully support every browser that comes out so it has to have the ability to download supported browsers. It can't just run Safari or Chrome-like browsers because those cause problem or parts of the course systems won't work. And again, it will need to be able to do both a browser and something that can take notes.

3. It will need some package that will allow the users to sync to their laptop or desktop. A laptop or netbook is not the most convenient thing to take to class since you are constantly running out of battery life but students will need to sync back up to to their laptop or desktop at home to move class, study, or research notes on to an appliance that was built to synthesis the info into an assignment.

Those are the three musts that I'm looking for in one of the new tablet/ebook/booklet/pad devices. If they can't do these, then I think it will stay a consumer level entertainment device....which is one way they can go I suppose. The company that gets these right will be way out in front. jmho




By Boze on 3/8/2010 8:22:58 PM , Rating: 2
Courier by its very nature is a multi-tasker. Look at the concept videos. It appears that the different aspects of the tablet are "always on" and are just switched to on the fly when you need them.

As far as #2, I never use my university's website, not even in class. Its trivial to download everything I need for a class (PowerPoints, PDFs, etc.) and then sync it with my netbook. And that also brings up a very sore spot for me about the Blackboard software that you mention, which my university uses. The developers of that POS need a wallop upside the head. I have to use IE, my least favorite browser in order to access the system, because they morons can't figure out how to make it work with Chrome. It would work fine, if they'd just learn how to properly code HTML and use standards.

So in review...

Point 1 is already done.
Point 2 is largely pointless, insofar as my experience and that of my friends demonstrates
Point 3 is such a basic demand that I don't think its even worth mentioning... although I'll mention it, since it was already covered in the new Courier videos that you can publish to the web and download the entire journal in PowerPoint, PDF, and some 3rd format of which I did not the icon.


Wow! This is going to kill iPad.
By mxnerd on 3/9/2010 1:26:51 AM , Rating: 2
For so many years, I always criticize Microsoft for it's products being slow, buggy & clumsy.

If this Courier is for real and if it does not feel slow when you use it, I would say it will be the best Microsoft product ever, and it's going to kill iPad!




By Aloonatic on 3/9/2010 6:44:03 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
it's going to kill iPad
I think we're all (well, maybe not all) hoping that that will be at least somewhere close to being true. However, I would just like to ask you to moderated your expectations until we see more.

Unless you are a corporate user that is, as what we have seen is that MS WinMo based smart-phones (of which this is a glorified example, like the iPad is a glorified iPhone) is that they are geared more towards the business/productivity environment, where as Apple's devices are more of a lifestyle accessory affair, that might do everything, but what they do do, they normally do well. I know what WinMo 7 is supposed to be a big change, but who knows.

Having seen a few of the on-line videos about the courier, I've not seen much that changes my perception of the 2 companies approaches to the market. If Apple price their iPad anywhere near this, and people are able to use the apps that they already own for their iPhone and are familiar with the interface, I'm not sure that it's going to be as easy for MS as you appear to think.


pr0n
By AssBall on 3/8/2010 10:50:57 AM , Rating: 2
"digital journal"-cum-eBook

For all those steamy Danielle Steele novels! Now with included tissue!




Stylus?
By TallCoolOne on 3/8/2010 11:10:23 AM , Rating: 2
The second picture looks like the hand is holding a stylus while touching the screen with one finger. The fine writng on the screen would also suggest that the Courier can use a stylus in addition to a touch interface.




By Babbui on 3/8/2010 1:01:41 PM , Rating: 2
A made-up product that one can depict in animations doing fantastic things will always trump a real product you can actually hold in your hand!




Neither Courier nor iPad...
By Marlonsm on 3/8/2010 2:29:22 PM , Rating: 2
I'm still waiting for the HP Slate.

Real OS > Phone OS

And you can always dualboot with a lightweight Linux distro for (almost) instant-on if that's an issue for you.




If this tracks like past M$ efforts
By Jeff8737 on 3/8/10, Rating: 0
By afkrotch on 3/8/2010 8:52:51 PM , Rating: 2
Past MS efforts. You mean like Windows or the 360? The Zune came way late to the game, when the market was already solidified.

Tablet/Slates. Ya, market is still wide open, mainly cause no one ever cared for it.


Can it be true ?
By William Gaatjes on 3/12/2010 1:03:24 PM , Rating: 2
I hoped for a dual page e- reader to be made for some time now. This could be interesting. I hope they will keep a close eye on the finer details when it comes to usability, user interface, open standard features ,powersaving features and so on...




Courier will fail.
By reader1 on 3/8/10, Rating: -1
RE: Courier will fail.
By Pirks on 3/8/2010 9:52:42 AM , Rating: 5
Courier's two screens allow it to do things one-screen iPad can't.


RE: Courier will fail.
By aegisofrime on 3/8/2010 10:20:51 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Courier's two screens allow it to do things one-screen iPad can't.


Have I gone mad or is Pirks actually saying that a Microsoft product is better than an Apple one?


RE: Courier will fail.
By Abrahmm on 3/8/2010 10:28:59 AM , Rating: 2
I must have gone mad too... I just rated Pirks UP!!! What's the world coming to?


RE: Courier will fail.
By Camikazi on 3/8/2010 12:38:59 PM , Rating: 2
Who are you and what have you done with Pirks?


RE: Courier will fail.
By Pirks on 3/8/2010 12:45:13 PM , Rating: 3
This information is classified.


RE: Courier will fail.
By Boze on 3/8/2010 8:17:17 PM , Rating: 2
There's a little tear in my eye... and after a decade and a half of jaded Internet usage... Pirks, of all people, is restoring my faith in sense and rationality on the net.

Welcome back to the camp of rationality Pirks! We're all so proud.


RE: Courier will fail.
By Pirks on 3/8/2010 8:43:14 PM , Rating: 2
Rationality? Is this how you hypocrites call Apple bashing these days? ;)


RE: Courier will fail.
By crystal clear on 3/8/2010 5:52:31 PM , Rating: 1
....but ! will cost you more....

You pay for the luxury of 2 screens...nothing comes free.

Not like those deals at the supermarket-

Buy one get the second free !

Hey Pirks doesnt the whole article appear/sound like spam !!!!!


RE: Courier will fail.
By afkrotch on 3/8/2010 8:56:55 PM , Rating: 2
Why would it cost more? Just cause you get 2, doesn't mean it has to cost more.

I can buy two 25" LCDs for less than I can buy a single 50" LCD.


RE: Courier will fail.
By adiposity on 3/8/2010 6:29:32 PM , Rating: 2
Not really, if you really wanted two "screens" you could do it in software. Unless this thing lets you face the two screens opposite directions, which could be cool...


RE: Courier will fail.
By luseferous on 3/8/2010 9:58:18 AM , Rating: 3
Can I have some of your drugs please.

The I pad is an over sized pmp/smartphone though missing the phone features a web cam and so much else....

quote:
The iPad's bigger screen allows it to do things smartphones and PMPs can't.


Name something.


RE: Courier will fail.
By kkwst2 on 3/8/2010 10:20:22 AM , Rating: 2
That's simple, the iPad allows you to view content from 2-3 times farther away than the iPhone. This will accommodate the vastly under-served population of people who can't bend their elbows adequately to properly use an iPhone.


RE: Courier will fail.
By StevoLincolnite on 3/8/2010 11:34:20 AM , Rating: 2
The iPad would be better suited as a coffee coaster to! Might even keep that particular beverage warm!
Just a shame it's not round...


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