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Apple iPad

MSI Wind-Pad
Steve Jobs boasts of 2 million iPads sold

Apple's iPad continues to snare new customers to around the world. Apple was happy to announce earlier in May that it sold over one million iPads in less than a month. Today, thanks to the international launch of the "magical" device, sales have surpassed the two million mark.

This past weekend saw the iPad launch in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Some stores even had customers lining up for hours to get their hands on the device. And as always, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was more than happy to gloat about his company's latest creation.

“Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do,” said Jobs. “We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

In other tablet news, Computex 2010 appears to be shaping up to be a showcase for iPad competitors. Earlier today, we told you about two new tablets from ASUS.

MSI is also getting in on the action with the 10" Wind-Pad. The device features a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD. The device runs Windows 7 Home Premium with a custom touch-focused UI running on top. Other features include USB and HDMI ports, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 3G wireless radio.

According to MSI, the device weighs 1.78 pounds and can operate for up to 8 hours on a charge.

MSI expects to make the Wind-Pad available later this year at a price of around $500.

Updated 5/31/2010 @ 11:48 am

OCW has some additional info on the MSI Wind-Pad. The device features a 1.3MP webcam, a GPS receiver, accelerometer, and a host of MSI-specific software to take advantage of the multi-touch screen.



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RE: Running Windows 7? No thanks
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 5/31/2010 11:31:21 AM , Rating: 5
I understand what you are saying, but you are looking at this device from an IT/management perspective -- these are clearly consumer-driven tablets.

We're talking a full-blown operating system (which wasn't designed from the start to be a low-power, touch-friendly platform) on a sub-two-pound device.

While it's nice to have full-blown Windows functionality in a tablet form-factor, you're already cutting yourself off at the knees by going with a keyboard-less slate in the first place that uses touch input. So you might as well use an operating system that is designed from the ground up to enhance that experience than one where it is an afterthought.

That's all I'm saying :)


RE: Running Windows 7? No thanks
By MarcLeFou on 5/31/2010 12:11:32 PM , Rating: 2
Granted I haven't tried it for myself but wasn't W7 built with touch functionality in mind ?

Wasn't MS showcassing that big multitouch table thing with W7 before its launch ?


By damianrobertjones on 5/31/2010 2:54:17 PM , Rating: 2
I have, only multiple machines and once you set DPI to 125%, it's absolutely fine/easy/fluid to use as a touch device.


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