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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 Drag0nFire on 5/31/2010 2:30:56 PM , Rating: 2
X301 = $2000
MSI windpad = $500

Certainly, it's not as powerful as your X301. But it's lighter, smaller, and cheaper. For someone who spends significant time commuting on public transportation or traveling, a cheap tablet can offer the ability to surf the web, read a PDF, or watch a movie.

Furthermore, a tablet is something I might carry around my house, use on my couch, etc. A laptop I will put on my desk or table and move myself there when I need it.

I think the tablet form factor will be valuable to many people. It does not replace a laptop or a smartphone, but can offload tasks you're used to doing on each.

RE: Running Windows 7? No thanks
By damianrobertjones on 5/31/2010 2:53:06 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, Acer 1820pt while we're comparing prices.

RE: Running Windows 7? No thanks
By sebmel on 5/31/2010 7:30:47 PM , Rating: 1
What a terrible name!


Is that something you sit on to disguise flatulence?

RE: Running Windows 7? No thanks
By sebmel on 5/31/2010 7:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, it's a name more suited to a whoopie cushion:

That's a flatulence pad, for those who haven't come across one... a wind-pad.

By retrospooty on 5/31/2010 9:46:13 PM , Rating: 2
My Point is that a small laptop for the same price is preferable since neither fits in your pocket. There are netbooks out there the same screen size for $300 that are more powerful, even with the Atom.

Once the Apple fanboy rush to buy thing wears off and people actually start using them, then realize its not that great of a thing, sales will dwindle.

Smartphones are the future, LAptops are for those that need more power. A smartphone OS in the size of a laptop (read: cant fit in pocket) wont last.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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