Happy Friday! Folks, before we jump into offering up some buying advice, we have a couple of announcements. First up, with the anticipation of the Apple iPad release and all other new tablet-type devices to come, I have created a new Tablets forum for your perusal--it's a great destination to discuss, troubleshoot, and help one another with these new devices.
Second on the list is CNET Expert Support, a brand-new CNET paid service that provides you a place to get 24-7 help with PCs, software, and peripherals. From PC maintenance to complex virus removal, CNET Tech Experts can support your technical needs right from the comfort of your home or office. So, if you need that special one-on-one attention and want to resolve a problem quickly without having to get your hands dirty, this is the service for you. Of course, if this isn't your cup of tea, the CNET forums are always open 24-7 with the support of your fellow members! Now let's help Corey decide whether he should go with an Apple iPad or Netbook.
Well, Corey this is by no mean a simple decision. However, since you asked, your fellow members have delivered--bringing up many great points, opinions, and their takes on what each device can offer. I think their views will greatly help you and others decide which device is best for you. The decision boils down to what you will be using it for--beyond, e-mailing, surfing the Web, and portability. Both devices do offer those features. What you want to do beyond those is what decides which device is best suited for you. Our members had a few questions you should ask yourself to help you decide:
-- Do you need a real keyboard?
-- Will you need corporate or special apps that only run on PCs?
-- Is cost a factor?
-- Do you need a lot of storage space?
-- Will you need USB ports?
-- How important is battery life?
These, and many other points can be found in this week's discussion. And folks, by all means please keep your opinions and advice coming in. Thanks to all who have contributed and who have helped keep this discussion on topic, informative, and civil! It's great to hear your voices. Have a great weekend all!
(Note: I will be taking a week off for some family vacation time, so there will be no community newsletter next week. However, if you want to catch up on some of the previous community newsletters, we have all of them archived right here. Enjoy and see you all when I get back!)
Is the Apple iPad or Netbook right for me?
I'm looking for a device that will let me check my e-mail and
surf the Web when I'm travelling, but with a larger screen
and storage size than any phone has. I thought a Netbook
would be the way to go, but now the Apple iPad is coming out,
I'm wondering if that would be a better choice. Any
recommendations for Netbooks, or should I wait for the iPad?
What are the pros and cons of both devices? Whatever I get
needs to be portable and light enough to be hauled around a
lot. Since I'm on the road quite often, sometimes for weeks,
its battery life and charging options are important. All
opinions and suggestions are welcomed. Thanks in advance!
-- Submitted by:
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