Apple iPad vs Netbook

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Apple iPad® vs Acer Aspire® 1810 Timeline

Let me first say that I understand the Apple iPad is not a replacement for a netbook or laptop. It’s more of an information consumption device than an bi-directional content creation device.  With that said though, there are some people who will inevitably want to know what they can get for $600 regardless of what it does. Is it a fair comparison? Of course not. They do different things but the bottom line is if I found $600 under my cushions, what do I get for that? The iPad 16GB with 3G is $629 while the 32 GB w/o 3G is $599. The Acer Aspire 1810 is $599. To keep things simple, let’s just say they are all around the same price.

iPad Aspire 1810 Notes
Price $599/$629 $599
Weight 1.5-1.6 pounds (.68 kg) 3.1 pound (1.4 kg)
Screen size 9.7″ diagonal 11.6″ diagonal
Thickness .5″ 1.2″
Resolution 1024-by-768-pixels 1366-by-768-pixels
Aspect Ratio A very retro 4:3 16:9
Wireless Wi-Fi + 3G model

  • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Data only2
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
  • Gigabit LAN
Processor 1GHz Apple A4 single core very similar to the one used on the iPhone. Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor SU7300
(3MB L2 cache, 1.30 GHz, 800MHz FSB)
Memory 256 MB 4 GB
Storage 16GB, 32GB 320GB hard drive, 5400RPM
Battery Life 9-10 hours non removable battery 8 hours removable battery
USB ports via $29 connector kit Three USB 2.0
Card slots One Micro SIM/SD card via via $29 connector kit Multi-in-one card reader:
– Supports optional MultiMediaCard™, Secure Digital, Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PRO™ or xD-Picture Card™ – With optional adapter supports optional Memory Stick Duo™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, miniSD™, microSD™, Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard™
HDMI port none √ One
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
None
Operating System Proprietary Windows® 7 Home Premium installed or Linux if you prefer
Webcam No
Keyboard Software keyboard or $69 docking station
Software Anything you want as long as you can get it at the Apple App Store Anything that runs on an Intel processor
Flash support No, so forget about all those sites that run flash
Multitasking No. Want to read while listening to music? Forget it. Want to pause a web video clip to read an email? Forget it. Not just multitasking but multi-core processing.
Tabbed Browsing No. Just pretend it’s 1999. √ Use any browser you want.
Video Chat No, unless you count talking to a reflection of yourself video chat. √ Yes
Hulu.com Nope. Requires flash. √ Yes

The New York Times has a nice review of the iPad from two different perspectives. Just a final note. Time magazine is $5 PER ISSUE from the App Store. I don’t know what world you live in but in no world of mine is Time magazine worth $5 per issue. If magazines think the iPad will be their salvation, they better rethink their pricing strategy.