What's in your perfect tablet?

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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

With the rumour mill starting to gear up about the iPad 2, we thought we'd ask you, the readers, what would make your perfect tablet?

Hitchhiker's iPad to the Galaxy

Get it engraved with "Ford Prefect" and you're done. (Credit: Craig Simms/NASA)

Everyone we've asked has a different purpose in mind for the original iPad, making it a curious beast indeed. Table-top gaming, comic reading, video watching, show-reel viewer — once people find the calling that attracts them, it's a done deal. To the rest of the world, it appears it's handy only as a coffee-table ornament.

It's not all just iPad either: the Motorola Xoom looks like it's evening the field for the Android crowd, and some interesting Windows models are starting to leak out too. Still, we feel as if something is missing for us.

We'd like a media player that can play everything — for a start, codec support is currently severely lacking. We'd then love to be able to send that video to our TV wirelessly. And, well, let's cut to the chase. It needs to be able to do everything a PADD and Tricorder can do. Oh yeah — and no fingerprints.

But back in the world of reality — what would make a tablet an absolute must buy for you?

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RAH86 posted a comment   

A Macbook Pro with a rotating screen to flip and use as a tablet...

 

bb@woodcroft posted a comment   

rmw72, no its not boring, that's a fair and true comment.

Most of the request here are truly "wish" list and may not happen.

Realistically, I want the following.

Faster processor
high resolution
Front-facing camera (for video conferencing)
USB port (2 will be nice)
Capable of playing all video format (if can be done via software, then Apple to supply for free)
Capable of viewing all internet pages (no restriction to flash enabled websites).

Anything else, I guess just buy a non-apple tablet, but I like the user friendliness of iPad.

 

MakeMe posted a comment   

Before anything - BETTER CODEC SUPPORT. Because, no, I don't wanna spend hours converting every movie and tv show I want to watch on a tablet.

Another big missing thing is the ability to natively download files from the internet and open them on the device. I see that as a major difference between computers and smartphones/tablets.

Also, make everything more 'open'. I'm really only talking about iOS devices here, but being only able to do what apple tells you to do is very limiting to the user experience.

All together, these three and few more unmentioned things would bring the smartphone/tablet experience a whole lot closer to using a normal computer.

 

melian123 posted a reply   

Actually, Apple have two apps that allow you to watch video in just about any format without conversion. They have a VLC player app, and one called CineX Player. Both are suitable for iPhone and iPad.

 

Craig Simms posted a reply   
Australia

Things aren't so great on that front:

http://www.tuaw.com/2011/01/08/vlc-app-removed-from-app-store/

http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/19/is-cinexplayer-for-ipad-struggling-to-deliver-on-its-xvid-playin/

 

Craig Simms posted a reply   
Australia

Things aren't so great on that front:

http://www.tuaw.com/2011/01/08/vlc-app-removed-from-app-store/

http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/19/is-cinexplayer-for-ipad-struggling-to-deliver-on-its-xvid-playin/

 

Rj posted a comment   

Basically it's great as it is, if I wanted more complex computing I would use a laptop.
But I would like to be able to easily both transfer and print files.
What makes the iPad so great, is that it's simple to use, anything that reduces that simplicity should be kept off. Maybe the should make a special iPad for those who want everything, at the expense of usability.

 

Victorious posted a reply   

More powerful CPU and GPU
two camera
USB ports
SD slot
retina display
compass
DVD drive slot-oooh
thin like a mac book so expenses aren't high
include headphones X)

 

Sunny posted a comment   

Cpu 1 Ghz - Dual Core
Full HD 3D screen - no glasses
usb 3.0
4G + Wi Fi n
3D HD Rear camera / HD front Camera
Full Codec Support
at least 100 Gig internal memory

wouldnt be cheap though .. lol


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