$600 and no 3G?
Also, where can you get a cheaper data plan?
Not sure about the rest of you... I started with a full PC build for my truck and loved it. Having everything stolen changed my point of view... while I like the idea of the iPad... I'd rather have something with a little more user functionality. iPads are really just big iphones... and I am honestly offended at the data rates ATT is charging for the things.
I found this... not sure about the release date, but it looks like a viable and affordable option.
The ability to have a carPC that is usable as a device when NOT in the car sounds like the next great step in computing. Seeing that the exoPC supposedly has instant-on is another big sell for me.
Thats one of my main issues... you can't get a cheaper data plan anywhere. I still think the prices that they charge are outrageous. I understand the infrastructure support and blah blah blah... when you have millions of people paying it, it's all offset so I would like to see more reasonable prices. Mainly, I'd like to see something where you pay to be connected. Not per device, nice per location, just "Hey, ATT, this is me, and I'll pay you 50$ a month for unlimited data wherever I am and whatever I'm using." Why pay another data plan for an iPad that is literally sitting next to your iPhone?
ANYHOO.... the 3G answer is simple for me.... just tether it to the iPhone. iPhone gets 3g, use cydia to download a data sharing app, and drive on down the road.
there are some pay-as-you-go data plans that are a little cheaper, but require a usb port:
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brave move to go with win7, especially in light that HP dumped win7 in favor of webOS for their tablets.
but... I suppose if people really want to run non-touchscreen apps on a touch-device and pay extra for that bug/feature this may be the tablet for them!
that aside, it does look nice hardware wise.
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The software is moot. If a slice of cheese has a USB port you can load Linux or xpe on it... I'm just looking for something that isn't apple owned and controlled. I love my iPhone, I'm actually using it through an ad-hoc connection on pirated wifi at FOB Salerno, Afghanistan ( no joke), but I don't want to give AT&T or apple any more than I have to. I would like to see something revolutionary and maker- friendly come out. The exopc was just one of em... The wepad (wetap I think it's called now) is another one... And I just see something big coming that's better than a laptop, or what is the equivalant to a desktop pc installed in a vehicle. Imagine having something with windows or Linux that is dev friendly... That could be used for instant auto diag as soon as you get in the car... Without having to find hacks or workarounds beforehand!