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IdeaPad U1, What We Wanted the iPad To Be 401

Xanator writes "With the announcement of the iPad, the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid appears to have gone unnoticed, but maybe we ought to pay it more attention. It's a netbook with a removable screen that turns it into a tablet (switching OS from Windows 7 to a tablet OS within 3 seconds), and it appears to offer what many of us wanted from the iPad. Quoting Engadget: 'When docked, the U1 looks and feels like any other laptop, with an Intel CULV processor and a 128GB SSD running Windows 7 Home Premium. You actually wouldn't know there's a slate hiding in there — until you pull it out and watch it switch to Lenovo's Skylight UI, a process that was smooth and quick for us. Lenovo says the goal is for the full switch to occur in under 3 seconds.'"
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IdeaPad U1, What We Wanted the iPad To Be

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  • by richdun ( 672214 ) on Friday February 12, 2010 @04:33PM (#31118220)
    catch run-on sentences in article summaries? Or perhaps stories that are over a month old?
  • by Reason58 ( 775044 ) on Friday February 12, 2010 @05:19PM (#31119326)

    The U1 seems like a cool idea. But two operating systems to maintain, with all of the loss of application fidelity that entails?

    Count me out. And what is really the difference when I can just also carry a bluetooth keyboard with an iPad. What if someone makes an iPad case with bluetooth keyboard built in? Then how is the U1 really superior?

    Even better, someone should attach the keyboard directly to the iPad. You could also have it fold up to protect the screen when it is not in use. And if you have a keyboard on it then it wouldn't be much more space to add some kind of mouse capability. Maybe like a touch pad of some sort. I think we may be on to something huge. Game changer.

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