Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Impressive But Impractical Acer Iconia

Some people might find Acer's new dual-screen tablet, the Iconia, to be a rather cool and unique looking tablet, and it is. However, thanks to its whopping $1,200 U.S. starting price, for both Canada and the U.S., you can now also call it one of the most expensive!

With an Intel i5 processor, well the Iconia is sure to be one of the most powerful and fastest tablets around. Trust me, with dual 14 inch touch screens your going to need all the power and all the speed that you can get. I can't imagine what kind of battery life this thing will get, but I can't imagine it could get that much. No doubt, both screens come with their own battery.

Besides the i5 processor, well this beauty also boasts an impressive 4GB of memory! Wow, now how sweet is that? Also, the Iconia comes with a full 64bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium(blah), full Intel integrated graphics, support for USB 3.0 and a whopping 640GB disk drive, and according to Engadget, it will also feature "a 1.3 megapixel camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, an HDMI output, gigabit Ethernet and a chassis that weighs in at 5.95 pounds. "

Personally, I'm not too sure that I like the idea of having dual-screens, and especially at 14 inches each. It would seem to me to be a rather unseemly and heavy thing to carry or lug around. On a flat surface maybe, but just imagine trying to hold this thing in one hand while using it with your other hand at the same time? That's me anyway, but you have to admit that at the very least its a very unique looking tablet, but I'm just not sure if I, or someone like President Obama, who is an iPad type of guy, would be interested in such a tablet, as cool as it might be in other regards.

The tablet market has certainly now gone main stream, and all thanks to the enormous success of both the iPad 1 and iPad 2. As Obama Pacman reported, block long iPad line-ups have not been limited to just the U.S. either, as the line-ups were equally as impressive and equally as long over seas as well.

The iPad has kicked started the tablet space in such a way that no one, no, not even Apple itself, could have possibly imagined it would, and there's no stopping it now. I expect that tablets will now take on a much bigger and more important role in technology from now on.

The Iconia, in conclusion, is certainly one of the most unique of all the tablets now coming to market, but as cool and impressive as it is, it is still rather impractical as far as I'm concerned. It may sell well, but some how I don't see it, or any other tablet for that matter, racking up the huge around-the-block line-ups as we have seen with the iPad 1 and iPad 2, but I could be wrong.

And that's my 2 cents 4 this mild and sunny Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Iconia photo via: Engadget

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