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t.alex
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re: Is there a mobile hybrid in our future?
t.alex   6/17/2012 1:10:59 PM
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I would lik to have if it is light enough, compact enough and yet able to expand large enough :)

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resistion   6/16/2012 6:35:56 PM
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Yes, that's the way it's been, except for Apple. Always a line outside Apple stores to pay more for new Apple product the night before first day of sale.

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DrQuine   6/16/2012 4:28:50 PM
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Sounds like a great idea - many professionals are carrying computers, mobile phones, iPads, and the associated chargers. Synchronizing data and files between them is a nightmare and the overlapping capabilities are adding to the weighty burdens on our backs as we travel. A device hierarchy that enabled just the necessary tier to be utilized would be a great advance.

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MindTech   6/14/2012 9:17:52 PM
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I bought a phone over a year ago that has a Netbook-sized dock accessory. You can literally turn the phone into an 11-inch Firefox-powered browser. Of course the dock is actually more expensive than just buying a netbook, so it's essentially useless. The problem with hybrids is typically the price point. Sure, they are useful, but when you spend more on getting a device that can be two things than you would have spent on buying the two things, you've lost yourself in the woods.

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Duane Benson   6/13/2012 11:04:17 PM
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At some point in the not to distant future, your phone will have the computing power to do pretty much any non-specialized task needed. When that is the case, why would we need anything other than a keyboard (or whatever entry device is appropriate for a given application) and a display. There are a few issues to be ironed out, like security and data backup. No matter where you go, if you see a community screen / keyboard, say in a coffee shop, you could sit down and start working at exactly the spot you left off when you left home or the office. No pulling a tablet or laptop out of a bag. No digging your phone out of your pocket or purse - and no need to worry about keeping data synchronized. Your data and computing power just stay in your pocket but are always accessible.

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daleste   6/13/2012 3:58:18 AM
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So this is an attempt to combine several of the devices I now use. If my desk top, lap top, tablet and phone (plus the PDA I sometimes still use) could all be one device, that would be convenient. I guess the thing I would worry about most would be that if it is one device and it breaks, then I lose all of them. My lap top today told me that the hard drive is about to die. The second hard drive in my desk top died a couple of weeks ago. Maybe it is better to move to the 'cloud' or use solid state drives. Anyway, I guess I am for it as long as I have a back up with a quick replacement of any thing that dies.

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resistion   6/13/2012 1:50:27 AM
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Very interesting. Here is a review: http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/12/asus-padfone-review/

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Les_Slater   6/13/2012 12:50:58 AM
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One problem with a tablet / phone hybrid is the desire to make the tablet side big enough to be useful without becoming unwieldy as a handset. One solution would be to physically decouple the handset from the tablet, making a 3-tier system, stand-alone phone with basic functionality, phone with enhance functionality radio-coupled to the tablet and finally a fully docked system with keyboard, mouse, display and handset.



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