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I wonder is it basically the case that no one can complete with apple when it comes to tablets and ultra portables?
A tablet needs to be under £300 or users will just buy the ipad.
I was one of the lucky few that grabbed a hp touchpad for £89. I must admit had I spent more than £200 on it I would have felt robbed, it is a pale imitation of an ipad.
Also while I am a pc power user who has windows 7 on all my computers if I was buying a new laptop I would be extremely tempted by the macbook air. A pc alternative would need to be several hundred pounds cheaper to compete.
Apple do divide opinion but there stuff is extremely well made.
I waited ages for a decent Ultrabook and non arrived. They all have their problems. I ended up having to buy a MacBook Air and plan to put windows 8 on it.
@Brian O'Neill: You might want to have a look at this notebooks stablemate, the X220 Thinkpad. It can more than compete with Apple's offerings.
was looking at this and the series 5 samsung ultrabook - the display on the sammy won it for me - non glossy and much better view angles and cheaper to boot. I can't understand why Lenovo put such a rubbish screen in a premium chassis.
@Brian O'Niell:There's definitely some strong competition on both fronts, you just have to look for it :)
On the Tablet front, an example of a tablet that exceeds the iPad 2 in hardware at least is the Asus Transformer Prime [http://www.trustedreviews.com/...]. It's thinner, lighter, more powerful, has more storage, better connectivity, better cameras, offers a keyboard attachment, etc. Another example of a tablet that offers more functionality and flexibility is the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet [http://www.trustedreviews.com/...]
On the laptop front, meanwhile, there's the likes of the [http://www.trustedreviews.com/...] and, if you don't mind a bit of bulk, the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 (as @ffrankmccaffery metions) - to name but two.
Apple products are beautifully made and far more up to date than they used to be, but you still pay a premium and there are great alternatives.
@Den:True none of them quite manage it, though there are good ultraportables (which don't carry the Ultrabook moniker) like the aforementioned Series 9. Hopefully the next generation of Ultrabooks will give us the kind of quality laptops we're all craving.
@Epic:It's actually one of the better Ultrabook screens if you get past the viewing angles, but I agree: it is baffling how all the Ultrabooks seem to share poor or average screens in such otherwise premium machines.
Roll on the Lenovo Yoga convertible Ultrabook, with a high-resolution IPS screen!
Another great laptop from Lenovo ruined by the lack of a decent screen. Maybe the Yoga will get it right, or the successor of the X1...
While I wouldn't get an Apple, it seems to be the only company that manages to combine a decent screen, keyboard and touchpad.
Another issue is the glossy finish on many of the screens, particularly combined with LED backlighting. My girlfriends MacBook Pro is unbearable after an hour or so on it.
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