Dell Inspiron Duo Forum for discussion on the netbook/tablet hybrid by Dell, the Inspiron Duo.
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Join Date: Apr 2011
04-06-2011, 02:52 PM
I'm a gadget geek, but I also try to be practical (though my wife would argue!)
I bought the Duo because it appears to be a decent compromise between a high-end and capable netbook and a tablet computer.
There are three features that I really like:
1. It runs Windows 7
Yes, many netbooks do as well, but the specs of the Duo rival or surpass the best high-end netbooks making it more capable of running more robust applications.
2. It is a tablet
No, it's not as honed as an iPad, but so far, it works very well as a tablet. The touch interface is useful, and I just love the ability to be able to read a PDF file full screen in portrait mode without scrolling
3. It has a well-proportioned screen
Its screen is more notebook-like than netbook-like. Netbooks have intentionally flattened screen resolutions of something like 600 pixels while the Duo has a screen that rivals many notebooks. The simple fact that the screen has a vertical screen resolution of 768 means that almost all standard Windows applications will be visible without scrolling--something most netbooks cannot claim. (To be fair, my only real complaint is that despite its decent size, I wish the screen was not so elongated. I crave a device with a screen more the size and aspect ratio of a standard piece of letter paper. The iPad fits this desire.)
I played around with an iPad 2, and I really do like its design, feel, and performance. And I also have many $$$ invested iPod Touch apps which are fully compatible, for the price. But there are factors that make the iPad just too limiting to me. The fact that the Duo is a "real" Windows 7 device means that I can have a much more productive experience than with the novelty of the iPad.
If I find the Duo to perform as I would like, it will replace my HP notebook computer.
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