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Just seen that one. Gets annoying after about 1 minute!

I want this! I want this!  

Fashionably over a barrel at least.....  

As reported in the Telegraph:


The survey of 1,000 shoppers also highlighted some confusion among consumers about the purpose of the iPad. When asked before the launch whether, from what they'd heard about the Apple iPad, they felt they needed to buy one, 49 per cent said no, while 30 per cent said they would need to find out more about the device before making a decision. But after the announcement in January at the Yerba Buena Centre in San Francisco, 61 per cent of those surveyed now said that they did not feel they needed to buy an iPad, with 15 per cent still saying they needed more information before making a decision.


And the number of people saying they would definitely buy an Apple iPad increased by just two per cent, from three per cent before the announcement to five per cent after the tablet computer had been unveiled. The number of shoppers who were undecided remained the same at 18%

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Chinese ‘iPad’ Maker Threatens to Sue Apple for Plagiarism


A Chinese company is claiming that its iPad knockoff is in fact an original design that has been copied by Apple. The P88 has been on the market in China for six months. It’s easy to recognize: It looks just like a big iPhone.


Xiaolong Wu, the president of the Shenzhen Great Loong Brother company that makes the P88, gave an interview to Spanish national newspaper El Mundo. If the iPad comes to China, he says, “We won’t have any choice but to report them,†because “it will certainly affect our sales.†The charge? Oddly, El Mundo reports the crime as “plagiarism,†although we assume it means IP or copyright infringement.


Wu says that Apple has not only copied the concept of a multitouch tablet, but also the design of the case and screen bezel. And pre-empting our obvious criticism, that the P88 is just a large-scale iPhone or iPod Touch rip-off, Wu says that “they have nothing to do with it, as they have completely different functions.â€


As you can see from the picture above, Wu is being rather generous when he describes the P88 and the iPad as “completely identicalâ€. The specs tell a different story. The 10.2-inch screen isn’t multitouch (it uses resistive touch), the P88 uses a hard-drive (250 GB), has an Ethernet port, a 1.3-MP webcam and Intel 945GSE chipset (likely to be paired with an Atom CPU, not listed) with a gig of RAM. It also runs Windows.


The kicker, though, is the battery life, low even for a keyboard-less netbook, which is what this is. Without the power cord you get just 1.5 (claimed) hours.


The whole story is ridiculous, and most likely a cheap play for publicity. Anyone confusing the two products deserves the P88. What is clear is that the Chinese company squeezed a (very bad) netbook into an oversized iPhone-style case and claimed to have some kind of ownership of this design. Good luck, Mr. Wu.


And one final thing. How much do you think this “cheap†Chinese copy might cost? It is $525. Oops.

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Seriously it did look like a bit ipod, but thicker and a bit bigger than the ipad with connections.


Hey but they got their publicity right. So mission accomp.

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