Posted 01 June 2011 - 06:02 PM
I have been perusing this thread, as well as others concerning the new tablets. I am in the market for a tablet (like the Xoom or Galaxy Tab 10.1) to use when I am on the road. I have a small Sony P series UMPC that runs Windows 7 (and is slooow). I use it for the normal email, web browsing, GPS navigation (it has a built-in GPS) and some spreadsheet work. It also has built-in Wifi, 3G access, and Bluetooth. Although the screen it 8", the form factor makes it really tiny and hard to read. I am looking to replace this machine with a 10" tablet that will do more or less the same functions. I have looked at the Xoom and it seems like it will work for me, but I am still looking, and perhaps waiting for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Toshiba tablet. I, for one, am willing to pay the Xoom price if I can get the functions I need. I have now seen on these forums that I can get a USB port on the Xoom, and can nearly double (1.5X actually) it's speed with a software mod. I am deeply impressed.
By the way, the iPad (or iPad 2) DOES NOT have a built-in GPS. It uses triangulation from the cell towers to get a position fix. If you are doing nav with this device, and you lose cell connectivity, you will lose your position (and perhaps get lost in the process). I verified this with the folks at ApppleCare.