iPad or netbook, iPad or netbook? The former is more expensive and it's considered a very casual device because of its OS and the fact that its touchscreen keyboard isn't exactly conducive to productivity. Still, there's something to be said for touchscreen displays and the iPad is awfully sleek. If only you could mash the two together for some kind of super-device netbook. Well, you actually can, as long as you're willing to spend more money and don't mind sticking with iOS.
There are already a couple of different ways to make your iPad act like a laptop, not least of which involves Apple's own Bluetooth keyboard, but we're kind of enchanted by this sexy solution. The Crux 360 is both an iPad case and a keyboard in one.
Pricing is set at a moderately steep $149 and you can order from Crux's website. Failing that, you could buy a real 9-inch netbook for less money and with a full-featured OS that will let you do a lot more than the iPad. Your call.
Saw the article title and immediately thought the same thing. Even for a base iPad 16GB, you'd end up spending over $700 for what will essentially be a slow netbook with a touch screen. I guess if you bought an iPad before realizing how gimped it is without a real keyboard, this might be a decent addon...
Still, interesting to see what's been made; while Apple's products have almost never been known for the capabilities they brought for the price, they HAVE always been known for pushing miniaturization in ways that arguably go too far: MP3 players small enough to swallow, laptops thin enough to slip out of your hands, and phones tiny enough to not have glass without it cracking. So to see an iPad-based netbook is INTERESTING, even if not PRACTICAL.