Bill Gates sides with netbooks over iPad

Bill Gates believes netbooks have the advantage over Apple’s iPad, claiming the lack of a keyboard will hamper uptake of the device.

“You know, I’m a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard – in other words a netbook – will be the mainstream on that,” he told BNET.

“So, it’s not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with iPhone where I say, ‘Oh my God, Microsoft didn’t aim high enough.’ It’s a nice reader, but there’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.'”

The comments stand in stark contrast to those of Steve Jobs at the iPad’s launch. Jobs claimed that any device sitting between a laptop and a smartphone had to be better at “browsing the web, email, enjoying photographs, watching videos, enjoying your music collection, playing games and reading eBooks,” than either of those devices. “Netbooks aren’t better at anything,” he concluded.

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