why is the screen so shiny?
16:9 = fail, is portrait mode even possible?
why are they so expensive?
Why is 16:9 a fail? What would you rather? (16:9 is increasingly common, from smartphones to 17" laptops, and is the ratio of standard resolutions like 720p HD and Full 1080p HD. Yes, I wish things weren't so wide on computers, but that's the way things have gone, nothing to do with these specific models.)
I don't know off hand if Windows 8 does portrait mode, though I don't see why that's connected to the ratio? My Samsung Galaxy Nexus is 16:9, and happily does portrait or landscape in Android.
They're shiny as they're evidently glossy, rather than matte. Hopefully some manufacturers will continue to offer matte (my Samsung netbook is matte). (I do find it a bit odd though why glossy is so common on tablets/smartphones, when they're often used outdoors - are there any matte smartphones or tablets?)
It's not clear to me that they're expensive for the specs and the portability. For the i5 model, high end ultra-portables cost in that range AFAIK, so getting a hybrid on top of that seems good value. The Atom costs a bit more than netbooks, but not unreasonable given the extra touchscreen and tablet hybrid functionality. Are there existing models that offer the same, at a lower price? I guess looking at the Asus Transformer is an obvious comparison for the Atom models, what price did that originally set at in dollars?
Though I really hate tablets and the entire "must be mobile" movement, these (both ASUS and Samsung) look quite nice, I have to admit. If only they'd give me a screen that was a bit more reasonable (like... WSXGA+ or UXGA and 2'' to 3'' bigger) then I'd probably immediately buy one.
They could spare the flipping webcams for a bigger screen (or for bigger RAM) if you asked me, but of course posting images on Facebook is the most important thing to do with a computer nowadays.
Still, at least these toys have a real keyboard, that looks promising.
If you don't want tablets, and you want a larger screen, don't we already have such things - namely laptops?
Or do you mean you'd buy one if it was larger, and still had a touchscreen?
The one shown above has 1920x1080, higher than the resolutions you ask for. I'm not sure why it has to be either/or between a webcam and screen size/RAM - you can get laptops with larger screens and more RAM (and still have a webcam). I don't think they're saying a camera is the most important thing, just that it's a standard feature in almost all laptops these days. I agree about being good to have keyboards!