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iPad Wi-Fi+3G will air April 30.

HP Slate, running Windows 7 on a dual core 13 watt Intel Atom processor will be among the first tablets to compete with the iPad.
Tabletsphere continues to heat up

Love it or hate it, Apple has made the tablet seem cool -- to some at least.  The company has basically merged the iPod, iPhone, and foreign eBook reader designs into a single product that offers some of each world.  While it's certainly not for everyone, the device seems poised to help spawn a new personal computer fad akin to the netbook movement, assuming Apple can get its quality issues under control.

The tablet movement will get a boost on April 30 when Apple releases its second iPad variant, the iPad Wi-Fi+3G across the U.S.  The iPad Wi-Fi+3G will retail for $629, $729 and $829 for 16BG, 32GB and 64GB models, or $130 more than their Wi-Fi only counterparts.  

AT&T, the nation's fastest data network, in independent speed tests will be supporting the device in monthly pay-as-you-go plans.  An unlimited plan is $29.99 per month, just like the iPhone's data fee; the 250 MB per month plan (that's both downloads AND uploads, mind you) is just $14.99 per month.

Apple reaffirmed that the international launch of the iPad Wi-Fi and iPad Wi-Fi+3G variants will be at "the end of May", with pre-orders starting May 10.  Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK will be the initial nations to be receiving the trendy tablet.

The popular electronics firm promises a "magical" experience, that includes personal setup in-store for those who purchase iPads from an Apple store.

Apple will soon have competition from the HP Slate.  The upcoming Slate will also come with Wi-Fi and 3G options and will be priced at $549-$599.  It may not have the app store, but it runs full fledged Windows 7 Home Premium edition, so it should have a vast software library, including superior Office software to the iPad.

It also offers upgradable (via SD card) flash memory, and 1 GB of DDR2 RAM.  The unit will pack a 2 W 1.60 GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, a single core, dual thread design with 512 KB of L2 cache.  Intel will be providing integrated graphics for the device.  The device will also feature two cameras (one front-facing, one on the back) -- something the iPad lacks.  And it has a USB port -- another thing missing from the iPad.  The downside is a rather mediocre "5+ hour" battery life.

For those willing to wait, the iPad clearly has an edge in battery life, and earns a draw in terms of apps.  However, it loses to the Slate when it comes to size/weight of packaging, processing power, ports, cameras, and memory expansion.

Dell and Amazon are also crafting tablet entries.

It should be an interesting year as the tablet market leaps further into the spotlight.



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so...
By shin0bi272 on 4/20/2010 3:14:54 PM , Rating: 1
Why should anyone have bought the first ipad's fresh off the assembly line in Malaysia or wherever if 30 days later they release a new one? What kind of operation are they running over at apple?




RE: so...
By lightfoot on 4/20/2010 3:29:16 PM , Rating: 4
Being first to market has its benefits. Not to mention that Apple has learned how to milk a captive audience for every dime that they're worth. The true fans and early adopters will need the best iPad available, but they also will need to have it on release day. Anyway, what's an extra $500 between Apple fans anyway?

I'm just waiting for the huge price drop in about three months.


RE: so...
By satveeraj on 4/20/2010 4:10:04 PM , Rating: 2
And in other news, the new 4G iPad + rear camera + front camera + stand + pullout keyboard + custom engraved autograph of Steve Jobs will be available just in time for the 2010 holidays for the mass sheeple.


RE: so...
By chrnochime on 4/20/2010 4:29:41 PM , Rating: 2
You forgot certain b-nosing endorsement from a certain gadget website that's recently involved with the next gen iphone fiasco, and the colored infinite res. pic of SJ as the sheeple's messiah.

Of course the picture might be an extra 100 simply because it's LE, but hey it's never too costly for the worshipers....


RE: so...
By afkrotch on 4/21/2010 6:56:51 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget CNN giving out free Apple advertisement. They've just got to write/post at least 1 Apple article a day.


RE: so...
By plewis00 on 4/20/2010 4:49:07 PM , Rating: 2
I totally agree with you, but you don't realistically expect there to be a price drop do you after a few months? Apple has managed to keep their iPods at full-price until the next generation came out or the mid-term refresh. However, buying second-hand or from resellers who occasionally have them at a reduced rate may be possible.

Though on the plus side, it is nice to buy an iPhone (or some other Apple product) when it's released knowing you can sell it just under a year later for about 80-90% what you originally paid for it.


RE: so...
By lightfoot on 4/20/2010 6:21:35 PM , Rating: 3
Clearly you forget what happened with the original iPhone.

$200 price cut two months after release.

http://www.dailytech.com/Update+Apple+Drops+4GB+iP...


RE: so...
By plewis00 on 4/21/2010 3:31:17 AM , Rating: 2
Ok, accepted; but this didn't happen in the UK where we tend to differ substantially in that we don't normally pay for the phone upfront.


RE: so...
By shin0bi272 on 4/21/2010 12:02:18 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Though on the plus side, it is nice to buy an iPhone (or some other Apple product) when it's released knowing you can sell it just under a year later for about 80-90% what you originally paid for it.


Thats another issue I have with apple... they bring their new products out to the masses and then release a new model a few weeks later and the price on the old one doesnt drop that much. Most other electronics hardware drops precipitously when the new model comes out... that is unless its been years since the current model was the new model.

I mean if you wanna buy apple more power to you... I have an Ipod myself and its fine I have no problems with it (battery life could be a little longer but meh whatever)... I just dont get rabid about everything they release especially when the thing everyone is drooling over today will cost the same amount in a year and be oh so very obsolete. I guess I just dont get their business model.

I guess the other poster who first replied to my post is right... captive audience will pay anything to have the newest thing Apple.


RE: so...
By afkrotch on 4/21/2010 7:01:03 AM , Rating: 2
[quote]Though on the plus side, it is nice to buy an iPhone (or some other Apple product) when it's released knowing you can sell it just under a year later for about 80-90% what you originally paid for it. [/quote]

Why not just buy a non-Apple product for 50% less and then in under a year, buy a newer, better model for 50% less than an Apple product again.

Now you've got two non-Apple products for the price of a single Apple product.


RE: so...
By plewis00 on 4/21/2010 11:57:18 AM , Rating: 2
I think you kind of missed the point... and by kind of, I mean totally.

I said sell it a year later for 80-90%, so I'm basically trading up each year for a marginal amount. Non-Apple products don't hold their value well, with the exception of top-end Blackberries and Nokias so while I can pay less to start with, I'll also get a lot less back when I sell up a year later.

I use a Blackberry 9700 for calls, emails and text and an iPhone 3GS for all my multimedia and work phone calls.


RE: so...
By eek2121 on 4/20/2010 3:29:23 PM , Rating: 2
REALLY? I had to reply to this one. Dude, are you smoking something? These models are completely different from the models released at the beginning of the month. They have 3G support whereas the cheaper models didn't. They aren't the same products.


RE: so...
By Smartless on 4/20/2010 3:40:05 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, I think you missed his point. He asked why should you buy one if the better one gets released right after. Same reason people buy first generation products. Then again he also asked what kind of operation are they running.... Come on, are you really surprised?

I just hope the new pads released won't be like HP's first attempt. We have those at work. Ugh. Hehe that background on the HP tab, are they calling it the HP Epcot?


RE: so...
By FATCamaro on 4/20/2010 3:42:06 PM , Rating: 4
Anti-Apple pro-MS nerd rage confused him.


RE: so...
By melgross on 4/20/2010 4:25:59 PM , Rating: 2
That's not exactly what the first poster meant. He was trying to be smart with that silly remark, indicating that Apple was trying to pull a fast one.

But everyone knows that the new ones have 3G and GPS where the first ones are WiFi only.


RE: so...
By shin0bi272 on 4/21/2010 12:09:27 AM , Rating: 2
Well at least someone got it...

It's not a way to win over customers in the marketplace. Maybe the pro-apple people who have to have everything apple dont care but to the average consumer thats a good way to hack people off. At least give people a few months to get acclimated to the world with the new iThingamagig (better patent that before jobs uses it lol) before you throw a new one at us that we all HAVE TO HAVE RIGHT NOW!!! ya know?

Maybe apple is running low on cash? I hear they are switching to amd chips when in all benchmarks ive seen the intel chips are faster... must be apple is becoming concerned about price all of a sudden?


RE: so...
By kfonda on 4/20/2010 4:15:19 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
REALLY? I had to reply to this one. Dude, are you smoking something?


Well it is 4:20 :2010


RE: so...
By shin0bi272 on 4/20/2010 11:54:45 PM , Rating: 2
actually I dont smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or do any drugs. The point was most high tech products have a certain lead time so to speak before theres a new version released. If you bought a brand new cpu or video card the day it came out (i.e. the nvidia gtx 480 lets say) and then next month they released the 485 thats 25% faster how pissed off would you be? At least give us 6-12 months before unveiling your revamped model so that the geek envy can subside a little... But apparently the subtly of the question went over quite a few people's heads ... must be all the weed.


RE: so...
By plewis00 on 4/21/2010 6:54:13 AM , Rating: 2
When has developing something but not releasing it as soon as realistically possible paid off? So you dumped all this money into R&D and then leave it off the shelves for ages? People should accept that things evolve and no business is going to not release something just so someone can let their 'geek envy' subside.

Anyway this is all a moot-point because anyone who has been following all of this knows from day 1 that a 3G iPad was on the horizon about a month after the WiFi-only one so it shouldn't come as a shock to anyone at all, much less something to get annoyed with Apple over. They didn't keep the 3G model secret and just pluck it out a few days ago...


RE: so...
By OBLAMA2009 on 4/21/10, Rating: 0
RE: so...
By beerhound on 4/21/2010 8:59:21 AM , Rating: 2
While I would agree with the idea that Apple has mastered the art of squeezing money out of consumers with incremental upgrades, I don't see that being the case here. This isn't a new, upgraded iPad to replace the original model. This is a new LINE UP of iPads to sit along side the existing line. The idea is to give consumers the choice of this iPad if they want the 3G connectivity and GPS or the basic lineup if those features aren't important enough for them to pay for the 3G data plan. Apple made it very clear from the beginning that they would be releasing the 3G line at a later date, this is them following through on that. I don't have any intention of buying any model of iPad as I don't like some of Apple's practices, but this is an entirely commonplace marketing strategy and Apple certainly isn't the only company marketing products this way. Toyota/Lexus anyone?


Rewrite
By Gio6518 on 4/20/2010 4:24:01 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
AT&T, the nation's fastest data network,


Sprint is the fastest data network

AT&T has the fastest 3G network Where and IF available




RE: Rewrite
By melgross on 4/20/2010 4:29:03 PM , Rating: 2
No, AT&T is. Sprint claims they are.


RE: Rewrite
By CyborgTMT on 4/20/2010 8:15:12 PM , Rating: 2
Actually both of you are wrong...
T-Mobile has the fastest 3g network, but it's so limited in it's area it's a worthless title. Sprint does have the fastest data network, but it's Clear's 4g network - not 3g. As for AT & T, they generally rank near the bottom of independent tests with Sprint and Verizon matching each other on average across the country in terms of speed (Sprint is faster in some areas while Verizon is faster in others).
The bigger factor is really where you live in terms of which carrier is faster for you.


RE: Rewrite
By RjBass on 4/20/2010 4:42:58 PM , Rating: 2
When I can't get a decent Sprint signal while standing in front of the Sprint Arena in downtown Kansas City (Sprints home), then ya, I have to agree, AT&T is faster/better.


RE: Rewrite
By Proxes on 4/20/2010 5:30:29 PM , Rating: 2
Sprint's home is in Overland Park, KS.


RE: Rewrite
By CyborgTMT on 4/20/2010 8:21:13 PM , Rating: 2
Can't imagine how tons of concrete and electromagnetic interference would mess with your cell phone...


Slate speed
By kmmatney on 4/20/2010 9:03:10 PM , Rating: 2
I'm curious to see how "zippy" the slate will be, running windows 7. It may have a more powerful processor, but it will have a lot more overhead, and possibly a fair amount of HP crapware on it. I'm also curious about how much space the OS takes up, and if they did anything to lower the Windows 7 footprint.




RE: Slate speed
By damianrobertjones on 4/21/2010 3:25:50 AM , Rating: 2
This is what I'd do:

1 Format the slate, fresh install of Win7
2 Install the basic drivers
3 Stop a heap of services
4 Increase the DPI to 125%
5 Install Opera for the touch friendly speed dial screen
6 Install the smaller apps, 7-zip, foxit etc
7 Done

8 Search for an extended after marker battery that makes the thing the size of a small loaf of bread.

No matter what model, it would HAVE to have an SSD drive


RE: Slate speed
By therealnickdanger on 4/21/2010 9:14:40 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
No matter what model, it would HAVE to have an SSD drive

The HP Slate is coming out with either a 32GB or 64GB SSD option. AFAIK, there is no HDD option, or room for one. The only thing that scares me is that the "SSD" may only wind up being a glorified memory card and not a true SSD. While the lack of HDD latency will make it feel snappy, the overall throughput will probably fall short. If the SSD has small write issues, then that will really hurt the performance. With no option to upgrade it, it sounds like a raw deal, but I'll wait for Anand's review before judging.

Having used Windows 7 Home Premium on an Atom netbook, the performance is just fine. As long as you've got 2GB RAM and you aren't trying to watch HD Flash while simultaneously compressing ZIP files, the computing experience is what I would call "normal". You're not going to break any records.


Z530
By plewis00 on 4/20/2010 4:53:52 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't Z530 a single-core dual-thread (via HyperThreading) processor? And I thought the consumption is 2W not 13W - unless 13W is for the entire system?

I think given the choice I'd rather a Windows 7 tablet but the iPad has it's merits because it's always kind of 'instantly-on' which any x86-based system would struggle to do for any long period of time.




RE: Z530
By Lonyo on 4/20/2010 5:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
It had better not be a 13w processor.
For 13w, I'd much much much rather have a 10w TDP SU7300 (Core 2 Duo 1.3GHz) than a dual core + HT Atom processor.


Another device on AT&T's 3G network
By Chaser on 4/20/2010 4:45:43 PM , Rating: 2
Just what AT&T needed: A larger device that will be even more data hungry over AT&T's already over congested and under delivering 3G network.




No wifi with the Slate
By Chaser on 4/20/2010 4:50:00 PM , Rating: 2
In the case that Wifi is not available I'll tether if with my DROID over Verizon :)




Yes!
By zingyoo on 4/20/2010 8:33:32 PM , Rating: 2
Nice, I am glad I waited!

Lou
www.vpn-privacy.us.tc




"Apps" not and advantage
By nafhan on 4/21/2010 9:41:41 AM , Rating: 2
Uhm, if the HP Slate is running a full blown version of Windows 7, the iPad most certainly does not have an advantage in number of "apps". The Slate can run anything that any other similarly specced Windows 7 computer could run, with the further advantage that you don't have to mess with iTunes or the app store to get them.




Responses
By hiscross on 4/20/10, Rating: -1
RE: Responses
By xpax on 4/20/2010 4:01:19 PM , Rating: 2
When will people understand that not everyone wants a Fisher-Price computing experience? Some of us are smart enough to use a full-fledged OS, and even design apps for the device that are not only touch-enabled but designed for touch from scratch.

The OS makes no difference of any kind. It's the applications that run on top of it that make it or break it. There is absolutely no good reason why excellent apps for this form factor can't be designed to run under Windows. As a matter of fact, I've designed many apps for touch-screen only usage under Windows (point of sale, kiosks, etc) and unless someone told you, you'd never know Windows was the OS underneath.


RE: Responses
By Tony Swash on 4/20/2010 4:39:16 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
When will people understand that not everyone wants a Fisher-Price computing experience? Some of us are smart enough to use a full-fledged OS, and even design apps for the device that are not only touch-enabled but designed for touch from scratch.


I love it when macho techies talk dirty - but my hard drive is still way bigger than yours.

Seriously, I think Steve Jobs understands your point perfectly and also understands that such people represent about 1% of the potential market and are thus irrelevant to his business plan.

quote:
The OS makes no difference of any kind. It's the applications that run on top of it that make it or break it. There is absolutely no good reason why excellent apps for this form factor can't be designed to run under Windows.


I think that is a load of tosh but time will tell. I think that touch based devices based on Windows 7 will be like running a windowed/GUI based application on top of a command line OS - doable but crap.


RE: Responses
By Chaser on 4/20/2010 5:43:22 PM , Rating: 2
Obviously with your expert speculation of HP's device and Windows 7, not to mention your speak for all "fascination" with Apple, we can see where your hopes and dreams lie.

Personally I read specifications. HP Slate with it's hardware along the Windows 7 mobile overhaul as provided by Microsoft and interpreted by reliable tech sites such as Anand Tech, looks VERY promising.

But reality is that "Fischer Price" devices will always have a market. However with Windows 7 undeniably successful adoption rate The Slate could be very successful. Along with Apple's ability to make new devices household words that could actually help rather than hinder competing devices like The Slate.


RE: Responses
By xpax on 4/20/2010 4:04:07 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, and by the way -- the Slate was announced first. You can dump your adoration for Apple, they're the "me-too" here.


RE: Responses
By MadMan007 on 4/20/2010 4:23:21 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention that tablets have been around for aaages.


RE: Responses
By mellomonk on 4/20/2010 9:19:08 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Oh, and by the way -- the Slate was announced first. You can dump your adoration for Apple, they're the "me-too" here.


Me-Too? So I guess your the one techie in the room that hasn't been reading the various rumors of an Apple built tablet device over the last two years?

The slate looks interesting, but will probably suffer the same fate as the UMPC and the other compromised PC based designs. It will be great for those who need to use regular PC software on a touch slate, but the more purpose built lightweight iPhone and Android based tablets sound better suited for the majority of users. Especially with the app-store based software model.


RE: Responses
By afkrotch on 4/21/2010 7:10:41 AM , Rating: 2
I guess you haven't been looking at the tablet devices that have been on the market for over 5 years.


RE: Responses
By mellomonk on 4/21/2010 10:38:21 AM , Rating: 2
In best Comic Book Guy voice : Well actually, 'Tablet PC' have been around for nearly 8 years. I think I first tried a HP folding 'Tablet PC' around 2004 or so, running XP. But these were PC with tablet functionality grafted on. Other then a few purpose built applications, there wasn't much to the experience beyond watching handwriting recognition convert your stylus scribbled notes to text.

We are talking here about dedicated Tablet devices with dedicated multi-touch apps. See MS Surface table, Apple iPad, & various Android-based tablets.


RE: Responses
By chrnochime on 4/20/2010 4:32:54 PM , Rating: 2
When will the Apple fanboys realize that there are a large group of people who don't give a $h!t about their beloved iwhatever??


RE: Responses
By Tony Swash on 4/20/10, Rating: 0
RE: Responses
By hiscross on 4/20/2010 9:03:23 PM , Rating: 1
"When will the Apple fanboys realize that there are a large group of people who don't give a $h!t about their beloved iwhatever??" They why didn't they buy all those tablets before Apple came out with the iPad? Here is your answer, they where expense and didn't do anything good. Remember Gates pen table? Market failure. Even Dell didn't build one for quite sometime. I'd rather be a Apple fanboy than someone who can't change his own diapers.


RE: Responses
By Shatbot on 4/21/2010 5:58:20 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'd rather be a Apple fanboy than someone who can't change his own diapers.


Are you really Shooter McGavin?


RE: Responses
By RjBass on 4/20/2010 4:38:43 PM , Rating: 2
Errr well, I don't think so. Obviously the industry saw all this coming. Apple was just the first to market with it. How else do you explain the fact that HP, Dell and others are so close to a release on their products as well? If they were playing copycat and Apple could maintain their secrecy to a point that the other big three were only guessing as to what Apple was up to, then we would not have seen another iPad like product come to market from a good competitor for some time to come yet.

Be that as it may, Apple still obviously saw the future first, or they have a better design and production team, since their product made it to market first, or first in a way that actually matters and that people actually care about.


RE: Responses
By lightfoot on 4/20/2010 6:47:38 PM , Rating: 2
Or maybe it is easier to remove features from an iPhone and make it bigger than it is to actually design a new product.

Wake me up when Apple releases a tablet computer that does what I want it to do, and not only what Apple allows me to do.

And yes, I would pay a premium to get a full featured device.


RE: Responses
By MScrip on 4/20/2010 10:01:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:

Or maybe it is easier to remove features from an iPhone and make it bigger than it is to actually design a new product.

I think you're underestimating the process of "taking an iPhone and making it bigger"

If you're gonna over-simplify things... didn't HP take a netbook, remove the keyboard and add a touchscreen? Does that sound like "designing a new product" to you?


RE: Responses
By afkrotch on 4/21/2010 7:23:41 AM , Rating: 2
You can also just say that Apple took HP's TC1100 tablet, pulled off the keyboard, shrunk it, made it black, and threw on an iPhone OS, to make the iPod Touch and iPhone.


RE: Responses
By lightfoot on 4/21/2010 12:50:23 PM , Rating: 2
Taking a cell phone and making it bigger is trivial compared with taking a computer (even a laptop or netbook) and making it smaller.

Again this wouldn't be an issue if it had significantly more functionality than an existing smart phone, but it doesn't - in some ways the iPad has less functionality.


RE: Responses
By MScrip on 4/21/2010 4:18:46 PM , Rating: 2
Both the iPad and the HP Slate were designed from the ground up.

The motherboard in the iPad is different than an iPhone. Everything on the inside of an iPad is different... even if it does "less" than an iPhone.

It's not like they took an existing iPhone and shoved it into a bigger case.

Unless you're a magician... you just can't "make something bigger"

And if you still subscribe to the theory that the iPhone is nothing but a big iPhone... well... remember that Apple made the iPhone in the first place.

HP made these: http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/prodserv/handh...


RE: Responses
By afkrotch on 4/21/2010 7:12:20 AM , Rating: 2
Archos internet tablets. Viliv's tablets.

Apple first to the market with a slate device? Ya right, that sure as hell didn't happen.


RE: Responses
By damianrobertjones on 4/21/2010 3:20:50 AM , Rating: 2
Tell that to my Asus R2h or the Samsung Q1 Ultra.

I also use a Dell Latitude XT (With SSD drive) and frankly, until you've used these things, changed things like the DPI to 125%, you do not realise how they DO work. Heck Windows 7's onscreen keyboard really does well with a multi-touch screen

Frankly, I feel that people are repeating whats been said instead of using these things first hand.


RE: Responses
By robinthakur on 4/21/2010 12:37:50 PM , Rating: 2
Well, you say that, but I was so stoked to try a Dell Latitude XT2 recently (with SSD) and came away pretty disappointed.

My experience with touchscreen devices had made me very sceptical until I got an iTouch and then an iPhone and saw it work the way it should without a squishy touchscreen. The XT2 and other Windows tablets I've tried loaded with Windows 7 just makes me think that it doesn't work particularly well on Windows currently, or at least that the OS is not optimised particularly well for the device in question and the tablet functionality. The screen seemed unresponsive, it had a cursor, the screen took time to catch up with pen-movements etc, not impressive.

Yes on paper you have access to all the windows apps, it might be infinitely more powerful and you have the ability to use it as a full laptop, but what you're really paying through the nose for is the tablet functionality, and it just feels very tacked on.

I should point out that my self-built desktop has run W7 for a long time and I really like the OS, but I haven't believed that Windows really belongs on a mobile device since I first lost my faith using an HTC WinMo phone a couple of years back...

Clearly Apple do not suffer from this particular flaw as the OS is made for their devices exclusively, so one expects the experience to be upto the standard that you get from their other touch devices. I can't wait to try an iPad once its out in the UK, but would probably not pay for a data plan on one unless I win the lottery...I'm interested in the Slate, but if its not a special version of Windows 7 made for the device (or device class) then what is the point? Its going to be exactly as good as a slower Latitude XT2 with all the precision of the windows finger-based system over a stylus which isn't very precise (correct me if I'm wrong but I assume its finger operated exclusively and not an old-fashioned stylus)?

The Samsung Q1 ultra and the Asus I presume you name in a jokey way, they looked god-awful, I can't believe more than a handful of these were sold to members of the public, they look cobbled together in a back street in Hong Kong. You can see why people appreciate Apple's design, because that's the first thing one sees...


RE: Responses
By mellomonk on 4/21/2010 11:13:48 AM , Rating: 1
You can argue to the cows come home about who and what came first. All were niche devices at best and outright failures at worse. It is rarely about being first, or fastest, or what have you. But about being significant to the market's consciousness.

It is already clear that the iPad will be the first significant tablet to the general public if only on the might of Apples marketing prowess. It rolls up a number of proven technologies and ideas in a single flexible device. The lightweight tablet era begins now, and judging from the amount of development on similar multi-touch devices I think most manufactures agree.

The Ford Model T wasn't the first, fastest, or best built automobile by any stretch. But it changed the Auto industry in many significant ways and quickly brought the auto to the great unwashed masses collective conscious.

It remains to be seen how big this new tablet paradigm will get. Depends on the public's readiness to try something new and who else jumps on board.


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