By Shadoe Huard

HP has released a series of videos on YouTube, showing off their TouchPad tablet in action.  People have been waiting to see what webOS can do on a larger screened device and from the looks of it, it seems like HP is set to deliver the goods. They even use the word “magic”. I read several opinions of writers from the company regarding the release of this model. Here are some of them:

  • Again, you can note the presence of the “iPad marketing strategy influence”. Nothing wrong with that.
  • - One of the videos demos a resizable keyboard. And a number row.
  • - The Citrix receiver looks really interesting for Enterprise. TouchPad as a whole seems really ready for enterprise.
  • - “Just Type” is probably the next thing people will be clamouring for on iOS.
  • - Integration with webOS phones seems to make way more sense than it does with say, the herpes of tablets.
  • - This is truly a tablet version of webOS, not just phone webOS stretched to a larger screen.

Overall, looks promising. The videos hammer home the key points that people shopping for a tablet will actually care about, especially when comparing it with iPad. It also seems like the first non Apple tablet to ship as a “finished” product.  Hopefully, battery life and performance hold up.

HP, feel free to send a review unit my way. 

Posted at 10:58am and tagged with: tech, touchpad, hp, palm, webOS, one column, video, tablet,.

June 9th 2011

Dell Spurns U.S. Tablet Market

CNET, reporting on Dell’s decision to launch their next generation Streak tablets exclusively in China. John Thode, Dell vice president and manager of Dell’s mobility business, explains:

“This is not an either-or for us. This is a choice about where is the best place to take our story and avoids a bunch of the inhibitors and barriers to success that we’ve seen in the U.S. market,”

Hmm, wonder what that barrier might be?

Posted at 11:19pm and tagged with: tech, tablet, ipad, streak, dell, one column,.

June 2nd 2011

Why Windows 8 Is Fundamentally Flawed as a Response to the iPad

John Gruber:

But I think it’s a fundamentally flawed idea for Microsoft to build their next-generation OS and interface on top of the existing Windows. The idea is that you get the new stuff right alongside Windows as we know it. Microsoft is obviously trying to learn from Apple, but they clearly don’t understand why the iPad runs iOS, and not Mac OS X.

Watching the D9 liveblog, I got the same sense of despair and bewilderment one feels seeing the prettiest girl in school date the school’s biggest jerk. Expanding the Windows Phone UI over to tablets and the desktop proper is a brilliant idea. The Metro UI is clearly something Microsoft can build a future with but unfortunately, the decided to layer it on top of the ancient carcass that is Windows 7.

So frustrating.

Posted at 12:30am and tagged with: tech, onecolumn, microsoft, windows 8, apple, ipad, tablet,.

October 28th 2010

The ExoPC: “I’ve never seen an Ipad”   

From Engadget’s review:

$599 is a lot of money to bet on a platform that isn’t ready and a piece of hardware that must be plugged into the wall for the better part of the day. The ExoPC may be a solid choice for developers and early adopters looking to tinker, but it’s just not a mainstream consumer tablet… yet. “

Reading up on this device, as I’ll never get to play with one (not that I’m curious to), I can only conclude that the people responsible for this “Slate”, and probably many other “Slate” producers, have obviously never used an Ipad, or else just can’t figure out what essential features a tablet device should have.  

“Must be plugged into the wall for the better part of the day” isn’t one of those features.

I can’t see how any other tablet being announced or released at the moment is going to even offer competition to the Ipad. They are just so ludicrously missing the point in every way.  Do they realize there will be a 2nd gen Ipad by the time most of their 1st gen devices make it out the door?

Posted at 12:06am and tagged with: slate, tablet, ipad, exoPc,.