Some Interesting Weekend Tablet Reading

Last week our completely unplanned series on the iPad (here, here, and here) generated quite a few comments as do many of the posts we publish that talk about Tablets/Slates/whatever you want to call them. You don’t have to look further than the number of hits on posts about the Tega v2 and the HP Slate 500. There’s huge interest out there, and that interest has turned the industry upside down, inside out, and shaken it up quite a bit as the players are working hard to find some way to crack into a market, that in my view, is still trying to establish but isn’t quite there yet.

Here is a collection of posts by others who follow this action that I think are worth reading and taking a look at. They all surfaced today and I think add to the ongoing discussion that doesn’t look like it is going to be over for quite some time.

There’s good and provocative thought in each of those posts. But I can’t help but thinking that the timing of this is like baseball’s spring training. Everybody’s got a chance when spring training begins is the old cliche. But we all know that’s not really true. Sure on occasion there are surprises at the end of a season as to who makes the playoffs, (I think this season proves that). Maybe HP, or Notion Ink, or Samsung, or Asus will actually field a competitor to the iPad. I’m hoping that happens. But it seems apparent that the rest of the lineup is a league full of teams called the Chicago Cubs all waiting for next year.

Comments

  1. GoodThings2Life says

    The biggest two criticisms of the HP Slate I’ve seen are the obvious fears regarding price and battery life.

    Reasonable, to a point… price is going to be a concern for consumers who want an alternative to the iPad, but compared to other corporate tablets, it’s well below the usual threshold. Also, you get a lot more bang for the buck than the iPad has without spending that same amount extra on accessories.

    As for battery life, well, I would have loved to see something with 10+ hours like the iPad has, but if I get the functionality I require at 5+, it’s an acceptable compromise until the next big thing comes along.

    • Brett Gilbertson says

      Those complaints are borderline intereting if all things were equal. As you pointed out though, they are completely out of context.

      If you had a car that could go 100mph and ran for five hours, would you take it over one that could go 10mph for 10 hours. That’s the analogy, and I’m sticking with it!

    • ChrisRS says

      Comparing the HP Slate to other coporate tablets is like comparing a netbook to a full laptop. The price differential is to be expected. I’d like to see higher screen resolution adn better processor.

  2. SatGuide says

    Yes, i totally agree with your article. Your article is really interesting. All those mentioned posts are good and provocative. I really appreciate your post. Any ways thanks for posting it.

  3. ChrisRS says

    Here is a link to a an eWeek slide show and review.

    The review is weak at best. Check out the depth of knowledge in this quote:

    “Keyboard smaller, but pen is available
    The keyboard—which rolls out from the side at a button press—is quite a bit smaller and harder to use than the iPad’s. FOR THIS REASON, A SMALL PEN IS INCLUDED IN THE SLATE PACKAGE FOR PRECISE TYPING AND BUTTON-PUSHING. People with larger fingers will have some difficulty, but that’s the case for all touch-screen devices.”

    Slide show:
    http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/HPs-Slate-500-Tablet-Takes-Aim-at-Business-Professionals-466777/?kc=EWKNLEDP10252010A

    Review:
    http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-and-Notebooks/Taking-a-Test-Ride-on-HPs-New-Slate-500-Tablet-610668/1/

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