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I Went A Little Crazy This Morning Prepping for A Tablet Shootout

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Call me crazy. Call me a victim of gadget lust. Call me broke. Whatever. I went a little crazy this morning and picked up a couple of Tablets at the local Best Buy. What’s that I hear the Apple haters saying? Aren’t you an iPad fan? Well, yes, I am. But I decided that since we now have what will be for some time the three dominant Tablet OS’s finally on the market that it was time for me to do some comparisons. Let’s face it, we’ll still in the Old Testament days for Tablets and unless manufacturers like HP keep shooting themselves in the foot, there will be more to come.

I’ve been putting off jumping into the land of Android for quite some time, though I’ve tinkered with it a bit. So, one of the Tablets I picked up this  morning was the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. I’ve played with this Tablet a bit already but I’m looking forward to seeing what it offers.

The other Tablet I picked up was an HP TouchPad. I had already planned to make this purchase once the Tablet was released and I have to admit, I almost decided against it after reading the early reviews that all seemed to focus on the same issues. But I have to see for myself. Call me optimistic, but I can’t think that HP is not going to quickly make some improvements here seeing that they have so much invested in webOS.

But undeterred, I decided to go ahead with the plan. I’ll be doing some comparisons on these two Tablets and of course with the iPad thrown into the mix as the days and weeks go by. In the meantime, I’m searching for another job to help pay for the costs.

 

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

10 Comments

  1. Hoot69

    07/02/2011 at 4:21 pm

    Can we expect first impressions and experiences from Thomasin?

    • Anonymous

      07/02/2011 at 11:49 pm

      We’ll see. She’s away for most of the summer with a great acting gig. I don’t get to see her much and when I do, Tablets are the farthest thing from my mind.

  2. Josh Einstein

    07/02/2011 at 4:41 pm

    So are the 3 dominant tablet OS’s iOS, Android, and webOS? Windows doesn’t even beat webOS?

    • Anonymous

      07/02/2011 at 8:31 pm

      For these kind of Tablets, I’d say Windows 7 isn’t a part of the mix. I also toss RIM out of the picture. Perhaps unfairly, but hey, that’s the way I see it.

      • Josh Einstein

        07/03/2011 at 3:48 pm

        I doubt HP will go anywhere much less #3.

  3. Richard Frankel

    07/02/2011 at 11:40 pm

    I think that, given the marketplace, it’s fair to lump those three, although I don’t know if the galaxytab is the best represenative for the positives in honeycomb.  Something like the Acer Iconia shows off the promise a little better, since it has a working microsd slot and a full-sized USB port, which adds a lot of utility.  That said, the Acer is bulkier to fit those things.  They may not be crucial in a tablet in general, but i think the promise of more freedom in terms of what you can do with the hardware is an important check in android’s column that, other than the acer, has so far been poorly implented (i.e. xoom still having gimped hardware).   Of course, once windows 8 comes out, this advantage may vanish for android. Really looking forward to your thoughts on these. 

  4. Anonymous

    07/05/2011 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks for buying these and comparing…as I mentioned in a comment from today’s article, I am appreciate of you doing this so that others like myself don’t have to pay the restocking fee when returning the undesired tablets.

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    07/07/2011 at 6:14 am

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