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Tablets Tablets Everywhere But We Still Have to Wait and See



CES 2011 is done and the Tabletalozza, or whatever the tech press was calling it. still leaves us with more questions than it does answers. Surprised? You shouldn’t be.

Already this morning I’ve seen lists of Tablets to be on the lookout for published all over the Internet. Engadget has one and Kevin Tofel has posted one as well.

The fun (maybe, maybe not) about this is that everything is still ripe for speculation as many of these Tablets depend on Google’s next version of Android, some depend on a Windows 7 implementation, and two depend on other operating systems. (That would be HP and RIM.) And of course there is a new iPad just around the corner as well.

How will this all shake out? Too early to tell in all honesty and anyone who tells you different is blowing smoke up your chimney. Some will have success, some will fail, some may not even make it to market. But here are the ones that in my opinion are going to be the subjects of more blog posts than you can count.

Android Tablets

Windows 7

The Others

I don’t dismiss any of the other Tablets unveiled at CES 2011 or to be unveiled in the next few months. There may be surprises galore ahead. That said, I wouldn’t expect any of those not listed (0r for that matter any of those listed) to all be big players next year this time. We may live in interesting times, but sometimes interesting can be defined as trying to sort through the promises and the realities.



  1. Sumocat

    01/10/2011 at 5:23 pm

    And like last year, everyone’s going to wait for Apple to make their move, presumably the iPad 2, then scramble to adjust their strategy. Showing up is half the battle, people!

    Exceptions are Motion whose niche is unaffected by the iPad and Notion Ink whose Adam is now on two and 89 hundredths of its three-second countdown (only 110 thousandths to go).

  2. Yogh

    01/10/2011 at 10:53 pm

    Why do you list the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and not the Slider?

  3. Dave_in_MI

    01/11/2011 at 5:01 am

    The tablet I’m most interested in learning more about is the new 10″ Lenovo Win7 Slate, complete with pen/digitizer and multitouch. As a graphic artist, a sub-$500 media tablet with at least some basic drawing capability would be a prize.

  4. Mark H

    01/11/2011 at 6:12 am

    I’m not convinved that the current incarnation of the tablet along the lines of the iPad will go mainstream. I don’t think they’re versitile enough for the ordinary person to justify the cost (though the hybrids look promising). They’re good for browsing the web and reading ebooks/magazines/newspapers but there are a lot of things they aren’t great at like watching video, writing emails, inking. On the other hand convertable Tablet PCs are versitile but bulky. Maybe putting a laptop into a lightweight tablet form factor is still years away.

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