Tablets

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2. HP TouchPad

I think we can safely call this one the "X factor." Even after Hewlett-Packard officially unveiled its webOS tablet on February 9, there are still two big questions hanging out there - when exactly will it arrive ("summer" is all we know) and how much will it cost? This product has been in the works since HP bought Palm last summer. Putting the resources of HP behind the massive potential of webOS could be great combination. Also, don't forget that HP has a decade of experience building tablet hardware -- even if it was as part of the long defeat for Microsoft's Tablet PC. HP's new TouchPad is 9.7-inch tablet with lots of high-end features, but it doesn't have much to distinguish it from Apple or Android and that could hurt. The tablet will likely succeed or fail based on price. If it is comparable to the iPad ($500) while offering a stronger feature-set, it has a shot. If it's more expensive than the iPad then it could struggle. Still, the WebOS is a natural fit for tablets and the TouchPad could potentially trump the iPad in true multitasking, better integrated notifications, and messaging.

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2 comments
christer.carlsson
christer.carlsson

I feel that if the tablet will really boom into the enterprise it has to offer more than the Smartphones do. As I see it iPad 2 is more or less an upsized iPhone and that is not enough. I guess without having the possibility to see for myself that the others are very similar in that part. I need a product that can replace my PC/Laptop for most parts except powerediting. I need a tool that can be used for presentations, for textediting and spreadsheets and that can be easily transfered to my server. And sorry to say, it has to be able to edit or att least read office-documents. I need a product that does not store logins by default and that really clears out all the cashed information from my surfing when I close the browser. If I had that, I would buy one.

ScarF
ScarF

I was looking forward for the color eInk technology and Pixel Qi's is a promising one. I'm not very keen about an Indian startup though. I also hope to see some devices with Qualcomm's Mirasol technology and/or Philips's Liquavista electrowetting technology - now purchased by Samsung. It is my believe that the future will belong to the non-LCD (ePaper) screens with 5x-10x longer battery life.