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  • HP Dangles Flash in Front of Apple, iPad

    The forthcoming battle among competing tablets could very well boil down to one word: Flash.

    After Steve Jobs made it clear that the iPad doesn't need to support Adobe Flash to become the "game-changer," competitors looking to knock Apple off of its tablet perch are now using "Flash" as the buzzword to foreshadow the iPad killer. And Hewlett-Packard is making it clear to everyone that their slate device is superior to the iPad because it supports Flash. As posted on HP's "Voodoo" blog this week:

    A big bonus for the slate product is that, being based off Windows 7, it offers full Adobe support.
    While some expect April 3rd, the release date of the iPad, to represent the culmination of the tablet computer hype of the last six months, the reality, of course, is that the era of the tablet has just begun. Shortly after the iPad is rolled out, one competitor after the next will take a swipe at Apple with their own tablet.

    As the tablet PC market takes shape, the first - and biggest - battles will clearly be waged over Flash support. It's the haves vs. the have-nots. As the biggest have-not of them all, Apple will be a big target of competitors' ad campaigns. Yet, it doesn't necessarily appear at this time that the general public is so enamored of Flash that the masses will largely shun the iPad in favor of another tablet PC that serves up Flash support. Naturally, however, that's what companies like HP are hoping for to some extent. And its a safe bet that their marketing campaigns will stress this in the coming months.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: HP Dangles Flash in Front of Apple, iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
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    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlvincent View Post
      I'm still not interested in the iPad regardless of what competition comes along. But I do however also see it as being a leader of some sort, in which all other companies will try their hardest to surpass. Which also means "More competition, more benefits for mankind". Thanks APPLE once again for setting the bar! And F$&k you APPLE for being such greedy, selfish, controlling, and Hitler-like bit**es!!!
      Enough with the 'Hitler' BS: until someone kills 30 million people, don't bother comparing them to Hitler.

      Quote Originally Posted by Fallguy View Post
      All the competitors of Apple have to do is mention that you need flash to view most videos on Youtube , and half the battle is won . I am sure there are a ton of the younger generation looking for that feature as a huge buying point .
      YouTube - HTML5 instead of Flash.
      YouTube HTML5 Video Player
      This is an opt-in experiment for HTML5 support on YouTube. If you are using a supported browser, you can choose to use the HTML5 player instead of the Flash player for most videos. Your comments will help us improve and perfect the mixtures we're working on. So jump in, play around, and send your feedback directly to the brains behind the scenes.
      You were saying?

      To everyone else poo-pooing the iPad: Buy it or don't, but you should really try to understand it's purpose. You don't buy a netbook to use it like a notebook or a desktop replacement (even if it does run Win7): you will not be happy. You wouldn't buy an iPad to use it like a notebook or desktop either for the same reason.

      The iPad is a large form-factor media player, that can run light-weight apps, read newspapers, magazines and books, let you do some casual web surfing and give you access to the apps you already use on your iPhone/iPod Touch Why? Because it's an easy sell and it keeps people from trying to do ridiculous things with it that it was never intended to do. If they put OS X on it then even more people would be b!tch!ng that it's way under powered, blah, blah, blah.

      Having said that, I'm not thrilled that it doesn't have the forward facing camera, flash media support, and multitasking (maybe OS 4 will take care of that) to name a few. I am glad that it doesn't do flash if only so I don't have to see Farm Town running on another platform in my house.
    1. shizzabrick's Avatar
      shizzabrick -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      "Why buy a 50" when you can get a 19" at a fraction of the price, it does the same thing and it is more portable?" Is that your argument?

      A 19" tv does exactly the same thing as a 50" tv but the 50" is a hell of a lot more enjoyable to watch a movie on.

      Thanks. Great post!