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  • iPad May Face Challenge from HTC 'Scribe'



    HTC is getting ready to take aim at Apple's iPad with a new tablet product that, based on a new trademark filing, may be called the "Scribe." According to Bloomberg, the recent trademark filing from HTC describes the forthcoming device as "a handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer." While rumors of an HTC tablet have lingered since the company's CFO Cheng Hui-Ming stated in October that HTC is actively "studying the market," the latest news of the trademark filing is being taken as conclusive evidence that HTC is ready to do battle with Apple in the increasingly competitive tablet marketplace.

    Despite initial rumors that HTC would roll out their tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show (beginning January 6th) or during the Mobile World Congress in February, it now appears that a mid 2011 launch is far more likely if not inevitable. Most industry analysts expect the HTC tablet to run Android 3.0 - aka Honeycomb. In this regard, HTC would be joining Motorola in preparing a new Android tablet that has also generated considerable buzz. Motorola recently made headlines when one of it's executives referred to the iPad as a "giant iPhone."

    When HTC Corp., the world’s largest maker of mobile phones using Google Inc.’s Android operating system, formally announces its tablet computer, few will be surprised, as it now appears to be just a matter of time before the tablet is released and the world can take notice of just how many bells and whistles the "Scribe" will serve up at a yet-to-be-determined price.

    Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad May Face Challenge from HTC 'Scribe' started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. gdd2010's Avatar
      gdd2010 -
      Quote Originally Posted by stfudvs View Post
      I wouldn't sell HTC short, their products getting better and better, have u played with an evo, they arnt bad phones, and android is definitely getting better

      competition is good for the consumer
      I don't doubt the product (hardware). It's just that android is so fractured, there is too little standardization for app builders to meet the needs of the android community.

      iOS has that above android.. Even after jailbroken, iOS is still nominal in the app design community. Not a lot of "tweaking" and modifying just to get apps to work.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I am all for the android tablets. I like to see competition because it works out for all consumers. But Android is not ready for tablet yet till 3.0. So I will try one out when 3.0 is dropped on one because they said that is when they will support tablets fully.
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      I don't see HTC making an iPad killer. I like how all these companies are making hundreds of different phones & tablets in an attempt to remove apple from the number 1 spot. They simply are saturating the market with a bunch of similar devices that come close but not close enough. I think RIM has something with the playbook. Hopefully their OS is up to par b/c some good ol' American competition is needed.
    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      oh please the ipad doesn't even come close to the galaxy tab, i can say that because i have them all. i dont even use my ipad & iphone4 anymore. why walk around with a big ipad and iphone? when i can use my galaxy tab with all and more features and it's more portable.now with my tab i have a phone and an ipad all in one device
      Yet it hasn't sold even close to the iPad.... What more features? Having a camera?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LSZ33 View Post
      I think RIM has something with the playbook. Hopefully their OS is up to par b/c some good ol' American competition is needed.
      And I don't really think I heard RIM say anything about aiming at iPad. Which is good to come out the gate showing your own and not trying to piggyback off someone else's name. I am very interested in QNX interface. Heard they are working on the battery performance right now.


      Correct me if I am wrong please on if RIM said iPad killer.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      The more competition the better off all of us consumers will be. FFS we wouldn't even have copy-and-paste were it not for the competition forcing Apple's hand.
    1. D.J.C.'s Avatar
      D.J.C. -
      He's probably the only writer working over the holidays.
    1. sharkonland's Avatar
      sharkonland -
      Cmon guys, you really expect majority to appreciate an android device on an APPLE forum. Its understandable though, Im sure most of you havent even had hands on time with the galaxy tab or some of the newer android phones. Once you go android there's no going back. TRUST ME. I have had the iphone2g,3g,2x 3gs' and and iphone 4 since day 1, but that control you get with android is just not on a since other device. Its not for everyone though, im sure, but a power user like me cant stand the basic feel of the iphone anymore. Apple really needs to push the boundaries with widgets, better notifications and their own magic touches. I still love my ipad though, but im sure once the motorola or htc device come along ill probably try them out. Unless the ipad 2 is really THAT much better..Anyways, Happy New Year guys.
    1. gionnan1495's Avatar
      gionnan1495 -
      SORRY FOR THE LONG(ish) POST
      i am disgusted by motorola; how could the call the ipad a giant iphone? it cant even make calls, it should be called a giant ipod touch...geez.

      to be honest, being an owner of both iOS and android devices (HTC Desire Z), i like apple's approach on simplicity, but i would much rather have more freedom with my phone, which is i why i use my HTC as a phone and iphone 3gs as a gaming device.

      for all you retards who thinks that companies should stop making tablets,
      why would you say that? havent gone to school? if more companies enter the market, that would force apple and other major tablet makers to improve on their current device.

      so to all you apple fanboys, **** off. be glad that more companies are forcing your precious apple inc. to make better products.
    1. Saved0ne's Avatar
      Saved0ne -
      Anyone knows what this puppy looks like?
      I'm wonderin, but still.. it's the iPad for me.
      or.... iPad 2
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gionnan1495 View Post
      SORRY FOR THE LONG(ish) POST
      i am disgusted by motorola; how could the call the ipad a giant iphone? it cant even make calls, it should be called a giant ipod touch...geez.

      to be honest, being an owner of both iOS and android devices (HTC Desire Z), i like apple's approach on simplicity, but i would much rather have more freedom with my phone, which is i why i use my HTC as a phone and iphone 3gs as a gaming device.

      for all you retards who thinks that companies should stop making tablets,
      why would you say that? havent gone to school? if more companies enter the market, that would force apple and other major tablet makers to improve on their current device.

      so to all you apple fanboys, **** off. be glad that more companies are forcing your precious apple inc. to make better products.
      Do you think you're getting anywhere by calling ppl "retards" and telling them to "**** off"? If you read the posts you'd see that a lot of us understand that competition is a good thing. You can still state your opinion without calling anyone names...
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Quote Originally Posted by jordbrett; View Post
      The only thing that's gonna compete with the iPad is 2nd gen iPad....
      +2
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I am always interested in others companies and what they are coming out with... however I will stick with my Apple iDevices!
    1. certifiablygeek's Avatar
      certifiablygeek -
      Quote Originally Posted by neonsector View Post
      they are hoping that the 2 million plus morons that bought the overprice itampon would buy their garbage too.
      Simple human tactics
      You lost any credibility that you MIGHT have had when you said "itampon". Try not to be stupid.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Do you think you're getting anywhere by calling ppl "retards" and telling them to "**** off"? If you read the posts you'd see that a lot of us understand that competition is a good thing. You can still state your opinion without calling anyone names...
      While I agree with you, he only called people who are against other people making tablets retards. They may not be "retards" but they sure are closed minded to actually think that something other than only Apple on the market is a bad thing.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Why is it that every article for the past few days has been written by Messany?

      I don't think u have read many articles then cause not all of them are by messany

      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyiu
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      While I agree with you, he only called people who are against other people making tablets retards. They may not be "retards" but they sure are closed minded to actually think that something other than only Apple on the market is a bad thing.
      I agree with you on that, they are closed minded! We do need some good competition.
    1. clikzip's Avatar
      clikzip -
      Well lets see, everyone ripped off the iPhone on alot of its features and tried to make them better. Lets see how theyll rip off the iPad and try to make it better.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by clikzip View Post
      Well lets see, everyone ripped off the iPhone on alot of its features and tried to make them better. Lets see how theyll rip off the iPad and try to make it better.
      The only two features I can think about the iPhone having that were "different" around its debut were the touch screen (we did have stylus based systems years before iPhone by the way) and the way the icon/app layout worked. The big thing, IMO, was the sheer quality web surfing experience which, ironically, none of the competitors seem to be working to steal or copy at all. Everything else about iOS was Apple "ripping off" the mod/dev community as well as absorbing features from other phones. This includes cut/paste, appstore, and the list goes on.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      Do you stick it in your Pocket? Pants pocket like an iPhone? if not..then I'd have to disagree with you. True the iphone doesn't play flash but there's n App for that. And @ least the iOS doesn't have a Problem with its OS like the Android Does with it's OS..BUT; honestly the Samsung is about as Close as you can get too a TRUE competitor when it comes to tablets.