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  • Computex Tablet Frenzy Turns Heads

    Perhaps the quietest story of the past week is the tablet frenzy that took place at this year's Computex event. In January, as Apple prepared to unveil the iPad, tech blogs and publications heralded that a tablet from Apple would soon spark a veritable tablet computer frenzy around the world - both among consumers and manufacturers.

    Now that this prediction stands poised to come true, people seem far too occupied with celebrating the iPad's two million units sold already to acknowledge that the tablet business is about to get a whole lot more crowded. Today, PC World served up an in-depth look at better than a dozen new rivals for the iPad that turned up at Computex 2010, which kicked off only five months after Apple introduced the iPad.

    In recent days, MMi has covered the development of foreign iPad competitors like the Wind Pad and the Eee Pad, but those two offerings only scratch the surface of the choices that could soon manifest in the international tablet market. "In the weeks leading up to Computex," notes the publication, "it appeared Google might sweep the show with Android-based tablets, but Microsoft swooped in with some key victories and the launch of Windows Embedded Compact 7 software for small devices."

    PC vendors are clearly not going to let the iPad own the market. And with attention on Apple likely shifting away from the iPad and back toward the iPhone in light of the next-gen product launch only days away, it's quite possible that by the time Apple reveals a second generation iPad - possibly next year - the tablet marketplace will not even remotely resemble the practically barren landscape that it is today.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Computex Tablet Frenzy Turns Heads started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Teban's Avatar
      Teban -
      My point is it's not like a person can hand you anything and you just open on an iPad..thumb drive, cd, HD, whatever, without USB it's a blow to the iPad, but I'm not saying anything new here. Point is iPad did a lot right but some kinda important options where really a big swing an a miss, to the point if the new iPhone docent live up to hype, maybe eBaying the iPad and wee pad here I come. It's just so difficult to decide to jump ship from a company like apple, they are such a frustrating company to deal with at times.
    1. vegassteven's Avatar
      vegassteven -
      If u listen to jobs comments this week it becomes quite apparent that the lack of a USB drive is not an oversight it is a planned design by apple.

      Jobs is insistant the pc is "dead"
      people said the EXACT same thing about the MacBook air - no optical drive. People cared but the apple crowd still bought it.

      It doesn't matter what we want. They will do what they want.
      Like the old "LP vs CD" debate however this is not as obvious to most.
    1. FerrariCUBU's Avatar
      FerrariCUBU -
      I think it's funny that so many people dislike the iPad, and all for the same reason: they are scared of it. Apple is looking to the future. Most other companies are wallowing in the past. In a few years we will be able to do just about everything over the internet. There will be little need for thumbdrives and CDs. The iPad can take advantage of this change. It can also do it in a simple, highly efficient interface. Other tablets that try to run Windows 7 or other desktop OSs are going to FAIL. This is why people are scared of the iPad (and other devices like it): it is changing the way we use computers and some people hate change.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I guess I would agree with Ferrari. I mean look what Apple has done to kickstart the interest in the tablet/slate market. Companies are now jumping all over it. Same went with the smart phone. Yes smart phones were heavily used before the iPhone but it seems that Apple pushed that market forward another step for companies to focus more ahead than sitting back doing baby steps.
    1. Loxs's Avatar
      Loxs -
      To some extent RAM and CPU are both mute points. Look at say an xp machine performing on a 2ghz CPU with 1gb ram then compare that performance to a vista machine with the same specs. If code is efficient you don't need high amounts of resources as apple has showed with the iPhone compared to the droid devices.

      The iPad isn't just for the untechnical minded people but it appeals due to known software easy to use and lack of setting up. A windows tablet would be awkward to use on a touch device. Desktop os's are built for desktops tablets need different software. Add that to battery life ild take specially written software over a bloated windows os running services and process I don't even need using resources that aren't needed.

      Perhaps all those spouting specs are just as brainwashed as the people they are talking about who buy the ipads
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      Well what do you expect when the iPad was released with such weak specs? No USB port, camera, 256 mb RAM, should I go on?

      The true iPhone killer is yet to show up (HTC evo may change that, will wait til 4G is released). But I'm sure we're going to see an iPad murderer a lot sooner. Windows 7 Starter vs iPhone OS mod? Question is self-answered.

      MSI Wind-Pad – an Atom-powered tablet | Krunker
      100 failed Windows tablets.
      1 successful Iphone OS tablet.

      Question has been answered over and over