> iTablet - iDon't Think So! -- Part 1

iTablet - iDon't Think So! -- Part 1

Posted on Friday, January 22, 2010 | No Comments

During an email exachange with a good friend of mine talking about the potential Apple iTablet speculation and hype, I made some rather bold, but I think justified predictions and I'd like to share them with you here.

My email in full has been republished here - oh and the opening quote is from Paul Carr's TechCrunch post - I'd post the link, but I have it no longer:

"....so many of the journalists anticipating the launch have dropped any
sense of responsibility to their readers and replaced it with cloying fanboyism"

It seems that pure speculation alone and the game changing Amazon Kindle device have spurred the tablet to be "the device of the year". Apple have merely jumped onto the same bandwagon as everyone else.

Microsoft have already beat them to it too - Windows 7 is built around touch and is the first touch screen Operating System that isn't a phone OS. More over, I think they have grasped that touch screen devices need to be given a purpose - the Courier (the 2-screen diary/notepad thing) for example being a device designed for researching and organising. The new HP device they announced last week as a portable tablet - for reading and browsing.

The Apple device is a bit iPhone - so what's the point? If you want an iPhone, get an
iPhone, if you want a reader, get a Kindle. Also, I'm not sure people are going to be able to type on them without dropping them - they've decided to go for a 10" screen (allegedly), so 8 out of 10 people who buy one, I predict will resort back to their PC or laptop with a keyboard within 6 months of buying Apple's device.

Touch screen devices - I believe - need to have a purpose. They can't be all-round devices that do everything -- unless its in a form factor that's truly portable -- and we already have smart phones that fulfil that gap.

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