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All posts tagged "slates"


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Slate For Every Taste

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 10:30 AM

http://gizmodo.com/5630935/five-of-...revealed-so-far

"Last week alone saw ViewSonic, Toshiba and Samsung all officially unveil new models of keyboard-less computer, with a mish-mash of operating systems and screen sizes hoping to somehow build themselves a market in the wake of Apple's market-leading device. So here's a summary of five of the best tablets out there and on the way this year. Or, to put it another way, the iPad +4."

Is the slate tablet market really that hot, or is this simply a whole bunch of hype intended to get everyone to open their wallets? Tablets might be the next step in casual computing and thankfully, it seems like it draws a large part of its inspiration from smartphones. The only one that stands out for me, and not in a good way, is the ViewPad 100. Dual-booting just seems like such a hassle and it is not like dual-booting slate tablets have not been tried before. Just ask HTC. Most likely, the iPad will continue to dominate the space though there will be a large amount of Android devices to pick from.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tablets Will Not Solve All Problems

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://jkontherun.com/2010/03/22/wh...pc-is-overkill/

"I explained that this ThinkPad wasn’t the only one that could do this. The new HP 2740p has a touch option too. He had no idea that such technology existed, and sadly this is not an unusual case. One of the obstacles to adoption of the Tablet PC has always been lack of knowledge about them, especially with so-called consultants like this doctor used when he set up his practice. He’s spent the past three years lamenting the big bucks spent on Tablets he didn’t need."

With the slate tablet being the hot item right now, it is refreshing to see someone provide another take on what has been done with the industry. The case examples used by James Kendrick are interesting, and I agree that tablets may not have been the ideal choices for them, but I really want to drive home one major point is that with new form factors or procedures, there needs to be enforcement, or at least encouragement of these new features. People resist change and every new concept or set of procedures needs to fight tooth and nail to show that they can be superior. I am ashamed to admit that it took me months to get used to tabbed browsing, but in my defense it was mostly because of muscle memory using alt-tab to switch between browser windows. I am trying hard to make use of more slate and tablet oriented tools such as OneNote, but it is proving to be challenging to say the least. Slates may face the same problem, though the leap will not be anywhere near as great. The most difficult challenge will be on the development side, to make sure that what people see on slates, either through the web, or through custom applications, properly takes advantage of the new interface.


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Gizmodo Compares the Hot Slates

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 02:00 PM

http://gizmodo.com/5459308/slate-sh...kyline=true&s=i

Gizmodo has put together an interesting chart that shows the way these devices stack up to each other. Worth checking out!


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