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Topic # 88640 19-Aug-2011 18:56 Send private message

For those who haven't heard HP is now out of the tablet business and there is no more of the TouchPad. 

By all accounts it wasn't all bad....

VerdictHP creates a great generation-one tablet and brings it to market right when the generation-two rivals are hitting the scene. If you dislike Apple's arrogance and Android's Windows-of-the-tablet-world strategy, you'll live with the TouchPad's media playback limitations, revelling in it as a neat internet tool. If you're are WebOS die-hard, ditto
http://www.reghardware.com/2011/07/18/review_tablets_hp_touchpad/ 

... but not great either I guess. And is was only HP's first try. 

But seriously how hard is it to make something that is competitive with the iPad?

If you take out the 'Apple factor' the iPad is lighter, thinner and has a better battery life than any Android rival I have read about. These are the really important features. 

The build quality, processor speed, and screen are also as good if not better than the Android et al rivals.

Sure the iPad has a proprietary connector and doesn't have SD card support but that's the same as the Galaxy Tab. Ok, the Transformer has a doc that can turn it into a $850-900 net book with under 100GB of memory; wow that's impressive.

OK, there is no Flash video but with all the apps out there for various video on demand and such it isn't really a crippling omission.

Hell, even the price difference is negligible, less than $150.

So when is the rest of the world going to catch up with Apple? Why are they behind in the first place? And when are they going to start seriously undercutting apple on price? My Motorola Defy cost almost third what an iPhone does and it is way above a third as functional. When this is the case for tablets, I'll be buying one. 

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  Reply # 509162 19-Aug-2011 19:00 Send private message

Android on tablets have failed so far. webOS is gone. Windows 8 ftw!

ps - webOS discussion in the below thread.

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=12&topicid=88604




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  Reply # 509169 19-Aug-2011 19:14 Send private message

And yet, I'm taking an Android tablet (Motorola Xoom) to Microsoft TechEd next week BECAUSE MICROSOFT NEVER RELEASED A DECENT TABLET OS EVEN THOUGH THEY STARTED EIGHT YEARS BEFORE EVERYONE ELSE.




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  Reply # 509170 19-Aug-2011 19:16 Send private message

Large, traditional corporations = too many hands in the pie = going nowhere.

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  Reply # 509172 19-Aug-2011 19:19 Send private message

freitasm: And yet, I'm taking an Android tablet (Motorola Xoom) to Microsoft TechEd next week BECAUSE MICROSOFT NEVER RELEASED A DECENT TABLET OS EVEN THOUGH THEY STARTED EIGHT YEARS BEFORE EVERYONE ELSE.


Microsoft ignored/missed the mobile space big time. The XP tablets were pretty good but the hardware costs were through the roof back then. I am thankful to Apple and Google though because Microsoft is back :-)






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  Reply # 509205 19-Aug-2011 21:01 Send private message

billgates:
freitasm: And yet, I'm taking an Android tablet (Motorola Xoom) to Microsoft TechEd next week BECAUSE MICROSOFT NEVER RELEASED A DECENT TABLET OS EVEN THOUGH THEY STARTED EIGHT YEARS BEFORE EVERYONE ELSE.


Microsoft ignored/missed the mobile space big time. The XP tablets were pretty good but the hardware costs were through the roof back then. I am thankful to Apple and Google though because Microsoft is back :-)


The absence of a Microsoft tablet strategy, any strategy whatsoever, is one of the bigger mysteries in the tech space as far as I can see. The closest I can remember to a public statement on an MS tablet strategy was a comment during the WP7 release asserting that WP7 only for phones. This was at a time when Android was saying: 'Yeah, the next release is going to be moving towards tablets'. 

I have not even heard rumours of a MS tablet strategy, let alone an actual OS. If there is something cooking they are doing an amazing job of keeping it quiet. 

I have said it once and I'll say it again; a well executed MS tablet could be amazing. It could be totally integrated with your PC. Outlook, Excel, Word, Media Center all... just there. If they got really tricky this conceptual tablet could hook up to your X-Box and Nokia WP7 phone. This conceptual MS tablet could work with the Windows systems that most enterprises use. Tablets aren't computer replacements, they are supplements. You are still going to have a computer somewhere about the place, if your tablet is an iPad then this will be a Mac (more power to you) if it isn't an iPad that computer is probably a PC running Windows software. 

OK, Windows got burned bad with the early tablet PCs and outside of the X-Box they have never been number one with consumer products. But seriously does anybody else see this as obvious? 

Dare I say that such a tablet could be made by the Finish phone maker who now has a 'special relationship' with MS over phones? 

Can anybody tell me why non-iPads are heavier, thicker, have worse battery life and those that make them think they can still charge the same as Apple? I just don't get this. 




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  Reply # 509211 19-Aug-2011 21:05 Send private message

And with regard to my OP:

HP has confirmed it is buying Cambridge-based enterprise software company Autonomy for $10.24bn (£6.2bn).

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/19/hp_buys_autonomy/
 




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  Reply # 509222 19-Aug-2011 21:22 Send private message

You have not heard, read or seen Windows 8 yet? The demo starts at 51 seconds into the video below. Will be released in Q1 2012 for tablets and slates. BETA will be released next month. It will run on laptops, desktops, slates and tablets.







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  Reply # 509224 19-Aug-2011 21:23 Send private message

I've heard of Windows 8 but didn't realise it had a major tablet component.




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