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OEMs need to quit putting full PC os's on "tablets" It's barely acceptable on convertables.

 

Tablets at the moment are just Toys imo not really all the useful. I already have a smartphone that does all these things, I don't see the point of having a ginormous cell phone minus the phone part. :rolleyes: They really need to work on making the interface a little less phone like. I realize gesture based tech is all phone right now. but just like squeezing a PC os down onto a small device doesn't work (old windows mobile anyone?) blowing up a phone OS seems silly. I want an interface appropriate to the size of the device I'm using.

 

I may change my tune once I see some competition to the iFail...err iPad later this year. Andriod has a small chance but I still don't see it doing anything different than a phone unless they get tablet specific home screens. WebOS seems like a strong contender but I think the lack of apps will make for a slow start. The windows mobile platform with the "hubs" and panoramic menus might make for a more compelling experiance on a tablet. I'm old so most likely I'll have a hard time getting around the idea these are just toys.

 

For reference I've already paid my dues as a geek on failtech; R.O.B., Powerglove, Virtualboy, eePc, ATi x800, HT extenders, Xbox360 (RRoD? WTF)

 

I'll let you guys sort it out...

 

this post was crafted on my Core i7 PC in glorious triple panel high definition :P

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Agreed, They need to cut the bloat out and make a OS version that is just for the PAD. I dont need an os that needs a quad core with a gforce 8800+ to run smoothly.

 

I like what ubuntu did with the netbook OS. Android will do the same. This post was brought to you by the letter F.

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What I get tired of is manufacturers not being innovative. This looks to be like a perfect example of, "Hey, I can make a tablet that looks like an iPad and toss Windows 7 on it, that'll make me some money!" Way to go OEM, you were invited to the potluck and didn't bring a dish.

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I am really hoping they will bring the Metro UI that is planned for Win Phone 7 to a consumer tablet. I have had tablets for about 5 years (Slate & Convertible).The convertible was useful because it was full fledge laptop with the touchscreen for drawing or taking notes. It was my main laptop till I wore the hinge out. The slate gets used by my kids as drawing pad mostly. The slate is 4-5 years old running XP Tablets and has about 5 hours of battery so only use it when I really want to be sure I can't do much (like on vacation), it keeps me from getting in trouble and provides just enough capabilities to get something done if I have too...

 

I do see a market for consumer tablets, some people still want a Phone to be just a phone (My wife - She doesn't want to pay for a data plan when she has Wi-Fi available to her except when driving for 20 minutes a day and would prefer a bigger screen). A tablet would get her access to the Apps via Wi-Fi without spending $360 over 2 years with AT&T. I am not into paying an apple tax so I am waiting to see what Android tablets can do before the holiday season.

 

Also there are niche cases in verticals like healthcare where you need the full OS on a tablet for application support. I use to work in healthcare and our Point of Care application allowed nurses to complete medical forms on tablets and transmit them electronically without having to complete a paper form and then it is keyed in later to the application.

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First think that came to mind was "SLOW".

I am spoiled with fast application startup times, etc..

And the fact I used an iPad for a few days last week and it's nice and fast.

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Win tablets still have their space, but I can understand how they can seem like "fail" devices for consumers. I am definitely in the minority hoping to see the HP Slate released with Windows 7 and an active digitizer (not capacitive) screen. I have yet to find something that even comes close to a slate Win tablet when it comes to the inking experience (OneNote was a savior for school). However, I do admit that I rarely used it outside of the inking scenario. A device like that exists in a vertical market, but it has a market nonetheless. In terms of a consumer device, yes, it is total fail and OEM's are not going to get very far trying to cram an OS designed to be used with HIDs into a touch driven device.

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