Motorola showed off the evolution of tablets in a YouTube video just released. The company went all the way for Egyptian stone tablets and forward to its upcoming tablet, which will be unveiled at CES in January.
The history lesson takes us through several museum displays. The first one shows a huge slab inscribed with Egyptian hieroglyphics, dated 3200 B.C. "Good graphics, but weight makes for poor portability," says the video.
Next are stone tablets, i.e., the 10 Commandments, 1440 - 1500 B.C. "Excellent durability, but zero flexibility (can’t edit)" is what the video said.
Then comes the Rosetta Stone follows, 196 B.C. It has "Multi-lingual support, but low-resolution screen."
Next is a Maya engraved tablet, 500 A.D. It sports "Successful Latin American distribution, but rumored 2012 self-destruct feature."
The GRiDPad (1989) was "Launched as an inventory tool, but 20MB (not GB!) hard drive limits inventory to just 12 items."
Enter the iPad (2010, naturally). It is described as "It's like a giant iPhone, but ... it’s like a giant iPhone."
Android's first tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab (also 2010) has "Android OS, but ... Android OS for a phone." It is true that even Google said that the current version of Android is not optimized for tablets.
Fade to what looks like a black obelisk emblazoned with a Motorola logo. A bee buzzes into view, implying that the Motorola tablet will carry Honeycomb. In fact, Google's Andy Rubin demo'ed Honeycomb back at D: Dive Into Mobile, on a Motorola tablet.
CES runs January 6 - 9, 2011, and companies are expected to launch several new products, including, apparently, this new Motorola tablet, which isn't exactly a secret.