Best Buy To Stock Numerous Slates This Holiday Season

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Ever since the launch of the iPad, companies from all areas  of the market have been scrambling to create something competitive in order to catch the latest wave of ultra-portable computing. Tablet PCs have been around for years, but the newer breed of slim, useful tablets with multimedia capabilities are demanding attention. Up until now, all we have heard from almost all contenders is their intentions; Microsoft has said they are dead-set on bringing Windows 7 to a number of devices, but that's easy for them to say. They don't have to work out the hardware details.

The biggest question on the minds of consumers is "when." When will this rush of non-iPad tablets hit the market?  Many OEMs have really been willing to talk about it with specific dates, but thanks to a recent report on Best Buy, it sounds like the competitive Tablet PC rush may happen sooner rather than later. Shawn Score, the president of Best Buy’s Wireless Retail unit, Best Buy Mobile, recently said the following in an interview with Forbes: "Going into the holidays, we will make tablets a focus. Like e-readers over the last couple years, we think customers will think of Best Buy for tablets and expect us to have the right ones."


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Today, just a single tablet is sold in Best Buy (we'll let you guess), but obviously the retailer knows a little something more about release plans than the general public. The report mentions that "a new crop of tablets, including devices from Samsung, Acer and Research In Motion, is expected to debut in time for the holidays," with Mr. Score affirming things somewhat with this: "We will have a great assortment of them. It won’t be 32, but it also won’t be one, like we have today."





There's also talk that Best Buy's house brand, Rocketfish, may brand and sell their own tablet PC. Rocketfish products have generally seen high marks in the past, and they usually sell for less than name-brand counterparts. It's tough to know how the "race to the bottom" will effect the tablet space, but it sure didn't hurt netbooks. Looks like this holiday season is going to be a wild one, filled with slate-stocked stockings, to boot.
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Will Best Buy be loading them with their special crapware, too? Best Buy-er beware!

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IPAD

BlackPad

WePad?

"Insert feminine hygiene joke here...?"

Why must they all be a PAD? Slate, Tablet, SlateBook...Come on get original if you want to expand the market:P

That is what I have been saying in almost all of my posts about the Ipad and their competition for a while now. We will see a plethora of these by christmas, and by early next year they will be standard fair!

I just wonder when they are going to incorporate solar cells on these puppies for better performance? And for goodness sake, make a scribe with 2480pressure sensitivity standard...or at least an accessory option!!

And right Dave...They will be loaded with BestBuy-Bunkware:P

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digitaldd replied on Mon, Aug 23 2010 11:13 AM

animatortom:

IPAD

BlackPad

WePad?

"Insert feminine hygiene joke here...?"

 

Ever seen the ImaxI pad case for the iPad? looks like a diaper..

 

 

The Velocity Micro tablet, the $299 one with the capacitive touchscreen might be interesting, its expensive though and the cheaper models have resistive 800x600 screens. Velocity Micro tablet linky

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