Lets see that makes MSI, HP, ASUS and ExoPC who've entered the tablet market hoping to compete with Apple. Acer, unsurprisingly decided against it. So after 2009 was the year of the netbook, it looks like manufacturers are hoping the tablet will the fad in 2010.
Like the iPad, this table also has a 1Ghz processor, the 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 MPCore. But unlike the iPad, it will also be able to multitask and play videos in 1080p (vs 720p on the iPad). Additionally, the price point, a camera (Video skype?), Android (yes to flash support) and capacitive touch screen make this a viable alternative.
Biggest disadvantages to MSI is the lack of an App store...and they lack the marketing genius that has made Apple products so successful in the past. But if you're not an Applemaniac, the MSI tablet resolves a lot of the grievances that people have with the iPad without increasing the price.
Yeah gibbersome don't forget IBM already had one, and Asus probably has one in the works to, they are just trying to be strategic on there info release. Let all the other players make it news worthy, then right before or after they actually release drop yours and an add campaign.
Plus away from the Apple unit it is not on the App store as you said. I don't think that's a negative though really if you think about it. The reason for that as I see it is this, there will be some way whether it's wireless or what I don't know to install regular Windows software on it.
For a business or general user this also gives this much more marketability as a replacement for a netbook and or a notebook. The capabilities are also at a much higher level against an Atom and closer to a UL, but less expensive with more capabilities than an iPad. I also bet that the $500 dollar unit will have more memory storage capacity than a $499 iPad as well. Also as you noted a higher resolution and therefore wider capability level, as well as Nvidia graphic capability.
I also wonder if the Tablet segment will have a major impact market wide. If so the general mobile market may change to this platform. In many ways it does make a lot of sense. To have a device this capable and energy conscious as well as enabling pretty much full capabilities, no not to a desktop level maybe. Either way it is greatly strengthened mobile communications and operations in a much more svelte package.
"Biggest disadvantages to MSI is the lack of an App store...and they
lack the marketing genius that has made Apple products so successful in
the past." - gibbersome
would actually say, that for most people making the argument you are,
the lack of an "App Store" is actually a BONUS, not a detriment. For
you to see it as a "lack" means that you're seeing only part of the
appeal Apple assumes their target market will respond to. As far as
Apple is concerned (along with some experts I agree with), the whole
"fad" for tablets will be made or broken by whether users can quickly
and easily accomplish the tasks they want to do. An App Store quickly
and easily accomplishes "finding new programs", "purchasing",
"installation", and "updates". In fact "uninstalling" is even easier.
Apple's marketing "genius" aside, the fact that each and every one of
these apps was written from the ground up to be "multitouch" is another
"The reason for that as I see it
is this, there will be some way whether it's wireless or what I don't
know to install regular Windows software on it." - rapid1
main problem for any new UI, is to have software manufacturers to adopt
the input mechanisms and for users to get used to the new interface
convention. Microsoft and Adobe have dealt with these questions with
every iteration of their industry standard toolsets. From floating
palettes, to tabs, to toolbars. Users often take a while to understand
what's going on. Your comment about running "regular Windows software"
on a tablet, is right on the nose with where this whole issue will be
Will people want "regular Windows software" on
a tablet? Wouldn't it be better if the entire OS was written to cater
specifically to being "touch-based" (for a while, these interface
conventions were the prime difference between Windows mobile OS
versions when touch input began to challenge the stylus)? Better still,
wouldn't it be nice if all of the software was also written
specifically to take advantage of touch and multitouch as opposed to
being written for mouse and keyboard input? I can't imagine the
difference being anything but night and day.
instance, when Ballmer stepped up at CES and demoed the HP Slate. The
Kindle software was already running, and all he did was show how you
can turn pages by "swiping" his finger. Compare that to the iPad demo
where Jobs launched the iBooks shelf, opened a book, and flipped
virtual pages, and chose another book, and how to purchase more. If Ballmer had conducted the
same comparable operations, it would have been embarrassingly awkward.
The amount of screen real estate taken up by "scrollbars"
and maximize and minimize title bars and menus, is also notable.
In order to get precision "clicking" in Windows 7 (that approaches the
mouse) with one's finger, you might imagine the "pinch and zoom"
function of the iPhone might help... but this would only highlight the
useability gap between a truly "multitouch" OS and application set, and
one that is only using "touch" capability as a tacked-on asset.
Imagine doing the spreadsheet operations Jobs demoed in "Numbers" with
Excel on a tablet PC with no keyboard.
This will become a bigger and bigger mountain to climb the more people ignore it.
prediction is that Microsoft will realize this shortly and begin
working out some kind of solution (like Blackberry working on the Storm
series)... only their users will have already convinced themselves that
regular Windows software is a "feature", that lacking an App Store is
"better" because you can by software anywhere, and that "multitasking"
every program being run is a powerful way to operate.
Meanwhile, all the new customers who have computers but
never wanted laptops or netbooks will be flocking to the iPad because
it paints a more "friendly" picture unfettered by tech-speak about
running anti-virus software, application slow-downs, task managers, plug-in
upgrades, and registry cleaning. It will be a more and more startling picture to see unfolding.
I still wanna get hands on with one of these things to see how I like it. I wanna say I would like it... but I want to wait til it's in my hand before I pass judgement :-)
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