The Tablets Are Coming!
Few months ago, right after the release of the iPad, I wrote here, at the mobilefever, that I predict the iPad will create the same kind of revolution the iPhone did for the smartphones world 3 years ago.
Today I found an interesting piece of news saying that Microsoft is aggressively attacking the iPad with windows 7 based tablets:
Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer touted new tablet-style devices running the Windows 7 operating system from about 20 manufacturers at a conference on Monday, underlining the giant software company’s eagerness to counter the explosion of interest in Apple Inc’s iPad.
New Windows-powered tablet or slate devices — small, hand-held, wireless computers — are in the pipeline from Acer Inc, Dell Inc, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Toshiba Corp, Sony Corp and a dozen other PC makers, Ballmer said at the company’s annual partner conference in Washington, D.C., which was webcast.
“This year, one of the most important things that we will do in the smart device category is really push forward with Windows 7-based slates,” said Ballmer. “This is a terribly important area for us.”
(ClickMobile running on a MotionComputing tablet, the UI is highly optimized for small sized touchscreens creating a friendly user experience)
Meanwhile, there are new Android based tablets already being released by different vendors, and rumors about HP plans to base their next slate on the Palm WebOS.
So the prediction is probably going to happen, and for our typical users, field service engineers, I think that means better usability than smartphones, and a decent amount of portability (you can read more about my thoughts about the iPad and the mini-tablets in here)
Will laptop be completely forgotten soon? Will tablets replace today’s PDAs? Will smartphones continue to be popular despite the tablets fashion? Should I change the name of this blog to TabletFever now?