Random thoughts on a variety of subjects
by Sam Redman
The Ipad will certainly define the next evolutionary step for the personal computer and I can see it being a phenomenal success. But, unlike the dominance enjoyed by the Iphone for several years (because they leapfrogged every other cell phone), the Ipad is going to have some serious competition against contenders in this new touch screen, net book category.
What’s coming? In June comes the HP Slate. It is a touchpad computer too, looking and functioning very much like the Ipad (similar screen sizes, Slate 10″ and Ipad 9.7″), but, the Slate comes with many of those “must have” features which Ipad inexplicably chose to leave out. They both will be amazing ebook readers, Ipad with its very special Ibooks and special store and the Slate fully supporting Amazon Kindle, plus it also supports other online book stores.
But, here are ways that the Slate has real advantages.
The Slate supports any browser; Ipad only allows Safari.
The Slate does multitasking (for example you can listen to your music while browsing the web or reading your email); Ipad does not.
The Slate features a standard 2.0 USB port and therefore expandable storage, plus peripheral appliances; the IPad has no USB port or expandable storage.
The Slate supports Adobe Flash, present on millions of websites (including the NYTimes); the Ipad does not support Flash.
The Slate allows for video chatting with a built in Webcam/video camera; the Ipad does not have a camera.
The Slate has a replaceable battery (we all know that batteries go bad); the Ipad battery is not replaceable.
The Slate has the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, which has been named the fastest selling operating system in history, due to its amazing features including remarkably advanced multi touch capacities. This means the Slate provides work compatibility with software products on 90 percent of the personal computers in the world (that’s a lot).
This time Apple has not caught the competition with its proverbial “pants down.” Surely these two devices are both going to be having remarkable success in 2010, but the question is, which is closer to where this concept should be? It almost seems that the Slate engineering and feature-set at introduction is what you might expect to see in a future Ipad.
This is going to be an interesting competitive battle.