Tablet or Slate computers are supposed to be hot next thing, but companies failed to present any convincing Tablet at the CES 2010. We have seen mostly prototypes that have no special software or thought through use cases. What we have seen nothing new. Similar touchscreen computers appeared in different sizes over the last couple of years and none established itself on the market.
Companies show Tablets at the CES in 5-inch, 7-inch and 10-inch. A 5-inch Tablet like the Dell Tablet would have been called a MID last year.
A 5-inch Tablet is too close to a smartphone and too big to carry around.
A 7-inch Tablet offers much more screen than a smartphone, but what is the usage that rectify the price that is in most cases higher than a netbook?
For me Tablets are the winner of the CES 2010 Vaporware award. I only make one exception: The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 is an interesting idea with the two computers in one. Here you get a complete computing solution. When you work you dock the screen and you have a full Windows laptop. When you want to surf the web our watch a movie you take the screen (Tablet) and make it yourself comfortable on the couch.
I agree that a Tablet for surfing and watching movies under $200 would be something to consider to keep on my coffee table. Will we see it on the market in 2010 and will the user experience be acceptable?
I do not want come off as an Apple fanboy here. So I avoid talking about the rumors and potential wonders the Apple Tablet will do. I am actually highly skeptical that Apple found something that makes Tablet or Slate computers the next big thing.
Tablets shown at the CES 2010:
ICD Tablet Powered By NVIDIA Tegra
Motorola Tablet Prototype
Dell Tablet Prototype
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