And now the string of designs and tablets will commence in 2010. Here is an interesting article on one of these designs (not a real tablet).
In my opinion this design has a number of positive aspects, not least being the ability to “turn” it into a laptop computer with the additional accessory. For someone at the moment who does not have a laptop but a desktop PC, the attraction of a tablet is the ability to fit it easily into a briefcase and to use it around the house (rather than being stuck in a room). The accessory of the keyboard does provide the user the ability to fix it in a room and use it like a normal laptop.
Detailed in this article is the “solution is intended to enable a second generation of smartbook products with prices less than $200 and featuring form factors that fully leverage the power, performance and functionality advantages of advanced ARM® processor technology. It is designed to provide instant-on functionality, persistent connectivity and all-day battery life.”
So here are my positive observations on this concept:
- With a price tag of around $200 or less this places this product in a fantastic price category;
- The processing power will enable this device to be a multi-media device and also a practical computing device;
- Instant-on, like the iPhone, makes the device user friendly and quick to get going;
- The persistent connectivity is a necessity in this day and age of “always on” user requirements;
- Battery requirements are critical for the success of any device, and the longer the battery life the better the device;
- A light and easy to carry device;
- Compatibility with other devices including USB devices; and
- Interoperability with items like the keyboard for this device.
I am sure you can find the negatives yourself but I am going to leave this article with just the positives.