The curtain rose in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday (May 31) on the 31st edition of Computex, the second largest computer show in the world.
The show has attracted more than 2,000 exhibitors and is expected to draw 120,000 visitors to this tiny island, and as usual, the local population is elated to see us come and spend our dollars to observe the latest trends in new technology. While no one can deny that this year's crop of products is playing catch-up to the wildly successful Apple iPad, it is clear that creative minds up are not relying entirely on duplication of the Apple formula to win consumer dollars. Without trying to be judgmental, this report will focus on trying to identify the breadth of creativity and diversity that could adorn the shelves of retail stores around the world in the months to come.
It's about time that a tablet maker finally "got it". The biggest drawback of any tablet was it's inability to interface with a large screen/keyboard/mouse/memory/etc. By making the tablet a segement of the overall system, Asus has created a winner. We are no longer held back by the design limitations of tablets.
"Tablet" is a form-factor; in my opinion anyway. And @dylan are you even marginally serious that you aren't sure if differentiation was ever appropriate between a platform that ran only Windows versus one that ran only Android?
Yes Kiran you are right, Asus has created something new that might be accepted by existing Laptop and Netbook users who are used to with the keyboard and mouse/touchpad. Product by Asus will let experience feel of tablet without leaving the existing lifestyle of notebook.
I believe that people assume something that is called a "PC" must support legacy Windows apps, like Office and enterprise software. On the other hand, a platform called a "tablet" is assumed to have an ecosystem for 3rd party, consumer-oriented apps. No one has built anything that does both ... yet.
"This Fujitsu Tablet PC solution (the only one of these devices that can truly be called a Tablet PC since it is a real Intel CPU running Windows)"..... So does that mean the Android-based Tablets are not a Tablet PC? Is the differentiation based upon the processor and OS? And the iPad is ?????
The tablet market is nice, but still the challenge is the basic input from a keyboard for the majority of us. How many times do you sit in front of a screen without having to access a keyboard. Let's watch and wait, but the ultrathin solution presented by Intel may really be the combinational resource most of us will ultimately apply for our daily use beyond running apps and surfing the internet.
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