The Tablets are here. Let the war begin!

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."

(Read more in here)

Now, here's what I want to know – are we talking about a similar story like the war between Windows Mobile and iPhone few years ago? Because we all know how it ended…

On one hand, a very limited device that makes you feel good and gives a great user experience, on the other hand a powerful tool that fails to fit in, fails to spoil the users with all the great capabilities…

Now don't get me wrong: I love my new Windows 7, but I expect those new tablets to have a decent virtual keyboard, no less than the excellent keyboard the iPad has. I expect those tiny tray icons I can barely use with a mouse to somehow become finger friendly, I expect battery life to be at least like in Netbooks, and I really hope there will be a lot of good finger capabilities and please, PLEASE no stylus…

I guess we will have to wait and see…


ha14 said…
<span>it will be good if they add phone features and visual conference.</span>

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