I say “Tablets we’d like to see do well”, but I haven’t actually consulted with Martin or indeed anyone else on the Moboteam. As such, what I really mean is: “Tablets I’d like to see do well”. I’m glad I cleared that up.
We’re in two minds about tablets here at Mobot. Sometimes they seem like a good idea, and personally I’ve come close to buying a tablet on several occasions, but, y’know, they’re pretty expensive and stuff. And choice; we want more.
Android has reportedly claimed 34% of the tablet pie, but the big-name attempts have been decidedly lacklustre thus far. Indeed, it’s not the Motorola Xoom, HTC Flyer or Samsung Galaxy Tab nipping at the iPad’s heels (er, still from a fair distance), but Asus’ keyboard-rocking Eee Pad Transformer.
Come Christmas there’ll be even greater choice, as more manufacturers and operating systems enter the fray. Here, as ever in no particular order, are some of the tablets we’d like to see do well.
Sony is set to join the tablet party later in the year with not one but two devices. And in a world where tablets are all much of a muchness, Sony gets two thumbs up for daring to be different. Twice.
The S1 (which might be available for pre-order as early as September 1) has an “off-centre of gravity” design. It looks a bit like a folded-back magazine, and the unique design reportedly makes it more comfortable to hold.
The S2 is even more unorthodox, with a clamshell design housing two displays. Think Nintendo DS, but curvier. The screens can display two images independently, or combine to form one large display. We’re not entirely sure how that’ll work in the real world, but it’s potentially a great idea.
Although the tablets have been officially announced, it’s still fairly quiet on the specs front. We do know the S1 will have a 9.4in display, while both the S2’s screens are 5.5in.
In the meantime, you should definitely check out the utterly bizarre “Two will” videos on YouTube.
There’s no lack of choice when it comes to Android tablets, but I’m a tad sick of Google’s ubiquitous OS. And while the iPad is undeniably impressive, I reckon I’d resent buying one simply because it’s the tablet. I want something different (that seems to be the word of the day).
Enter: the HP TouchPad. The webOS-running tablet is already out in the States, and it’s expected to land in the UK, er, this week actually, according to Play.com. Wow.
The HP TouchPad was announced waaay back in February, so we know a bit more about the specs. It has a 9.7in display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and 1.3MP webcam.
On the poo side, it doesn’t have a rear camera, but who the hell walks around taking pictures with a tablet? App support might be a concern too, but HP is keen to seduce developers with Pivot, the monthly app magazine.
Like a handful of other manufacturers, HP seems to be going with same-as-the-iPad-2 pricing. Specifically, that means the 16GB Wi-Fi only model will set you back £399.99, while the 32GB Wi-Fi only model is £479.99. Well, according to Amazon anyways.
And if 9.7in doesn’t do it for you, there are rumours that HP is set to follow up with a 7in variant, perhaps as soon as August. Good luck to you, sirs.