So many new Tablet PC’s!! Here is a brief summation for the less informed.
- The Microsoft Courier was officially confirmed although details are still difficult to come by you can watch this video of a possible prototype.The this is the most recognized version of Courier; a dual screen-multitouch-notebook-with no physical keyboard attached (though I am sure there will be a Bluetooth add-on or USB at the least) this is one of several tablets that have been announced the first of which to be released was the Archos 9 tablet which was apparently launched on Oct 22, 2009 but at this point is still very much an unknown due to the lack of purchase options anywhere (including the Archos website..). The tablet does run Windows 7 Basic so it could be considered a Microsoft tablet too. Of note is the patent Microsoft took out on a virtual keyboard that could be launched from anywhere on the screen just by placing your hands on the screen.
- The Apple tablet is the most anticipated product on the web at this point probably owing to the fanatical devotion of Apple fans(no offence) and because Apple releases quality products. Its slated for release in 2010 (slated get it?).
- Next up is my personal favourite and underdog the Crunchpad; it is different from the others so far because it lacks a true OS instead it will rely almost entirely on the internet- booting straight into the cloud instead. I am not entirely sure if it has a confirmed release day but last I heard the rumour was for the Christmas season this year (2009) its also because it seems to me that it was a personal idea of Michael Arrington the administrator and owner of TechCrunch.com without the backing of any huge corporation behind him.
These are by no means the first touch computers that lack a virtual keyboard there are several companies that produce Slate and Tablet PC’s and have for years, these instead represent the possible revitalization of the tablet industry with current technology that may make a tablet PC a viable portable computing solution even an alternative to the old laptop. Most of these will only sell if they are sold for less than $400-500 because of their limited use for gaming and other high performance applications – they are not meant to replace your quad-core gaming rig in anyway, some are closer to eBook readers.