HP Tablet Gets Video Demo

HP Tablet Video DemoHP managed to slip in a video demo of their upcoming tablet right before the Apple iPad announcement. This tablet is much closer to a touchscreen netbook without a physical keyboard than the iPad and it might shape up to be a real competitor for the iPad at the basic hardware level. They do not have the content integration like Apple does but they do have the powerful Windows 7 in its full glory. So that means it is more open than what you will get on the iPad. But since both devices are currently far away from their shipping dates, there is no way to tell how either of them will perform — independently and against each other.

So let’s look at what the proper video demo turns up for the HP Tablet. The video demo features HP spokesperson Greta Schlendar and CTO of HP Personal Systems, Phil McKinney. Apparently the tablet was already in the work 2 years back but then it wasn’t worked on all that much because the market wasn’t deemed ready for it.

Phill mainly talks about how the device was created and why  the device was conceived in the first place. He says the same thing that Steve would say a few days after him — there is a gap in the market where people like the smartphone usability but want a larger screen to work with. Conventional netbooks of course do not fit the bill in that case so they made a slate device.

Phil is quick to point out and emphasize on the fact that HP would like to think of this as the ultimate media consumption device. That basically means you cannot run a full OS on it properly, even though the HP tablet will be running Windows 7. At this point, if you want a good full OS experience in a small form factor — netbooks and ultraportables are it. And as touchscreen and touch UI’s grow, it is likely that both categories will collide into something new. So till then, we will have to make a distinction.

NetBook Navigator Rebrands And Sells Chinese Tablets For 1K

nn-tabletThere’s this new company in town peddling what they call netbooks. The company is called Netbook Navigator and they are essentially selling Windows 7 based tablet MIDs that have stylus and (hopefully) finger input. Now it has been reported by Netbooked the company is simply taking up Chinese devices (the good presumably) and rebranding them to sell in the US.

The company is talking a lot about netbooks but it is in then end selling tablets. That seems like confusion until you realize that they are probably doing it to lower expectations from device. Other than the fact that it is missing a physical keyboard, it is pretty much in the netbook territory when it comes to hardware components.

The 891A-NN model is 8.9 inches and is powered by an Intel Atom N270 processor. I has 2GB of Memory, a choice between 32-128GB of SSD storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, LAN, 3G, WebCam, Sim card slot, 3 USB ports, VGA out and a 2,200 mAh battery that will last you a good 2-4 hours according to the company. The resolution is 1024×600.

There’s a smaller model that has a 7″ screen with the same specs except that it has 1GB memory and 32GB SSD.

So far it sounds not the most interesting of devices but okay. But the real punch comes along when you read the price tag for the 8.9 inch model. Netbook Navigator is charging $1,199.00 for it. Now correct me if I am wrong — since when has anyone wanted to buy a $1200 netbook simply because it has a multitouch display and Windows 7 Home Premium? The Apple Tablet is definitely going  to be cheaper than this and that is saying something!

The lower model comes for $799. Thinking of everything I could do with that kind of power, I think I laugh heartily at Netbook Navigator’s offering and move on to better things.

Current Tablets Are Nothing But Keyboard-less Netbooks

vega-large-1-425If you are looking for a tablet, look no further than the netbook that is sitting on your desk. There has been a wave of new tablet devices from various manufacturers recently and it seems like the market for these devices is heating up despite the dearth of specialized components for them.

They are mostly in their prototype stages and are not available for purchase by the masses. This sudden upsurge in their numbers can be attributed to variety of factors.

One of those factors is Apple and their rumored tablet device that is almost certain for early next year. Apple has already shown what it can do to an established market – like the mobile handset market. So companies are afraid that they might get buried under the device if they do not make their own devices public.

Another main reason is the rise of the ebook readers. These handheld, unifocal devices are suddenly creating a lot of buzz in the industry. So much so that everyone seems to be making one. Computers manufacturers thus see a golden opportunity in this and hence are trying capitalize on the handheld device craze by offering something as convenient as the ebook reader with the capacity to do more than just display e-text.

But even then, there are constraints regarding battery life and processing power. So tablet makers have chosen the path often followed and have made their tablets follow the way of the netbook. Hence, we are witnessing devices built around Atom, Snapdragon and some other ARM-based chips with build similar to smartbooks and other ultraportables.

Their battery life is also s problem. With comparatively large displays to feed, these devices cannot expect to have more than 4-5 hours of continuous usage. Their form factor also stops them from carrying bulky batteries. Thus over all, only their form and UI differentiates them from netbooks and everything else remains more or less similar.