Originally Posted by Marvin
That's just the prototype though, they are always very rough. Even the iphone had protoypes:http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/03/hideous-iphone/
there are mentions of fakes and it just being diagnostic modes on the devices but Apple had the video removed. Either way, all manufacturers' devices at some stage in their life look very rough.
If the screen was very thin, it wouldn't seem that way. That prototype was pretty chunky and didn't look much different from a standard convertible tablet.
Just take even a 15" MBP and imagine pulling the screen off:
It's so much lighter than a notebook, gives you enough space to do accurate finger gestures without using your little finger, leaves enough room for a large flat battery and you can still sit it on a stand to watch movies at a reasonable distance.
Sure, this tablet looks big:http://www.macrumors.com/2009/11/10/...arks-interest/
but I think that guy is just really small. That's a Tegra-powered 15-16" resistive-touch tablet. Resistive touch isn't to be dismissed btw - there was a great tech demo on youtube a while ago of improved versions that behave just like capacitive touch but also give you pressure sensitivity for drawing.
After seeing 10" netbooks, I wouldn't want to use one for touch:http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/09/d...nches-mini-10/
12" I could cope with but I'd prefer 15". It would make sense to be 720p so I guess 12" is ok for that resolution at the distance you'd hold a tablet.
Hmmm, what those various links and thoughts suggest to me is that a successful tablet device would be an exquisitely nuanced thing, carefully balancing battery life, size, weight, screen, form factor, UI, and hardware capabilities.
The difference between a forgettable lump like that CrunchPad prototype and a thing that might actually kick-start the market all comes down to sweating the details and making the device a joy to use.
Hey, that sounds familiar-- didn't Apple do something similar in the phone market? Thought about a device holistically, from purchase to activation to software updates, from how it felt in the hand to how apps interacted to a thousand little details? So that just picking it up brought a smile to people's faces?
If anyone can make a device like this suddenly seem forehead slappingly obvious, I would put my money on Apple. And it won't come from any startlingly new paradigms or next gen hardware, it'll come from a great many little, nuanced decisions, all weighted against the total experience. Which means inevitable shortfalls in "features and specs" that'll get the usual tongues wagging.
At any rate, I'm pretty sure Apple can make a great tablet-- but I've never been sure if the world needs a great tablet. That's the big unknown, IMO-- once you leave behind pocketable, is there a big demand for something that forgoes laptop functionality for a relatively modest boost in portability? It may be even Apple can't engineer past that stopper, although I'm guessing they have some kind of "killer app" up their sleeve to sweeten the deal.