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Without providing a price or release date, Dell has begun showing a non-working prototype representing a 10 inch tablet running Windows 7.

According to report by CNET, the product is aimed at users "who need greater mobility, as well as IT organizations that demand control, security, manageability, and integration with existing infrastructure investments."

Named the Windows 7 Business Tablet (rather than using the Dell Streak brand), the product concept is short on specifics apart from needing to use an Intel processor. Last month, Microsoft announced plans to port Windows 7 to the ARM architecture used by Apple's iPad, but said this would take at least two years to deliver. Dell hopes to bring the concept to market "sometime later this year," according to the report.

Steven Lalla, Dell's vice president of its commercial client product group, said that "businesses want Windows because it fits into the IT management scheme," before qualifying that with, "not to say Android doesn't."

For those who don't need Windows to fit into the IT management scheme, Dell will offer the same hardware running Android, an interesting choice given that so far, most Android tablets are built around ARM devices like the iPad.

Apple itself was believed to be evaluating Intel's Atom mobile chips back in late 2007, before deciding to design its own A4 SoC used in the iPad. Apple has also touted that most businesses in the Fortune 500 have been eager to fit the iPad into their IT management schemes.

At the Dell event, Intel appeared to contradict evidence that the PC market was going mobile, with Rick Echevarria, vice president of Intel's Architecture Group, maintaining "we have 30 years in which the PC has proven to be able to adapt itself to the environment," adding, that "rumors of the death of the PC have been greatly exaggerated."

post #2 of 53
Why bother? Not only are you late to the game but you show up with a non-functional prototype?
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Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?
Stay tuned.
post #4 of 53
A non-working prototype.... So, it's exactly like the final product?

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post #5 of 53
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Originally Posted by iLiver View Post

Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?
Stay tuned.

I bet it is at least as successful as the HP Slate
post #6 of 53
CONCEPTUAL tablet, huh?

Fandroids screaming "It's better than iPad!!" in... 3...2...1...
post #7 of 53
It's better than iPad!!

um... yeah. It's still probably better than a hole in your head.
post #8 of 53
There was a time when DELL actually delivered products and kicked ass.
Not today.
Vaporware.
post #9 of 53
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Originally Posted by iLiver View Post

Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?
Stay tuned.

No need to stay tuned, you can already buy a Tablet PC like the HP Slate PC

...at fire sale prices!
post #10 of 53
A piece of plastic with an screenshot stuck on the front! Nice work, Dell!
post #11 of 53
What's the point of showing a non-working prototype?

No, really, what's the point???
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Is that interface based on real information?

A windowed interface is just embarrassing on a portable touch device at this point.

Microsoft have an opportunity to innovate handed to them on a platter and they deliver the same interface over and over again.
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Originally Posted by wordwise View Post

What's the point of showing a non-working prototype?

No, really, what's the point???

To try and slow down Apple. If you can just get people to not buy an iPad until they get their 7 Tablet thingy out to market, maybe, just maybe, you can sell enough of your crap to get a slice of the pie Apple created.
post #15 of 53
Exactly, why bother going out of your way to embarrass yourself (Dell) previewing a non-working prototype "short on specifics"! If you have something good, build it and then show it off.
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Originally Posted by iLiver View Post

Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?
Stay tuned.

MS and Dell have a history of delivering failed handheld devices ... I agree, stay tuned. History is apt to repeat itself here as neither company deemed it important enough to actually show a working product.
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apple delivers functional ipad running ios

(well, it ain't far from the truth)
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Dell previews a slab of thick plastic with a piece of paper taped on showing Windows 7

There... fixed that for you.

Really. If they are going to go right in front of everyone with a ridiculous mockup, use a screen-print of something from "Minority Report" or maybe "Star Trek" you know? Something REALLY futuristic.

Perhaps maybe they used a screen print of Windows 7 since using the real OS would drain the battery in seconds?
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Originally Posted by iLiver View Post

Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?
Stay tuned.

This is why folks like iLiver aren't running companies. It's far easier to be a sofa-critic than to actually see what drives consumers.
post #20 of 53
We already had tablets running windows. There was very little in terms of sales, and honestly were very hard to use. Granted the stylus is now gone, but the UI is still not suited for touch and I don't expect these Windows 7 "tablets" to do very well. If Windows 8 has a new UI though, it may be a contender, but this is still years away. I don't expect any noticeable sales for these things.
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post #21 of 53
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Originally Posted by iLiver View Post

Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?
Stay tuned.

And wait to you see the battery life! 1 hour? 2, if they make it thicker.
post #22 of 53
If it's a so-called "Business Tablet", why does it have a HD aspect ratio screen?

I find I can see and interact with apps and web pages better, even if I have to scroll more sometimes, by being able to view a larger 'chunk' at a time using a non-widescreen monitor over a widescreen monitor [and it's one of the things I like about the iPad].

And yes, I know that the reason for them [Dell] using a widescreen display is because it's slightly cheaper than a display with the aspect ratio Apple uses for the iPad. And Dell's tablet will STILL cost significantly more than the iPad.
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Originally Posted by iLiver View Post

Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?
Stay tuned.

And with a real keyboard hinged to it we can all get back to laptops the way god intended.
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And with a real keyboard hinged to it we can all get back to laptops the way god intended.

I think you're on to something
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Originally Posted by studiomusic View Post

To try and slow down Apple. If you can just get people to not buy an iPad until they get their 7 Tablet thingy out to market, maybe, just maybe, you can sell enough of your crap to get a slice of the pie Apple created.

What kind of pie?

Shouldn't that end... 'get a slice of the Apple pie.'?

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post #26 of 53
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A piece of plastic with an screenshot stuck on the front! Nice work, Dell!

At least the upgrade to Windows 8 will be easy. Just slap on a new sticker.
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According to report by CNET, the product is aimed at users "who need greater mobility, as well as IT organizations that demand control, security, manageability, and integration with existing infrastructure investments."

Boooooriiing.

When I see lame-ass business gibberish like that I know it'll be either DOA or part of an ill-conceived "reset" plan down the road.

Nothing remotely intense or exciting to see here, folks.
post #28 of 53
Tablet + Windows = Fail

Was Dell absent that day in class?
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Originally Posted by canucklehead View Post

Why bother? Not only are you late to the game but you show up with a non-functional prototype?

Not only why bother, but unless you are looking for a junk-food standard like PC don't look to anything what H(D)ELL manufactures. It's plain garbage. Tablet=Crap, PDA=Crap.

Some while back Michael Hell suggested that Apple close up shop and return the money back to the shareholders. Good advice Mr. Hell, close up your crappy PC shop and return the money (if there's any left) to the shareholders.
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Originally Posted by Robin Huber View Post

And with a real keyboard hinged to it we can all get back to laptops the way god intended.

But don't forget the power adapter!!
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Originally Posted by Dunks View Post

Is that interface based on real information?

A windowed interface is just embarrassing on a portable touch device at this point.

Microsoft have an opportunity to innovate handed to them on a platter and they deliver the same interface over and over again.

It took them a decade to copy Mac OS X. You don't expect them to copy iOS overnight, do you?
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Originally Posted by studiomusic View Post

To try and slow down Apple. If you can just get people to not buy an iPad until they get their 7 Tablet thingy out to market, maybe, just maybe, you can sell enough of your crap to get a slice of the pie Apple created.

Of course, consumers no longer fall for this routine, so they target their core suckers, err, I mean customers... Corporate IT departments.
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Originally Posted by iLiver
Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?
Stay tuned.

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Originally Posted by axual View Post

MS and Dell have a history of delivering failed handheld devices ... I agree, stay tuned. History is apt to repeat itself here as neither company deemed it important enough to actually show a working product.

I have a feeling he meant "At last" rather than "Alas".
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And yes, I know that the reason for them [Dell] using a widescreen display is because it's slightly cheaper than a display with the aspect ratio Apple uses for the iPad.

That, and you get to advertise a "10 inch tablet" while delivering a smaller screen.
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Originally Posted by iLiver View Post

Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?
Stay tuned.

iOS is a full-fledged tablet OS. Why would you put a desktop OS in a mobile device?
And before you suggest laptops are mobile devices, that's only half the truth. Many people, if not most, used them on some kind of desk or table most of the time. So they need to encompass the larger paradigm, at the expense of usability.

The iPad is NOT a netbook. It' NOT a "wannabe laptop"; get over it.
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post #36 of 53
here is a rock. it wil glow multiple colors once we finish it.
post #37 of 53
Wow... just relax and read...
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According to report by CNET, the product is aimed at users "who need greater mobility, as well as IT organizations that demand control, security, manageability, and integration with existing infrastructure investments."

This is is specifically designed to fit into market gaps that the iPad doesn't, not to compete with it.

They aren't going to sell like the iPad, and I'd suggest Dell already knows that.
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Originally Posted by Firefly7475 View Post

Wow... just relax and read...

This is is specifically designed to fit into market gaps that the iPad doesn't, not to compete with it.

They aren't going to sell like the iPad, and I'd suggest Dell already knows that.

Just because they know it will fail does not make it a success when it fails.
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Just because they know it will fail does not make it a success when it fails.

That doesn't make any sense.
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Originally Posted by iLiver
Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?
Stay tuned.

I have a feeling he meant "At last" rather than "Alas".

Shhhh.

Ah, the irony......
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