Originally Posted by jwilcox
Hey, there is a good idea for an app... ALL DAILY COMICS!
Just go to the Washington Post website. Hundreds of comics
- and you can go back at least a month on all of 'em. Free too.
Not the slickest interface - but they are there.........
Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
As to the Android tabs (or QNX, WM7, WebOS) -- what can they offer that the iPad doesn't already have?
Then there's full Windows for tablets -- already proven to be a failure.
Other than whatever's HP's (wisely perhaps) takin' their time cookin' up, MS's tablet OS efforts may be the last best hope for anything that can give the iPad a bit of a run for its money in 2011-12 - and in the longer run (where Android seems likely to be a player for the longer-term as well).
Win Tab 8's two planned flavors (in in mid-late 2012) may alter the equation a bit as it will be a clean break in some respects from existing MS slates. We already know it's going to adopt some of the Metro interface conventions from Win Phone 7, and that it's going to still have a Windows 8 core. The Intel version will run all Windows programs - but should have an actually touch-enabled way of accessing the OS and at least selected programs like Office - and dunno about styluses, but expect one to be available if not as de rigeur as before.
The Arm Version is supposed to be fully touch-enabled and have a decent suite of applications, not only from MS, but they're heavily (reportedly) subsidizing ISV's to build for both WT8 and WP8. One would certainly expect something Word- and Power-Point like on the Arm versions of WT8, a la Pages and Keynote for iPad.
And shades of Lion, ideas from the phones and slates are supposed to show up in Win 8 itself. And MS is, while spinning its wheels for a looong time, hardly out of business. Call it the folly of ranking hope over experience, but I'm actually thinking that by WT8 Service Pack 1 or or WT9, MS is going to have credible high-volume hand-held devices running its mobile OS all over the corporate world and with some significant consumer uptake as well.
I agree that in the beginning Apple has an iPod-like advantage it could not have had in the phone market, but iPods replaced (when they replaced anything) non-computing devices. CD-Walkmen, other pure mp3 players, etc. iPads are replacing and adding to mainstream computing and they're not going to hold 80%+ of that market in the long term.
But they could still be the monster #1 vendor of both units, and if history's any guide, particularly of profits for years to come.