Originally Posted by PBRSTREETG
Shen's post summed it up. There really isn't a viable tablet other than iPads. No one knows how to make them with decent performance, build quality and integration.
Well, Steve Jobs and Apple were working in the skunkworks for YEARS before releasing the iTouch and Tablets -- they did a lot of research.
Google and WebOS did an admirable job of playing catchup-- but they didn't have the advantage of the tight integration of hardware and OS. They also didn't get all the NATIVE code in C++ -- which I have to figure has LOTs to do with energy savings. You know, like not having 3rd party "platforms" like Flash which would hog the the CPU and prevent real optimization.
I think that OTHER tablet platforms wish they could have dictated things like Steve Jobs did in retrospect. Their bragging rights of "open", full featured (like a desktop), and running JAVA, flash and .NET --- whatever, don't always translate to the user experience.
Probably in another few years -- tablets will have the power to spare to accomplish "virtual" hardware emulation -- but this is like the days of the 386, where C was a luxury and an Assembler Coder was "the man."
But currently, when the Tablets get the power up -- they lose the battery life -- and vice, versa. Remember how long it took for Apple to offer "simulated" multi-tasking? There isn't one OS feature that wasn't made on a CPU/Battery performance decision -- whereas the competition, was adding OS features off a wish list, without such regard.