Originally Posted by logandigges
Meh, looks like one of those Windows tablets. Thick, and prototype-looking. Of course, back then, this was great.
It looks like something that was possible during that era within the permissible tolerance levels of a consumer grade device. What more do you want? There are parts and components today that just weren't available at that time.
Originally Posted by JeffDM
That actually existed? I'm pretty sure that was the minority. Most Windows tablets were of the "convertible" style.
I remember a few variants. I never paid that much attention to them, but I felt that laptops of that era were somewhat strained. These weren't very appealing to me. I still lack an ipad simply because I wouldn't use it most of the time. Further software development and better storage and connectivity options would change that for me.
Originally Posted by poke
The fact that Apple was happy to spend 8 years perfecting it tells you everything you need to know about whether innovation comes from visionary companies and is then copied or if it comes from everybody zeroing in on an "obvious" design. Frankly, if you think the latter is true, you know nothing about design or development. Android and the Android tablets are not just copies, they're obviously the product of careful and deliberate reverse engineering. They simply would not exist otherwise. I have no doubt at all that Google very carefully studied the iPhone and measured the way it responded to touch, etc, probably using some kind of robotic rig and high speed cameras to ensure they could copy it just-so. I have no doubt that Samsung took apart the iPhone and iPad and carefully studied them so they could make their own. That's how these products came into existence in such a short time after the iPhone/iPad was released.
You are so silly. 8 years perfecting it? It's more likely that the technology wasn't there to do it the way they wanted to at the time, and they couldn't afford a flop product (remember they were a much smaller company back then). It looks more like something was put on the back burner rather than perfected for 8 years.
Originally Posted by MeniThings
That's backwards thinking that lacks vision and imagination. MS thought a tablet was simply a keyboard-less laptop. One that ran a marginally modified, stylus driven version of Windows, and one that was burdened with the same PC era expansion and media slots.
Apple re-invented the idea of a tablet by abandoning the windows metaphor and stylus input in favor of a completely new touch-based OS. Then they removed the expansion slot idea. Then they did away with the keyboard. All these bold decisions defined what Apple was doing, and all these concepts were absent in the wholly unoriginal and failed MS tablets.
You are equally unimaginative with this statement. It's fully possible that this project was working within the budget they were given. Budget and timeline may not have allowed for a full rewrite, or they may not have been confident that they could get developers on board. It's far less likely that they simply had a lack of forward thinking at an engineering level (they had access plenty of amazing programmers and engineers). Some of you are filled with too much hatred and too little independent thought.