Current State of “iPad Killers”

Well, it looks like the iPad will stay more a less alone in their segment for a couple more weeks than expected. Last weeks brought a couple of new developments that were not playing in their favor.

The HP Slate, presented by Microsoft a day before the iPad presentation, was not just reviewed with slow performance. After HP buying Palm it looks like the whole thing is axed (good for HP). IMO this doesn’t look good for Windows 7 as a tablet OS in general (bad for MS).

The WePad, which despite a catastrophic presentation on April 12th actually seems to exist, is still far from being delivered. It remains to be seen if the WePad can deliver a decent customer experience under Linux while shipping at an iPad price point. Anyway, my main issue with this device is that I don’t get their business model. Yes, at least some german publishers are pressing hard to get that thing into the market as an alternative to the iPad. However, could anybody please explain to me how the WePad’s focus on openness get’s together with the exclusive media distribution channel the publishers dream of? Puhleeaaaze…

The Microsoft Courier was a fresh concept – though I’m not convinced that two screens are better than one. Well, it’s officially steved (Steve B. here, though the verb was coined for Steve J.).

Ok, now what else do we have here – ahhh yes: Android tablets! Well, actually I think those are the only one that are currently making a blip on the radar… not a big one, but they are still a bit away. They will get in the market in numbers. Can they create a market for software and applications? We’ll see.

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