Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Apple iPad Lookalike Under $600
With the success of the Apple iPad there are numerous small tablet computers becoming available. There seem to be a range for around $200 and another range around $500. The lower cost units, such as the DreamBook ePad 7/10, have smaller 7 Inch screens and less sophisticated touch sensor screens. The more expensive units, such as the DreamBook ePad A10, have 10 inch screens (like the iPad) and "multi-touch" sensors. Another pint of distinction is that the lower cost units run Windows CE or a version of Linux (usually Google Android) and the larger units are capable of running Microsoft Windows 7). It seems likely that the lower cost units will merge with the upper end of the digital picture frame products, whereas the more expensive units are essentially netbooks without keyboards. At present it is not clear what users will do with these products and so there is likely to be a great range of different devices with different features produced. One I would like to see is a unit with a screen cover which doubles as a thin membrane keyboard, turning the tablet into a netbook.