The problem(s) with tablets…

We all love the idea of tablets, and I have gone on about them recently (eg here). What I would do in this post is point out the four things that I think are wrong with all tablet devices (yes even the holy iPad).

I believe that in the future we will look back in amusement on these first wave of devices due to deficiencies with:

  • Screen
  • Keyboard
  • Battery life
  • Single-user experience.
I explain what I mean below…

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The Next Kindle – a (loss) Leader in waiting

As I discussed here I think the much rumoured Android / tablet / next Kindle [possibly due Autumn 2011] has a decent chance of being a success. I thought I have covered all the ground as to why, but a new rumour has speculated overnight – the price will be 20-25% below cost in order to build market share and make money later from ebook downloads. Now this shows the power of the ecosystem that Amazon can bring, but I also wonder:

  • Is the technology for eInk + normal colour display so expensive Amazon have no choice; or
  • It his another shot in the forthcoming battle for hearts and minds?
Whatever the answer roll-on October!
Update 18th August – there are two machines apparently coming the 7″ coyote and 10″ hollywood. The latter is quad core, $400 and e-ink plus tablet. Or so the rumours say!

Kindle, Kindle, little star

We all know what the Kindle is and (at least in the UK) it is the ebook reader of choice. I know that in the US the Barnes & Noble Nook has made an impact but that device hasn’t crossed the pond. While I like a good book to hold I see the attraction in e-books particularly access to old titles and convenience of form-factor (plus simpler storage). I have held off getting one mainly as I really want a tablet, so I am keen to understand what the next Kindle (due October 2011?) will be. Ahead of that I thought I would make a some predictions and also speculate on how successful it will be (and is it a threat to the iPad’s global domination?)

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