The iPad may have taken down non-products like HP’s Slate (heavily rumored to be cancelled) and Microsoft’s Courier (straight-up confirmed cancelled) without breaking a sweat. But there is no shortage of challengers lining up to battle Apple’s magical device for supremacy. Some don’t actually exist yet, and of course, none of them run Apple’s superior touchscreen iOS. Some, we’re sorry to say, even run Windows, so don’t count on Mac integration. Still, we present this collection of iPad competitors to keep you informed about what’s out there and to help you make conversation at your next nerd party. Yup, we’re here for you like that.
We discuss two of the recent Apple tablet rumors. How did we pick just two? The same way the rumors are created, magic. Actually, we had a hat full of rumors and pulled two of them out of that. We call it, "The Magical Hat of Rumors."
We wonder how many red-eye pictures we'll start seeing on Facebook if the iPhone gets an LED flash and we make fun of companies using the name Slate.
So much for “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”: Companies of all shapes & sizes are coming out of the woodwork throwing around tablet-style gadgets, and some of them aren’t even being shy about referring to them as “slates” on the heels of the recent news that Apple has procured a trademark on the name “iSlate,” possibly as a name for their own forthcoming tablet.
Let’s have a look at what’s been announced so far, and what we know about each device.
If Apple doesn't introduce some kind of tablet device at the end of
this month, they're going to be just about the only ones. Everyone,
even Microsoft is getting into the game, including the latest
As rumored only hours before, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the wraps off a new touchscreen tablet running Windows 7 during his CES keynote Wednesday night. Did they steal some of Apple’s tablet thunder?
While a definitive leak or video or smuggled photo has yet to turn up to give every Mac fan the vapors, fragments of rumors, whispers of possibilities, and glimpses of details related to hardware turn up almost weekly. This week was no different.