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Earlier today the 'verse was all a-twitter about a mentioned/announced/leaked report that Apple would launch the Mythic Apple Tablet device (iSlate?) at an event in March of this year.
To my mind, that's a strategic leak -- the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is kicking off later this week, and one of the sure-to-be-uber-hot-and-cool technologies on display is the Tablet computing device by (insert your favourite hardware vendor here).
I'm sure that given the nature of the event, Future Shop Techbloggers (me included) will be monitoring the news from CES and offering our humble thoughts, but on the Apple news...
Apple forced the cat out of the bag just to make sure that everyone, your humble scribe included, didn't forget Apple amongst all the tablet twittering that's sure to occur this week.
That being said, who are the potential contenders at this time? According to Business Week:
Though, it looks like a $1,000 USD Tablet is what Mashable is forecasting:
But for $1K USD, it has be pretty slick. It's kinda hard for me to justify plunking down that kind of dough for another take on the mobile computer.
For my money, it's got to be a Star Trek Tricorder. I want it to interface with the internet -- WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet (when docked) and maybe EVDO or some such Cellular tech.
It's got to have kick-arse graphics -- I want games. I want web apps. I want graphics. I want everything that my iPod Touch gives me, but more.
Basically I want the functionality of an iPod Touch, on steroids. And it doesn't really matter what device gets it to me, be it a Palm, Android, Microsoft, Apple, Asus..etc.
But whatever the result of the Tablet wars at CS, I *won't* be investing my hard-earned dollars in the tablet tech until I've had a solid hands-on with the Apple table device. Currently, it's the one to beat.
But maybe the Tablet talk is overhyped. Your thoughts?