I like it when companies don’t copy a product by just making a “tablet” and putting a generic operating system on it like the tablets that are equipped with the Android OS by Google which is also used in smartphones obviously. Apple entered the tablet industry with the iPad which kind of seems like they jump started all tablets available today, into the market with their product.
To be honest the first tablet ever was introduced by Microsoft in 2001, according to Wikipedia. This does not mean that they made a rival success with it. It was a cool idea, and Apple pretty much revolutionized it if you agree with that or not, but in my opinion they did. Now there are a ton of “iPad killers” out there that are in competition with the iPad, like I said above.
So with the big market of tablets now, and a variety of choices to choose from, the individual OS’s are Apple’s iOS in the iPad, Google’s Android OS, Blackberry’s OS, and HP’s WebOS. There are pros and cons of all the OS’s, and the hardware that is included with the operating systems. But for one, the iPad does not support flash. One reason I kind of refuse to buy one. Well secondly, I don’t totally need a tablet just yet, it’s something that would just be nice I suppose, but I simply like them for what they are.
My needs come down to the ability to connect other USB devices like a smartphone, a printer, an optical drive, etc. So thats where I pretty much prefer a laptop, so my Macbook Pro suits my needs. All I would use a tablet for is web surfing, just simply entertainment. But they are suited for all sorts of different uses.
So I’ll cut to the chase on the subject of the HP Touchpad and it’s WebOS. HP having acquired Palm already, they utilized their OS and put it onto this tablet. They didn’t say “hey Google, can we put your Android OS on this?”. I like that, it makes a company unique to script their own hardware instead of making it a clone. I can’t totally remember of how many Android tablets there are out there, and also Windows tablets aswell. But all these tablets can do all the same things, like sync music (which the iPad is best at with iTunes), sync photos and videos. Oh and surf the web of course. What I would like to see next is a Linux tablet, but I can say that Google’s Android OS is actually built off of linux.
But anyways, I think the Touchpad has a chance in it’s wide market of tablets, as the iPad jump started it. And the iPad 2 is just adding more pressure to that market, companies have to keep up. Their advantage over Apple is Flash support, which is big I think. When we look at web sites which is the most common thing to do on a tablet, we want to see the animations of games you can play, we want to see Youtube in action, and there are simply so many websites that rely specifically on flash and nothing but. But there are ways to get flash working on an iPad without buying a different tablet instead that does support it. Here you can read on how to just do that, put flash on an iPad.
With that said, maybe there is hope for flash to be fully supported out of the box, so I would say it’s safe to say it’s worth buying one if you think that’s the best option for you.
For me though, I know I am picky. If i buy something and I don’t like it I’m famous for sending it back and getting what I really want. So learning from those mistakes I like to see if I can try out the product and really see if my money is worth being in the creators pocket, with what I bought from them in my hands. So will we see more tablet action in the months and years to come? you bet. And it will be very interesting. How much more thin they will get, how much more space you can utilize to store your media onto, as SSD’s are dropping in price now, and how much more games will be released additionally.
Since HP is kind of at the bottom of the barrel right now in the tablet game, I wish them luck as they are true endeavors to attempt the impossible and approach a really rigid market in the world today. Apple has had the advantage in the MP3 Player market in the beginning, then the smartphone market after, and now in the tablet market. And I hope HP gets the chance, but don’t let me sound like a HP lifer, I own many electronics in different brand names. I would be crazy to own only Apple stuff, or HP stuff. What are your thoughts on the tablets?, leave a comment below or send me an email by using the Contact form at the top right of this page.