Linked by David Adams on Sun 20th Jun 2010 03:06 UTC, submitted by fran
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft has Windows Mobile 6.x (on the way out) Windows Phone 7, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Embedded Compact 7 and then Windows 7 for tablet PCs and netbooks. What this bevy of systems is missing is a coherent answer for the tablet form factor. Windows Embedded Compact 7, which is the OS aimed at the mobile sector, isn't yet released, and when it is, it won't have a uniform UI, but will depend on hardware vendors to customize. It's an appealing strategy from the vendors point of view, I guess because they get to differentiate their products from their competitors, but it's not a recipe for success.
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Sure some will keep using it. But for most people i bet it will start collecting dust real quick when the newness of it wears of.

Eh, I wouldn't be so sure. I got to borrow one for a few days, and during the short time I had it, I became a big fan of tablets. Why? Because it's a lot easier to hold one while sitting back on the couch or lying in bed and using one finger to operate, instead of a tiny cell phone screen, or having a laptop/netbook in your lap, trying to navigate with a shitty trackpad. Some say it's just a big iPod touch, but that's not necessarily a bad thing; my 50" HDTV is just a bigger version of my 15" portable HD LCD TV, but sometimes bigger really is better ;)

Granted, it's more limited in its functionality than a laptop, but definitely has its uses. Ultimately, I decided to pass on it, because I can't stand iTunes and the iPad depends on it, but I'm looking forward to a decent Android tablet being released.

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