Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Mar 2010 23:54 UTC
Microsoft Up until only a few weeks ago, I had little, very little faith in Microsoft ever doing anything serious with its spectacular Courier tablet-book-thing-whatever concept. However, this thing happened, and this thing is called Windows Phone 7 Series - it showed that Microsoft is willing to take risks, willing to introduce something new and fresh. As such, colour me intrigued about rumours from Engadget concerning the Courier actually being real - accompanied by a boatload of screenshots and concept videos.
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Definitely Want
by kurgan2001 on Sat 6th Mar 2010 00:11 UTC
kurgan2001
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2008-12-31

Oh yeah .. I'm definitely getting one of these when it comes out. Usability alone is worth it. Probably better than an iPad.

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RE: Definitely Want
by kragil on Sat 6th Mar 2010 00:20 in reply to "Definitely Want"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

It will be the same locked down crap. I don't want.

And I don't think a two page design is good for reading just because real book have two pages. One page suits my needs for reading more.

My bet will be on the Notion Ink Adam. I want Pixel Qi and I don't want to clip websites with a pen. I want to read my PDFs.

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RE[2]: Definitely Want
by helf on Sat 6th Mar 2010 14:18 in reply to "RE: Definitely Want"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

Then you are obviously not part of the target market :p

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RE: Definitely Want
by graigsmith on Sat 6th Mar 2010 02:46 in reply to "Definitely Want"
graigsmith Member since:
2006-04-05

if it works exactly like this, then it's way better than an ipad.it's so cool i want one.

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RE: Definitely Want
by Tony Swash on Sun 7th Mar 2010 01:28 in reply to "Definitely Want"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

Oh yeah .. I'm definitely getting one of these when it comes out. Usability alone is worth it. Probably better than an iPad.


Its a tough choice isn't it.

On the one hand there is the iPad - an actual device with a set of known specifications, the result of years of careful development (overseen by the most obsessive perfectionist in the business) which will launch with an office suit of programmes designed from the ground up to run on a touch interface and a 150,000 other applications already available (with lots more in the pipeline).

On the other hand a piece of Microsoft vapourware (from its special research facility Wearedesperate Labs located in down town Wedonthaveaclue) which is only currently available in cartoon form, has an unknown but already apparently shrinking set of specs, and which has no applications available.

Tough call ;)

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RE[2]: Definitely Want
by BluenoseJake on Sun 7th Mar 2010 17:04 in reply to "RE: Definitely Want"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

On the one hand there is the iPad - an actual device with a set of known specifications, the result of years of careful development


Really??? It takes years of development to say. Take an ipod touch, and make it bigger?

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RE[2]: Definitely Want
by Neolander on Mon 8th Mar 2010 08:22 in reply to "RE: Definitely Want"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Well... I used to want an iPad when it wasn't out.

I looked for something to carry around and read the huge amount of PDF I get in college. Said PDF being transferred by drag and drop in a file explorer, not through some SSH nonsense.
For something which would work with my Linux computer like the simplest noname usb pen around.
Which would include a useful home screen allowing one to get agenda information with a single look and organize applications in folders instead of having to browse a lot of cluttered pages.
Something which would allow me, on my spare time, to browse the web and write mails based on what I read through copying and pasting text from the web to mails.
Something which would allow me to listen to a webradio when doing all that.

Apple killed my dreams by shipping the iPad with iPhoneOS.

So now I look at Courier and think it's way more interesting that a device that has already proven to be bundled with a stupid and dictatorial OS, because at the moment I'm not *sure* that it will be such a deception.

Though choice, as you said ;)

Edited 2010-03-08 08:32 UTC

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RE: Definitely Want
by Chicken Blood on Sun 7th Mar 2010 04:52 in reply to "Definitely Want"
Chicken Blood Member since:
2005-12-21

Oh yeah .. I'm definitely getting one of these when it comes out. Usability alone is worth it. Probably better than an iPad.


It's only on nerd forums where people actually try to discern 'usability' from screenshots and promotional videos.

If we are going by looks alone, MS certainly seemed to have thought outside the box and are pushing something fresh, new and informal. I commend them for that.

…but that has nothing to do with usability.

The iPad promotional videos on the other hand, show a workflow that is consistent with an established platform and with some conformance to some basic usability principals.

1) Clearly labelled exits.
2) Always let the user know where they are.

This is noticeably absent from the Courier video. The user seems to miraculously always get to the content they need immediately with some non-discoverable gesture.
I'm sure that if and when this is more concrete than a marketing video, MS will have something much more conforming visually, but at least learnable. Until then, it's funny to see how many people see a bit of MS Comic Sans* used and interpret it as the second coming in usability.

*Substitute your favorite "fun" font.

Edited 2010-03-07 04:54 UTC

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