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.
It’s hard to describe what the Courier really is supposed to be – it’s two screens with a hinge in the middle, and it is operated through a combination of pen and finger input. Courier’s UI ideas are interesting, to say the least, but it doesn’t look particularly easy or straightforward to learn. Not that you hear me complaining about that, though; the first time I played Dragon Age I was overwhelmed by all of it as well, and now, in my second playthrough, I’m a master at everything.
And it’s totally worth it.
Anyway, what does Engadget have to tell us? First, that a very reliable and trustworthy source tells them that Courier is real, and could arrive in “Q3/Q4″ of this year. It’s under an inch thick, and when closed, about the size of a 5″x7” photo. It will be powered by Tegra 2, and run the same operating system as Windows Phone 7 Series, i.e., Windows CE 6.0. It’ll have a camera and a headphone jack for media playback. The Courier will also be Microsoft’s e-book platform – its form factor is ideal for that, obviously.
Let me stress, though, that this is all rumour, and I’ll believe it when I see it. Interestingly enough, there’s a whole new set of photos and concept videos, and they’re just as intriguing as the first one. The videos are embedded below, the photos are available over at Engadget.
If this thing doesn’t get your nerd on, then please leave this website. If this doesn’t make you go WANT WANT WANT, then you have no business being here. Begone!
Oh yeah .. I’m definitely getting one of these when it comes out. Usability alone is worth it. Probably better than an iPad.