Will tablet computers finally matter?
Jan 08, 2010, 21:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"For all the hype about the rumored Apple Tablet, the
'will they or won't they' about Microsoft's Courier tablet, and a
host of real tablet-announcements such as Lenovo's IdeaPad U1 and
the Dell's still unnamed slate, everyone seems to have forgotten
one tiny, little fact. Tablets have been around forever and they've
never, ever lived up to their buzz.
"For those of you with short-memories, Go Corp., back in 1987
was the first company to really try to get tablet-based computing
off the ground. It quickly crashed. Then, in 1993, Apple tried to
make a go of pen/tablet-based computing with the Newton. It
flopped. In the meantime, Microsoft started toying with the idea of
a dedicated tablet in 2000. Guess what happened to all its plans?
Yeah, they all pretty much came to nothing too."