Saturday, January 9, 2010

2010 will be the year of the mini slate tablet

2009 was the year of the netbook.
2010 appears like it will be the year of the mini slate tablet.
  • There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the Apple tablet (iSlate).
  • HP unveiled a small slate at CES.
  • Lenovo revealed the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid (slate + keyboard)
  • Archos has been getting people excited about their Archos 9 PCtablet.
So, will these slate tablet gain momentum in 2010? I think that we're going to see this happen as more consumers embrace digital book readers like the Kindle, Nook, and QUE. People will become more comfortable with the idea of holding a slate in their hands and navigating that device using touch-screen gestures. Many health care professionals are already comfortable with the tablet PC form factor. Now, this comfort level will grow and expand as more physicians use touch-screen smartphones and recognize the value of always having access to a small mobile computer.

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