How The Public Sees The Tablet Market

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I sit here in my bitter puddle of spite, unable to buy an iPad.

And yet, at heart, that’s even how I view things.

Sorry to whoever did the original cartoon. It’s floated around the Internet so much, there’s no way to trace ownership. Fair Use, Parody clause of Copyright Act invoked. You are a genius, by the way.

Update: Bad contrast on my screen made the Copyright notice near-invisible until someone else pointed it out to me. The genius is Asher Sarlin. He has other cartoons at his website.

Update 2: And here is a link to the brilliant original. From 2004!


Filed under iOS, Other Hardware

8 responses to “How The Public Sees The Tablet Market

  1. Good post Mike. Did you get my Tweet on the updated Kindle App for the iPad? They solved the problem of the glaring screen by offering a light brown background or the piercing white one. I have both a Kindle and now an iPad and I can tell you the glare from the iPad is gone with the new Kindle App. Not so with the iBook on iPad. Same night time reading horror. Kindle for novels, novellas and iPad for Textbooks, PDF’s and Journals (oh yeah and dancing cheerleaders and new age dinosaurs :).

    • mikecane

      I did see your tweet but needed the info you just provided to make sense of it. Interesting that they offered at least one different background. It could use a variety of such schemes, which the NookColor offers built-in.

  2. Actually, the artist has his URL in tiny grey text on the bottom of the picture, to the left of the sad dude’s table:

    • mikecane

      Yes, someone with a better screen pointed it out to me and I’ve updated the post 2x with the necessary info. I miss a lot when things are put in light gray text!

  3. Ravi

    I’ll admit to being unusual, but that’s not how I view things. From my perspective, the iPad isn’t an acceptable tablet (even leaving aside future functionality concerns like Kindle and other apps, which would already be deal-breakers).

    Why else? Here are 3 reasons:

    1. No Firefox and, in particular, no decent Firefox Sync support (the crippled iOS app doesn’t count). I’ve wanted sync across multiple browsers for so long that I’ve been trying Mozilla Weave alphas and betas for years (not to mention exploring alternative solutions like Foxmarks). I used to only care about multiple desktop browsers, but now mobile browsers matter too. Firefox is the only browser I know of that has full-featured sync – including tabs, history and two-way sync from mobile browsers.

    2. Good handwriting / note-taking / stylus support. I’ve wanted this badly enough that I seriously considered buying a Tablet PC back in the day. As I recall, the note-taking wasn’t good enough and the overall cost/value tradeoff didn’t work out, but it took a while to come to that conclusion. It is possible the iPad is “good enough” here (there are third party handwriting / stylus solutions), but I’m at least a little skeptical. Apple isn’t driving the handwriting story and the level of integration I want is going to require at least some significant OS integration.

    3. This is a recent addition, but Amazon Cloud Player support is a must. I’ve wanted a cloud music solution since Having streamable and downloadable music “in the cloud” makes it so much cheaper and easier to own and listen to. And if I have cloud music at Amazon, I’d better be able to get at it on my tablet (which is part of the point, after all).

    I’ll add that I don’t have high expectations for whatever “cloud music” services Apple and Google come up with. They’ve gone down the path of appeasing the labels, and we’ve seen that doesn’t end well. Amazon (because of their unique position) made the right call to push forward without consulting the labels and suspect that is going to lock in a significant advantage for them for quite some time.

    Naturally, having come this far it is pretty clear what tablet I’m thinking about. Hopefully HTC will get it right (this time or in the next iteration).

    • mikecane

      The best HWR engine is owned by Microsoft. They bought Calligrapher for Pocket PC years ago.

      EDIT: Hmmm… myabe they didn’t buy it. I think they got an exclusive license.

      Edit 2: See this:

      • Ravi

        Interesting, I hadn’t seen WritePad. I’ve been more focused on the HTC Flyer with the custom stylus and active digitizer (since the starting with increased accuracy story made sense to me).

        That being said, WritePad turns out to underline why the iPad isn’t an acceptable tablet and an Android tablet could be. WritePad for iPad is an app, which is nice. WritePad for Android is also a keyboard alternative, which makes it much more useful.

        Keyboard integration and the active digitizer are the sorts of things I’m talking about when I say that Apple’s lack of involvement in handwriting recognition is a significant drawback.

      • mikecane

        >>>WritePad for Android is also a keyboard alternative, which makes it much more useful.

        Ah, I didn’t know that. That would make it very interesting indeed combined with the HTC Flyer! Keep us posted.

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