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New Dell 7in & 10in Tablet Photos Reveal iPad Influence

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New Dell 7in & 10in Tablet Photos Reveal iPad Influence

Love or hate the iPad, there's no denying its influence...

Just three months after Dell unveiled its Streak Android tablet to the world at CES, images have leaked showing off enlarged 7in and 10in models looking decidedly similar to *cough* Cupertino designs.

We know little about the new models other than we won't get the 7 incher before late 2010 and the 10in could be as far off as 2011 which will have Apple laughing its socks off. Naturally enough Dell has refused to confirm the products saying to engadget "Dell continually develops and tests new products that extend the mobile experience. We have not made any product announcements and do not comment on speculation, rumor or unannounced products." Which is about as useful as a chocolate fireguard. That said Dell also has security about as effective as a chocolate fireguard so I'd suggest the leak is bang on the money.

Consequently I'll make a few well educated guesses: multi-touch, Android - possibly Windows 7, optional 3G and SSDs. By which time we'll be saying "nice, but it might be worth waiting to see what Apple does with its second generation iPad"...

And so the endless upgrade cycle begins again...

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Via engadget

AndyR

April 19, 2010, 6:08 am

Once again Apple inovates while the rest follow.

GoldenGuy

April 19, 2010, 7:00 am

That's the way the industry likes it though. They wait for Apple to test the market for them and then cash in.

Hubert Richard

April 19, 2010, 7:55 am

Indeed there is always the pioneer and hence known as such. However in order to be the pioneer the conviction that their product will conquer the hearts of the mass and the capability to produce and launch such product is the most important factor. Apple must be applauded for launching an idea, which has failed many times before, smack in the middle of a recovering economy. This is also proof of the conviction and belief of Apple fanbois that they place on Steve Jobs.


Can we now start thinking in terms on placing Jobs on an ad-hoc plateau and call him the Tech World&#8217s messiah?


I think it is indeed amazing...

Drazisaurus

April 19, 2010, 12:47 pm

and may the lawsuits begin :(

Aero

April 19, 2010, 12:55 pm

It's got a screen. With a bezel surrounding it. Did Apple innovate that?

Carnex

April 19, 2010, 1:13 pm

I really cant see where Apple innovated during last 10 years. C'mon, people. They always refined what other people did already.


Diamond RIO came way before iPod


Touchscreen smartphones were here forever before iPhone (although i would hardly call firs iPhone refining of anything besides the UI)


Tablets were here before too. Microsoft was pushing them for quite some time dropping them just last year! And Chinese were selling them, i iPad style, for some 2 years already.


Get your facts right people.

TechnicPuppet

April 19, 2010, 1:14 pm

Sold

OpenSauce

April 19, 2010, 2:31 pm

At times, it's not too hard to detect fanboyism and sarcasm in product reviews and previews. it's a shame we don't get in-depth technical review anymore without fanboyism attached.

scotw

April 19, 2010, 2:34 pm

@Carnex, well that's not the full story. Sure tablets were here before, but they were horrible bulky, expensive devices lumbered with running full Windows OS that was not necessary. Where Apple innovated is by producing a lighter OS, which is light enough for tablets, coupled with an excellent touch interface and a capable browser.





Sure they did not invent hard disk MP3 players or tablets, but they did innovate in ways that allowed these devices to become usable and popular. That's still innovation.





Personally, I think Android tablets are probably the best potential competitor to the ipad, not full Windows7 ones.

Spunjji

April 19, 2010, 3:05 pm

@Carnex: You obviously don't get it - this is just like the time Apple invented the modern windowed GUI interface, before the cruel time-travelling engineers at Xerox PARC stole the designs and took them back to the 1970s. Tragic stuff indeed.





Of course, the public misconception that Apple did everything first (bar the Newton, whoops) is a credit to their elite marketing squadron.

Spunjji

April 19, 2010, 3:11 pm

@scotw - Right on the money, for the most part. I'd argue that the iPad is more a refinement than an innovation, but the iPhone OS itself definitely fits under the category of innovation. Well, it did when it was in the iPhone, at any rate.





@BestofMAC_Win_Linux - To whom is this fanboy status being applied? If you're claiming it's in the article itself, please read the thousands of comments whining about bias /against/ the iPad in all the other articles, and then disconnect yourself from the internet. If not, please ignore me and go about your daily business.

TechnicPuppet

April 19, 2010, 3:49 pm

Apple's main innovation is in marketing and media manipulation. They can sell anything these days, no matter how bad it is.





Take any Apples failure from the past. release it tomorrow and it will be a success. Or take the iPad, keep everything else the exact same, change the badge to HP, knock £100 off it, how would it sell?

jopey

April 19, 2010, 4:28 pm

Once again, Apple creates a product that deliberately withholds it's best features for Gen3 of the device... and third parties move to provide them first.





This Dell 10incher with Android multitasking, a widescreen display and some USB ports is WAAAYYYYY more useful to me that the ipad. The ipad is basically just a gaming device at this point, that's the only place where apple has a significant advantage over Android.

GoldenGuy

April 19, 2010, 4:40 pm

Agreed on all counts scotw.

Carnex

April 19, 2010, 5:01 pm

@Scot


First iPod was piece of crap. Sound was horrible and it was barely usable. marketing camagin SOLD IT. I remember that clearly. At the time i had walkman and when I compared it to iPod it was clear to me that there is no reason whatsoever to change the train.





First iPhone lacked many features of middle range phones at the time it came out and had bad signal reception and transmission. Worse then cheapest models from other established brands. marketing made it a must have accessory.





MacBooks are great pieces of hardware. Os is usable and easy to understand. JUST AS WELL PUT TOGETHER PC laptop but at twice the price as PC laptop. Today Windows is not harder to use on level that people are using their Macs. And with ounce of effort you will avoid malware. But marketing made it a must have.





iPad... there are lots of reports of problems with iPad but its really to early to say anything definitive. On the other hand for 1/2 or 1/3 of price you can get NetBook with 10" wide screen. its even more usable. Only problem is that you are not cool because it's not Apple.





Really Apple products are put together REALLY well, after few attempts that fail but still sell truckloads, but ALWAYS overpriced beyond any reason. Then again Joe Average doesn't thing. He looks at commercials and lets marketing departments do the thinking for him.





Oh, and in the end let me mention that i dislike Windows as OS just as much as I dislike what Apple does. But still facts are facts and i posted them here.





This site is more then slightly pro Apple but I don't really take that against them. It's what they are. They are honest about them self at least.

jopey

April 19, 2010, 5:50 pm

Apple's innovation is to get you excited for what might be possible with their new device irrespective of whether or not they will ALLOW such functionality on that particular model.

DrDark

April 19, 2010, 5:51 pm

Cool. Let's bring up the whole "Creative invented the Click Wheel and Apple stole it" point too.





I'm getting tired of reading 20+ posts on every Apple thread though. Can't we just have one big forum thread (a place I never go anyway) marked "Shout about Apple in here"?





Just to be clear in case my opening statement confused anyone: I still hate Apple and wish they'd roll over and die.


Unfortunately, competition is necessary to get the other lot to do better. And most of them have disappointed recently.

Keithe6e

April 19, 2010, 6:42 pm

@Carnex: First iPod was piece of crap.





Never had one myself, used to use creative. But if you really think a company can sell cr*p and continue to do so well, your severely deluded. It doesn't matter if product X does this better or that better, doesn't matter how much you patronise the general public, if Apple created cr*p then this so called "dumb market driven general public" wouldn't buy it. And if you really believe it's just market hype and clever advertising that's at the centre of all this, then surely Sony/Toshiba etc are making a big mistake, maybe they should create cr*p Hardware/Software and invest in clever advertising instead.





I personally believe Apple don't make one aspect of a product great, but rather make the whole echo system surrounding it a much more pleasurable experience, and this is were all other manufactures are failing.





@drdark: I still hate Apple and wish they'd roll over and die





Is that statement contradicting the next :)


Like has being pointed out numerous times before, love or hate Apple the one thing it has done is make other manufactures move there expectations. If Apple had just rolled over and died, do you think HTC etc would be were it is now?

Carnex

April 19, 2010, 8:30 pm

@Keith


All it takes is to look around you to notice how much crap people buy on daily basics. Food. Drinks. Clothes. Electronics. Books. Everything. They even know it's poorly made, it will not last and it's bad for them but they either can not resist the commercials or do not care about that at all.


Counter proofs to your statement are all around you. You don't need to try hard to search for them. You just have to look around.

scotw

April 19, 2010, 8:34 pm

"@Scot


First iPod was piece of crap. Sound was horrible and it was barely usable"





My first was a 2nd generation, not a first, but where they innovated was the fantasticly simple process of getting your music and playlists from your computer to this new music device. It was very usable, that was part of its appeal and the reason they could charge such a high price. They have continued to innovate in this space, which is why they do so well, compare an ipod touch to an ipod to get an idea of what has been achieved.





All that said, I have an android phone, not an iphone :-)





I have both Mac & PC so I try to stay balanced, but the ipod was far from rubbish.

Keithe6e

April 19, 2010, 9:19 pm

@Carnex: Counter proofs to your statement are all around you.





Nope, market forces are all around me. I'm pretty sure if Heinz decided to make there baked beans taste like elephant poo they wouldn't be the market leader. You might believe the original IPods was cr*p, but it appears there were a lot of people who liked there IPods, and I'm pretty sure is was not down to media brainwashing.

Jevans

April 19, 2010, 9:32 pm

@Carnex


I think you're giving the marketing a bit to much credit. What Apple does well is make products the average consumer can sit down and use. 500 features the average joe can't figure out mean nothing to them. I think having a product that is easy enough to use that does the job well enough is just about right for most...

DrDark

April 19, 2010, 9:36 pm

@Keith: No, it doesn't contradict the next. The "next" was the "but..." to that paragraph. It also answered the question you posted at the end of yours, so I'm not sure what your point was.





P.S. Carnex did a good job, but I'll save my breath and summarise in one word: cigarettes.

rav

April 19, 2010, 10:15 pm

@Gordon


When you say look similar they're bloody tablets for god's sake! A screen with a bezel and varying amounts of buttons doesn't leave much room for differentiation.





Apple obviously make good products but the marketing definitely plays a huge part. At any rate the ads must help towards sustatining the high prices and amazing profit margins!





Lots of companies make great products that aren't big hits due to the poor marketing.

Andy C 1

April 19, 2010, 11:21 pm

@Spunjji Yes, that's right. No other company in the whole world has a marketing department. Only Apple.

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