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Tech World Finally Gets Its 'iTablet'

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Tech World Finally Gets Its 'iTablet'

For years it had been thought that Apple would announced the 'iTablet', but instead we got the - ridiculously named iPad - so why should anyone pass up such a heavily hyped brand?

Consequently, UK company X2 has finally give the world its 'iTablet' and in the process done what many hoped Apple had planned in the first place: create a tablet with minimal bezel and full desktop OS combined with multi-touch.

The formula couldn't be more simple: the choice of a 10.2in or 12.1in widescreen capacitive display, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Tablet or Linux OSes (so there will be support for Flash and an onscreen keyboard), an Intel 1.6GHz CPU, 250GB of storage using a standard, upgradeable 2.5in HDD, stereo speakers, three USB ports, a 1.3MP webcam, WiFi and optional HDMI and integrated 3G.

Question marks? Well, despite filling in the majority of obvious gaps in the iPad, the iTablet is still a tablet and therefore 252 x 192 x 35mm and 1.18Kg doesn't make the device any more portable than a netbook and it is far less practical. We also await pricing and battery life info, though can tell you the line will be available in a range of solid and metallic colours including white, grey, pink, blue, red, yellow and black.

In all then, a nice idea but - like all tablets - the good stuff (namely looks and theory), appear to be outweighed by the reality (impractical and little smaller than a netbook or ultraportable). Call it a hunch, but I also suspect the iTablet will be little cheaper. Still, nice try...

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Stelph

February 5, 2010, 9:21 pm

I predict a fail, as has already been shown a full desktop OS on a tablet PC doesnt work. Annoyingly Microsoft has already got it right in concepts (look at the microsoft courier), they just have to follow up with a released product/new operating software!

Max

February 5, 2010, 9:26 pm

Wow! With Win7 this would be sweet.





Hopefully the market takes off and these guys do well...

Kaurisol

February 5, 2010, 10:04 pm

Well, I've had a Toshiba tablet PC for a number of years, and I find that I pretty well never use it as a tablet, but as a laptop. I, for one, won't be bothering with a tablet PC again any time soon. I find that for serious work (documents, spreadsheets, diagrams, presentations etc.) I really need a keyboard as it's so much quicker. It's only for things that don't need much input (like browsing the web) that the tablet comes in handy - but even then I'm more likely to use the keyboard.





Mind you though - I also prefer the N900 because it's got a physical keyboard. In both cases I find that the on-screen keyboard takes up too much of the screen for my liking.

Tim Sutton

February 5, 2010, 10:28 pm

It looks a rather more logical device than the iPad, but like Gordon I just don't understand this entire form factor.





You still need a bag to carry it, you need two hands to hold it, you need an external keyboard or you're sacrificing screen real estate and typing speed, it's far too underpowered to compete with a laptop and far too big to compete with smartphones.. what's the point of it exactly?





From henceforth I dub this whole product sector the iFad, and retire gracefully from the scene.

xbrumster

February 5, 2010, 10:30 pm

nice try.





Wonder how multitouch would work on IE in win xp - anyone would choose xp over 7 nowadays? Suprised that they're not using win7 in the promo pic.





If i had the choice (saying both free) I would go for ipad for home use and iTablet for business. Dont think win7 is matured enough for touch interface, will certainly have a better user exp on the ipad - not to mention thounds of useless games to kill time with and another thounds of useless apps at my expense.





impressed but without a dedicated UI, I would choose a netbook over this.

xenos

February 5, 2010, 10:52 pm

Looks pretty sweet, the major problem is that XP or 7 just aren't built for use on a tablet, the on screen keyboard would be a pain in the arse after about 2 minutes?

Ryan131

February 5, 2010, 11:15 pm

Uhhh... xenos? 7 *is* built for use on a tablet.





http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u...





Specifically, a multi-touch tablet!

Joneb1999

February 5, 2010, 11:59 pm

The potential selling points these tablets have over netbooks is in a plane, train or bus with a seat in front if designed to they could attach to the seat back and leave your lap entirely free and you can sit back comfortably instead of leaning over your notebook keyboard. Also a great technology for these devices would be a gesture keyboard built around technology similar to project natal and which will be multi touch free if you see what I mean. The reason for this technology is so you can simply plonk the tablet upright say on your coffee able or on a cafe table and be able to relax back in your chair and not have to even lean across to the tablet to touch the screen. It may sound unuseable but I think gesture keyboards will eventually be introduced anyway in the near future and will work alot better than some may be able to imagine right now. I can see all the smart alec commenst coming my way now. lol

xenos

February 6, 2010, 12:19 am

Pictures please! Or even better a video, that shows you nothing about the interface..

Ben

February 6, 2010, 6:06 am

Well done for giving these guys a megaphone. Fortunately no amount of free media is going to make this thing fly :)

Ptit Ben

February 6, 2010, 1:48 pm

I think it is an interesting idea but you have to consider how you would use it. I know it's not smaller or lighter than a netbook or else, but does everybody needs a physical keyboard? Isn't it what we all said with the beginning of smartphones with on-screen keyboards? What are we using now? (personally, a HTC Magic...)





There are drawbacks of course, the weight needs to be reduced for one, but not the size (otherwise, it's called a phone, as others already have stated).





Once again, I think we should consider the use of it. I don't see it as a business tablet (though when like me, you're often in factories taking notes, it could prove useful) but more as a browsing internet, chat and (limited) gaming.

xbrumster

February 6, 2010, 3:17 pm

Amtek iTablet - it's been repackaged as it turns out and everyone totally ignored it the first time it was launched a few years ago.





@xenos, interface? your day-to-day windows. Or you can pop into currys/pc world and check out HP's touch screen thingy.

Joneb1999

February 6, 2010, 7:53 pm

Guys you will need to screen save these posts so you can have a laugh at whose wrong or right in the future, the cynics or the visionaries.

ffrankmccaffery

February 7, 2010, 7:52 pm

Like the tampon this tablet will fail due to its considerable (and greater) weight. A laptop can at least be rested on a surface to alleviate the strain caused from constantly holding it up.


Unlike the tampon however this tablet at least offers you to opportunity to run the vast array of genuine software already available for Windows unlike the glorified webpages on it's alternative.

gingerbreadman85

February 7, 2010, 11:54 pm

ffrankmccaffery, you might need to work on that analogy a little bit!





TBH, if i cant fit it in my pocket, it doesn't make sense over my notebook. Currently running a MBP 13" after a yr with a EEE PC netbook. Sure it doesn't have multi touch, but it's mobile, got good battery life, and decent performance. Anything i can't fit in my pocket means i have to have a backpack, which means i might as well carry a notebook over a tablet!

Badbob

February 8, 2010, 1:02 am

I would certainly be more interested in this than the iPad. I think we'd be better having 9 or 10 inch colour e-ink displays for books and papers and webpages and netbooks with keyboards with LCD screens, with those screens that move to enable tablet operation if you want.

ffrankmccaffery

February 8, 2010, 2:40 pm

@gingerbreadman85: it wasn't intended to me an analogy to a womens sanitary towel but rather a play on words. However given the mentality of many of the Macheads on here it could possibly be stretched to one.


@Badbob: I'm also interested in the wider adoption of E-Ink by manufacturers to use on other devices given the nascent progress in battery technology.

MonkeyAxman

February 8, 2010, 3:45 pm

An interesting article that. I think I agree with Gordon on this though, tablets are kind of pointless. Netbooks are far more practical and for the sort of "home use" you would get out of the iTablet or the iPad slightly souped up eReaders would be better.





I would comment on his dislike of the iPad name though. At first I thought it a silly name but after further thought I think its actually genius. Apple renamed the MP3 player to the iPod, most people now think of an iPod before they think of an MP3 player. The concept of a tablet PC and the iTablet is something known only to the tech savvy among us and what Apple are doing is branding their "tablet" as the iPad making it instantly recognizable and distinguishable to everyone as an Apple product. Soon, whether you like it or not, the questions will be; "Oh, is that another iPad clone then?".





Just to clarify, not an Apple fan, don't own a single Apple product and I love Gordon's comment on the iPad post about the iPad being as useful as a chocolate teapot! Or something similar, lol.





Monkey

Jay V

February 8, 2010, 7:03 pm

I have to say that the iTablet has been around for some time, this particular unit (Europe known PaceBlade SlimBook A120) was launched in 2003 - That's 7 YEARS!. The PaceBlade SlimBook (now in its 200 series)is nothing new to the market and is nowhere intended for the average Netbook user. However, I guess Apple and their unique marketing are now bring the masses on-board and the inevitable "what do I need a tablet for" argument will arise even though if you ask that question you don't need one.





This was and still is a very nicely engineered Tablet PC taht has been improved over a umber of years.

xbrumster

February 8, 2010, 7:51 pm

yeah.. 3d tv is coming whether u like it or not. so is tablet. how long they gonna stay? we'll see.

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