tablets stories

 
Microsoft's two-screen Courier concept tablet had a lot of promise. Hailed as a "digital journal" — a device with an unlimited amount of digital pages built for keeping note scraps, doodles — anything really. Regrettably, the concept never made it into production, canned in light of the iPad's runaway success. The Taposé project wants to revive the ideas from the Courier and bring them to the iPad.
 
Defying the recent setbacks in domestic technology component manufacturing, Japan's Sony has just announced its own entry into the newly competitive tablet space. Dubbed the PC S2 and PC S1, and powered by Google's Android operating system 3.0, the devices offer two different takes on the tablet category.
 
Back in my day, a tablet was a tablet and an e-reader was an e-reader, and you could easily tell the difference just by looking at them. Well, looks like those whipper snappers over at Apple weren't content to leave it that way: they've gone and patented a hybrid screen that marries the tablet's LCD to the e-reader's e-ink display.
 
"Have you seen the lines at the box office!" exclaimed Roger De Bris, the FAB-ulous director of the play-within-The Producers, Springtime for Hitler. "It's an avalanche! It's a torrent! It's the biggest hit on Broadway!" Well, not Broadway literally, but the iPad 2 is producing lines, sell-outs and now shipment delays in the face of nearly unprecedented sales. When I sauntered to the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan at around 4pm last Friday afternoon to buy mine, I was shocked to find the line had snaked completely around the block. Why was I shocked? iPad was available in literally 10 times the number of locations than last year's original, but the lines were still longer this time. Why the avalanche and torrent? I have a theory!
 
While ordering my weekly supply of bagels and lox at my local kosher-style deli, Andrew, one of the managers with whom I am acquainted (we're fellow Met fans, God help us) asked me an odd question. He'd heard about the new iPad 2 and wanted to know if any of the other tablet PCs he had heard of were "better." Over the next few weeks and months, the tech and mainstream media will try their best to answer that question. They'll make a big deal how this tablet is less or more expensive than iPad/iPad 2, how it's got better or worse this or that specs, more of this or that input jack, that it does X or Y better or worse, how the operating systems are easier or harder or more or less intuitive, etc. This is all nonsense. You cannot compare the iPad to any other tablet. Find out why after the jump.

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