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February 07, 2011

Motorola - Tablet evolution

(via Quotulatiousness)

The Motorola Xoom tablet powered by Google’s tablet-specific Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) topped the polls and was named the best gadget at CES 2011. Well done, Motorola.

That said, I am frankly baffled by the selection of tablets on the market. No matter what I search, my Amazon ad links default to "Motorola tablet". This suggests something about what Amazon wants us to look at but what relation this has to what works is anyone's guess.

Given the dominance of the iPad and the fact I work in the design industry I had thought to finally give in and go with Apple. But given Apple's tendency to ringfence their products to the point of diminishing their interoperability with my existing work flow, it is still a tough sell. Unlike my Mac enthusiast friends, I am after a working tablet not a marker of my identity/paper weight. Unfortunately, my brand loyalty to HP would seem particularly ill advised given their early forays into the tablet market and, more troubling yet, Google's Android platform appears to be having teething issues across the board.

My hypothetical tablet should be able to open .pdf files and talk to my desktop via USB and/or WiFi. It would not hurt if the thing go negotiate the internet reasonably painlessly. Ideally, my hypothetical tablet will also have the power to run a few RAM intensive VST plug ins for a DAW setup I could take with me on the road.

But the main thing I am after is a gadget that can open CBR files and a big enough screen that I can lay back on the couch and read comic books.

(I would say suggestions and insights are welcome but my comment system is still down for the count. Apologies.)

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 7, 2011 05:48 AM