Back in January we posted about the coming slew of tablets that were slated to hit the market. Now, heading into the holiday season, nearly 11 months later, it’s interesting to see where things stand. Just looking at my favorite source of tablet news, Goodreader.com, there are pages of announcements and reviews of new devices in the last week alone.
When I wrote the original article back in January, the iPad was still just a rumor, lumped in with a bunch of other “in development” products. Now, in just the first two quarters of the year, the iPad has generated nearly $5 billion in new revenue for Apple. This number is continuing to grow as Apple rolls out the device to a broader global market this week and US-based AT&T and Verizon start selling it in the US.
Another project we mentioned back in January was the joint Microsoft/HP tablet, theCourier. It looked promising, but was killed off in April by HP due to power hungry Intel hardware and dissatisfaction with Windows 7 performance as a tablet OS. The new HP tablet, the Slate 500, was announced last week. It still features Windows 7 but opted for a more powerful Intel Atom processor and a slew of new features.