Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Much like how the iPhone revolutionized the smartphone (remember life before he iPhone? Me neither...) creating a digital 1up-manship among mobile handset developers, it looks like he iPad is doing the same. Much like how stiff competition benefits the consumer best, creating new toys that continually impress our geek senses, and depress our bank accounts. I can't wait to see what comes of this race to the tablet.
One non SJ approved piece of tech that caught my eye was the Toshiba DS-err- the Toshiba Liberto. It's a dual screen tablet that folds in a clamshell much like a Nintendo DS. Both screen are touch sensitive and you can even drag items from one screen to the next. The Liberto runs on a touch optimized version of Windows 7 and features an Intel U5400 processor with 2 massive GB of RAM and a 62 GB SSD. Where it differs from the iPad (aside from the dual screen) is that there is one USB 2.0 port, a 1 megapixel front facing camera, and a micro SD card reader. Now I know Apple wants their handheld gateway to be pretty much just the 30 pin proprietary USB cable, but some form of expandable memory could e tend the life of a device, while most of the congregation of the Church of Steve Jobs is happy to buy the new model each year at refresh (like me) but for the geeks that wants something with a longer than 12 month life span, this NDS for grown ups might be the one for you.
Story from Ubergizmo