We pick up in the war after the CrunchPad came and went, various ‘tablets’ from other manufactures have taken up position on the field.  Apples iPad is the first heavy into battle, and with great surprise, not to much effect.  The general reception to the iPad has been even at best.  Now comes Googles tablet, or Gpad, or Gslate. (I really cannot see GPad after the ribbing iPad has taken). It basically looks just like the iPad except for one thing. Its running Chrome!  Funny, i would have figured Android.

Now lets take all this with a grain of salt, its conceptual and so far I have not seen anything to make me jump at the moment.  So in regards to our war, the Google Tablet is still at home base, and until it joins the field, the battle ground is still Apples to define.

Here is a shot with the keyboard at full screen…

Check out this video on the tablet..

3 comments on “Googles new Tablet is the first counterstrike to Apples opening shot

  • Interesting video, but from a pad/slate perspective, it would be a terrible UI.

    1) The keyboard apparently fits the application window you are typing in. That's just a bad idea, people complain about Apples keyboard try and use one that changes size and location on you. User friendly? no.

    2.) Multiple windows. Take a look at the size of the hands on that demo, that slate looks like it has about a 18 inch screen. May be a good ui from a table top interface but in a small portable device? Once again no.

    I think the design decisions that Apple made were, for the most part, good. I think they big problem is how to present multi-taking applications in a coherent way and how to present updates from those applications in an intelligent and useful manner. I personally imagine their cover flow idea used with application screen shots and an update bar that would allow you to see and maybe perform simple controls from a small centralized applet bar. (Player controls for iTunes, message notifications from you IM)

    Saying all that, I'm still skeptical about the iPads success. I think people have a vastly different anticipation of what a device can do that has a keyboard and looks like a computer compared to a small device that they hold in their hand.

  • I updated the post with another screenshot with the larger keyboard, but I think you have some good points here..

    I think the rumored superPad will deal with mutli-tasking, but if this iPad is just an iphone made bigger, which it seems, then that means it can be jailbroke, which means we can run tasks in the background.

    I do like the cover flow idea too. And the fact a keyboard can exist within a window could be useful. I'm not sure we would have to have a full size keyboard all the time.

    And again I agree that the iPad will have limited success. I talk about that more here.. http://www.perivision.net/wordpress/?p=2581
    However, I COULD really see it as a remote desktop device. Set up VNC and be able to control a desktop from anywhere in the house? That could be really powerful right there. Now I think you can get VNC without jailbreak, but I will have to check on that. So if the price goes down to say $300, or I can get it used for that price, then it could be a winner. Will be interesting.

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