Friday, February 26, 2010

Dell's tablet gunning for Apple's iPad

Say the words "tablet computer" and ten bucks says it's Apple's iPad that springs to mind or so says But that doesn't mean other companies aren't busy building their own version of a touch-enabled, multimedia-sporting, slab of portable computing goodness.

Dell's first effort at a tablet will be the Mini 5 (a name that is still in beta) -- a slice of plastic and glass with a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen that according to Michael Dell will debut "in a couple of months."

The Mini 5 will sport a 5-megapixel camera on the back, a separate front-facing camera that can be used for video conferencing, a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1-GHz processor. (source

Wow, I am seeing a pattern here, PC’s may become old school. However I will not be getting rid of mine anytime soon :). Looks like the iPad will have some competition, let’s see if Dell is going to jump into the Cloud and offer applications for the device. I imagine that Google will offer its app store as the Mini 5 runs a version on Android. Looks like battle of the Cloud devices is starting up. Reminds me of the days when Atari, Commodore, Apple, and Amiga were getting into the PC world –remember software will make or break a [computing] platform.

Who would have ever though that every corporate desk/work area would have a PC on it back in the late 70’s/very early 80’s? The terminal/mainframe was king. Looks like the desktop Paradigm is changing.

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