It’s pretty obvious by now that I’m not that that much of a fan of the iPad, given how much I criticize the damned thing over at Gadzooki. But honestly, I might not like the iPad, but I am a big fan of the concept. My dislike for the iPad stems from mostly hardware concerns, but for the most part Apple has got it right. Tablet computers, those that are optimized for full touch screen (read: stripped-down operating systems) – and not the ones with a full-blown desktop operating system crammed into it with half-baked touchscreen support created by OEMs – are the future. Sadly, the iPad’s hardware is a bit lacking. I still can’t believe that they didn’t even put a USB drive in there.
Now Nvidia has demoed an 8.9-inch tablet that may be a winner. The tablet is rocking Tegra 2 – the heart of which is a dual core ARM Cortex A9. The Cortex A9 is a generation ahead of the A4 powering the iPad, and to top it off, this tablet also has 1GB of RAM, which leaves the iPad’s specs biting the dust. Oh, did I mention it also has twi USB ports, capacitive screen, a front-facing camera, and a widescreen aspect ratio?
If it’s not obvious from this post’s title, the operating system of Nvidia’s tablet is Google Android, which is a pretty good choice, since it’s almost as good as the iPhone OS. Well, the apps marketplace doesn’t have that the sheer amount of apps available for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, but it’s decent enough, if you ask me.