The New Dell Slate
At the CES in January this year Dell had a very mysterious device to show the people in attendance, the Dell Slate. It is a 5 inch full color touch screen The Dell Slate will run a Google Android driven Operating System. Which means you will see Google Application Development and the Porting in of games and business applications from the independent an business community. The Dell Slate has a SIM Slot in the back, which means that you will be able to connect up to the internet in 3G, or use it as a phone. It will also be able to do WI-FI. The Slate unlike some of the tablets coming out in the near future has a few key features such as, a 5 Mega Pixel camera with Auto focus, so you will be able to take pictures with it, or use it as a webcam.
It seems to me that Dell might be arriving to the dance a little bit late. Many other Tablet and Slate devices have been making waves in the news, such as the Entourage Edge, the HP Slate, the Notion Ink Adam and Apple. If Apple manages a tremendous success their next I-PAD to a totally new level, It will boost the market and stimulate demand for these new generation of tablets. We are interested to see if a large company like Dell will offer any decent . One of the big factors with some of the new tablet hinges on how well the Android’s Marketplace does in terms of software offered. Dell has hopes to roll it out in varying screen sizes (and probably memory capacity)
Finally, it seems the most popular Slate devices to garner large scale attention are not only tablet computers but are also billed as E-Readers. We cover allot of technology here at the Good E-Reader Blog and seven new devices are going to be hitting the market in the next four or five months. It will be interesting to see, which companies the market will gravitate towards and be accepted by the community at large.
Our Bets, is that the Apple I-PAD, Microsoft Courier, Notion Ink Adam and the HP Slate look to have versatile technology and most function as E-Readers, as well as a casual entertainment device, or in the Couriers case, an extension of the office.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.