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  1. Apple Tablet - Who Cares?

    That was the title of an article in my Allegiance Technology newsletter from August 2009. Thanks to reader Ken Woods who sent me an email this morning reminding me of this article and why pundits and wags are idiots.

    Here is the article:

    Apple tablet coming soon? Will anyone care?

    Greetings!

    One of the most ubiquitous rumors on the internet is the alleged Apple
    Tablet PC. Bloggers and pundits are imagining everything from an
    iPhone with a large (7-10") display to an internet and multimedia device that
    will do everything including walk the dog and watch your kids.

    My question: Who cares?

    I own an iPhone, so I'm not an Apple-hater. I think their technology
    is very intuitive and with the software applications available, the
    iPhone is my favorite technology device (AFTER my tablet PC, of course!).

    The mobile computing market is a good sized one but tablet PCs are a
    small part of that. For Apple, who already has only a small piece of the
    overall PC market, a tablet PC would likely be too small to be profitable.
    That's why I think an Apple Tablet is vaporware. Time will tell if I am
    wrong.

    John
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  2. Buy your next tablet at.....Sears???

    While checking Google News for the latest on Tablet PCs, I saw a sponsored link at the top of the page:

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    Clicking on the link, I was taken to the Sears website here: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/s_10153_1...aptops_Tablets

    Apparently, Sears defines a tablet computer as being either an eReader or an Apple iPad with a Toshibs M780 thrown in for good measure, at least according to their Page 1 listings. Page 2 saw more traditional tablet computers like the HP Pavilion, Lenovo X201T and Fujitsu 2020.

    IMHO, it is pointless for us as dedicated tabletphiles to try and define what is and what is not a tablet computer. The is the USA and the marketplace, both of consumers and businesses, will define it for us.