Desktops and Notebooks: HP TouchPad, HTC Evo 3D, Toshiba Thrive Offer Glimpse of Mobile Future
Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad loaded with webOS, Sprint's HTC Evo 3D with its 3D-shooting capability, Toshiba's upcoming Thrive tablet running Google Android 3.0, and a wide variety of other smartphones and tablets were on display at a recent New York City event, underlining how the popularity of mobility is fueling technological evolution at a breakneck pace. As these higher-end devices begin to hit the market over the next few months, users will have the ability to download faster, interact with the latest mobile operating systems (including the aforementioned Google Android 3.0 and webOS, as well as BlackBerry 7 OS), chat via video conference, and maybe shoot a 3D film clip or three. Laptop makers are increasingly taking their cues from this newfound interest in mobile, producing devices such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 and Asus UX21 Series Ultra-Slim that emphasize portability, light weight and long battery life. Hybrid devices such as the Eee Pad Transformer TF101, which marries an Android tablet to a physical QWERTY keyboard, are also making appearances. (In a bid to appeal to those road warriors who might want to use their tablet for typing a longer email or document, HP's TouchPad offers a physical keyboard as an accessory.) In any case, the wares on display demonstrate that, for manufacturers, it's become an ever-more-mobile world out there.