Does Android Dream of Electric Tablets?

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2010-01-04 Print this article Print

But you already knew that, particularly if you'd read Michael Malone's account on ABC News over the weekend.

Even if you haven't, Topolsky damns the device a bit by comparing it to the Droid. Though the Droid is the most successful Android device to date, with hundreds of thousands and soon to be 1 million units shipped from carrier Verizon Wireless and its partners such as Best Buy, it's also been dismissed as an iPhone killer for just not being intuitive enough for the general consumer.

"The thing that's struck us most (so far) about the Nexus One thus far is the fact that it's really not very different than the Droid in any substantial way," Topolsky wrote.

"Yes, we'd say the design and feel of the phone is better (much better, in fact), and it's definitely noticeably faster than Motorola's offering, but it's not so much faster that we felt like the doors were being blown off."

Meanwhile, this notion that the Nexus One is just another Android phone prompted pundits to speculate whether or not Google will announce at its Android event something the world doesn't know.

Will Google unveil some new Google Voice concoction for the Nexus One, freeing users from carriers? Perhaps Google will make Boy Genius Report happy by confirming the blog's suggestion that the Nexus One will be offered as an AT&T 3G-compatible version.

This Smarthouse post claims HTC will launch a tablet PC that can run Android to rival Apple's forthcoming iSlate tablet. Smarthouse said this could be demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show this week:

"An Android-based device that is set to be shown privately to core HTC customers at CES is set to incorporate new Qualcomm processors, touch technology and new software from Adobe."

Some believe this Android tablet could be confirmed during the press event tomorrow, something to strike a pre-emptive blow before Apple launches its iSlate tablet, allegedly set to debut Jan. 27 in San Francisco


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