Motorola Taunts iPad, Prepares to Reveal its Tablet (video)

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The age of the tablet has been almost entirely dominated by the iPad, and that isn’t for lack of competitors. Apple seems to have a lock on the market, and we have yet to see a tablet take any significant chunk out of that share. Motorola recently announced it will reveal its own addition to the mix, the Honeycomb tablet, this coming February at CES. In anticipation, they’ve been circulating a video taunting the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy (along with such throwback tablets as the Ten Commandments and the Rosetta Stone). Is the Motorola tablet the next big step in tablet history? Check out their take on the evolution of the tablet:

The tablet will run Honeycomb, a version of Android catered specifically to the tablet. It’ll also have a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, a 10 inch screen, 32GB storage, and will run on the Verizon network. No confirmation yet what the name will be, but rumors are aplenty (‘Everest?’). Whether or not Motorola can knock the iPad off its throne, it certainly has a good portion of the internet buzzing about its release date, features, OS, and so on. Of course lots of the specs and some images have already leaked (see the photo below) and Andy Rubin apparently gave a short demo of Honeycomb at the D: Dive into Mobile conference.

Amid all the tablet hysteria, I tend to find myself wondering: what comes next? When the tablet is said and done, what will have replaced it for all of our on-your-person computing, cat-entertaining purposes? Who will make a snarky museum video making fun of all the tablets?

Thoughts?

[photo credit: Asa Mathat, All Things D]

Discussion — 12 Responses

  • Cybermancer January 3, 2011 on 5:25 pm

    “Who will make a snarky museum video making fun of all the tablets?

    Thoughts?”

    What about augmented reality glasses?

    • Chrisk826 Cybermancer January 3, 2011 on 6:02 pm

      I agree; AR glasses will have the ability to replace everything that we carry in our pockets today, followed by AR contact lenses, and then implants. We will be connected 24/7 with anything you could ever want to know just a thought away, the snarky muesum video wont be for a tablet, but will need to be updated to show the next level of human evolution.

  • Anonymous January 3, 2011 on 5:53 pm

    Brain-system interfaces :0

  • David Wood January 3, 2011 on 6:13 pm

    Could someone tell me what the heck is holding up AR glasses? It seems like it should be more prevalent by this point. Is it really just a cosmetic thing where people don’t want to wear goofy looking glasses, or are there significant technical problems that need solving before it can be mainstream? Both?

    • Joey1058 David Wood January 3, 2011 on 6:52 pm

      I say both. The tech is available, but it’s still snarky. No one is going to want to wear something that screams “dork”. So until it moves out of the development labs as a finished product, it’s still an academic niche.

      • Billy Zelsnack Joey1058 January 3, 2011 on 11:33 pm

        I used to think the same thing, but people wearing bluetooth headsets have convinced me otherwise.

        • Joey1058 Billy Zelsnack January 4, 2011 on 1:07 am

          LOL! You got me there. Bluetooth headsets are a wildcard I always forget about. I don’t consider them because I never use one.

          • Kristoph77 Joey1058 January 4, 2011 on 4:41 pm

            AR glasses are starting their entry to the market as an instructional tool for technical jobs like mechanics, engineers, and military. The DIY public will adopt them next with programs that will help you change your brakes or bake a cake, but there isn’t much need for AR beyond that right now because the software that would make them useful doesn’t exist. If you had a pair on right now they wouldn’t you do anything for you other than make you the butt of jokes.

            A pair that heard what I heard and continually pulled tidbits from internet and displayed visual information for me to add to a conversion I was having (like a good come back for dork comments), or a facial recognization system that displayed information from a contacts lists, personal biometric details, maps, ect… All of that is coming in good time and only then will AR glasses be accepted socially, when they are useful.

            • Anonymous Kristoph77 January 5, 2011 on 12:27 pm

              “when they are useful” … or fun!
              Anything that can transform your worldview into knights and dragons and castles (or animes) either shared à la Rainbows’ End, or personal like the Cylons’ vision, would be a hit.

  • Gabriel Alexander January 4, 2011 on 1:20 am

    I don’t understand why people buy these things. They are just a touch screen laptop without a keyboard. Lame.

    Why not just create a touch screen laptop with a detachable keyboard?

    • Chrisk826 Gabriel Alexander January 4, 2011 on 3:38 pm

      Unless your a writing a lot the keyboard isn’t an intricale part of the computing experience anymore. A tablet is great for looking up receipes, playing silly little games, reading websites, facebooking, finding a movie and thousand of other things that dont require much or any typing (especial with voice commands working pretty well). If you haven’t noticed a huge percentage of the population is now online and tablets are perfect fit for a good chunk those individuals. Anyone who considers themselves to be hardcore, like yourself apperantly, the tablet may not be a good fit, but try to see beyond your needs and realize these devices do have a place.

  • Ivan Malagurski January 6, 2011 on 2:26 pm

    Nice, but the iPad is still king…