Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tablet PC News...NOT from Apple

There was a minor amount of techno buzz a couple of weeks ago here and here when Apple raised the notion that they, in fact, were going to be coming out with their long-last tablet PC offering. I didn't really believe it because it is something I've heard since getting our marvelous Windows-based Compaq/HP TC1100 tablets back in 2004. Many higher educators kept holding their collective breath waiting for the Mac version.

I did blog about the first semi-real version of the Mac tablet. I didn't bother with the recent rumors.

But this new tablet PC buzz out of Gizmodo and video shows what looks like a larger iPhone, a slicker-looking Kindle/e-book reader and a touch/pen-based device. Maybe it's like an affordable and mini version of the Surface? But it's called Courier and comes from Microsoft.

Looks like the Courier, if the rumors are correct, could be a pretty nice mobile device. Doing GIS with a finger touch, anyone!?

Thanks, Tablet PC blog and OgleEarth (I didn't know Stephan Geens was a tablet enthusiast!) for pointing this out.

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