Life and love are fickle things. It seems like only yesterday that the netbook was going to give us the good life. Wait a minute - it was!
The folks at 1 Infinity Loop, California have changed all of that - again. True, Steve Jobs didn't bring his black shirt nor did he make a personal appearance at the CES show last week, but Apple's presence was evident as the entire industry joined the tablet craze.
First, Apple allowed Verizon to preempt the marketplace by announcing they would have the iPhone next month. The carrier strutted around the floor saying their infrastructure was ready to take on the massive influx of phone calling, emailing and video contact downloading customers.
As you'd expect from CES, folks from the four corners of the globe came to show off their latest smartphones which had a strong resemblance to the iPhone.
Then, there was a whole app zone where seasoned and hopeful developers showed off their creations to ensure there was an app for just about anything you could think of. But at the end of the day it was tablets, a new category of "computers," that produced the flurry of excitement.
"We must get beyond passions, like a great work of art. In such miraculous harmony. We should love each other outside of time... detached." – Steiner, La Dolce Vita (1960), Riama Films
Figure 2: Vegas opening
Not everyone can make a TV set, but it felt like everyone can make a tablet computer. Nearly a hundred new tablets were announced, all hoping to capture just a little of the iPad customer overflow. More than eighty suppliers rushed to Las Vegas to show us the tablet that was poised to steal away huge portions of what the iPad would deliver… La Dolce Vita.
A few – very few – came close, however. Most displayed products felt cheap and looked like flimsy knock-offs running Android, Windows - you name it. Absent and waiting for early February was HP with their WebOS tablet (blame it on Hurd, he's gone).
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