Tablet PCs are a type of laptop that haven't been really exploited enough, at least in my opinion. In the past, we've had tablets, but they were either very pricey or had limited functions. Personally, I don't know how I feel about convertible Tablet PCs, the ones that are laptops sometimes and Tablet PCs other times. In the beginning of the year, we saw a bunch of tablets appear. These tablets are supposed to be cheap and small, with loads of battery power. Most of these models are also open-sourced, making them perfect for many users. The Giinii tablets are just a step above smart phones. In my mind, these types of devices bridge the gap between smart phones and netbooks.
Do these devices actually serve a purpose? For the modern iPhone-totting fashionista, complete with her MacBook or MacBook Air in her handbag, maybe not. However, they do serve as an alternative to many MP3 players and media players. In essence, portable media players are basically like these devices. Once again, I think that iPods or iPod-like devices will evolve and add more functions to made these devices redundant, but they do serve a point in offering different products for different uses.
GiiNii previewed the Movit Mini and Max at this year's CES. What was really interesting is that these devices bridge the gap between smart phones and computers adequately. The Movit Mini is a 4.3-inch device that will be released in October of this year. The Max is the 7-inch variant and will be out in January '10. This will assure Giinii that the expected update of Android will be complete before the tablets will ship. No word on price yet, but the Mini should cost less than an iPod Touch.
The Mini features a 480 x 272 resistive touchscreen and a soft keyboard for inputting text. It comes with a built-in mic and front facing camera, perfect for Skype-ing. It naturally has Bluetooth and a built-in speaker. It only has 256 MB of internal storage, but it has an microSD slot which is a really great way of expanding storage easily. [via Engadget]