2011 will be a total mess for Tablets. It will look like the computer industry before Microsoft standardization int the 80s. Just have a look at this nice slide coming from Intel presentation at Barclays Capital Global Technology Conference :
2011 tablets with Intel Chip
Manufacturers will offer Meego, Android and Windows 7 based on an Intel chip, and other will offer Meego, Android on an Arm designed chip. But in some cases the same manufacturer will offer an Arm and an Intel tablet with different OSs at the same time!
Toshiba and Dell will have both an Intel/ W7 and an Arm/Android tablet. Lenovo will have an Intel / W7 and an Intel / android tablet.
What is really missing, is Windows 7 running on an Arm chip. That would be the signal of a real shuffle of the cards in the PC industry. Anyway 2011 is going to be fun!
I found out this very interesting benchmark on Linux and Windows the other day on Tuxradar.com:
> View the benchmark
The synthesis of this benchmark would be this:
Linux Windows Benchmark synthesis
Booting up time are nearly the same around 60 secondes. Linux is faster at shutting down 9 secondes vs. 14 secondes. Linux is better at copying file to HD or USB sticks. Windows is better at the Richards benchmark which measures the pure performance. And of course Linux is free which isn’t the case obviously with Windows even though the price is concealed in the price of your new computer.
These results may explain why Google wants the laptops running Chrome OS to feature a SSD drive instead of a Hard Drive. Chrome OS is based on a Linux Kernel hence its performance shouldn’t be far from this benchmark unless you change the hardware to fasten the whole system.That’s exactly what Google is endeavouring to provide an outstanding experience and make a real difference with Windows.
2010 will be the year of the MID, eh … sorry of the Tablet … well not exactly, it will be the year of the SLATE. You know the Magic Slate like the one you used in nursery.
Magic Slate, the old way
The Magic Slate is the concept of this year: a 5″ to 15″ flat screen with as less buttons as it is possible. The concept has been declined is every form at the last CES: eBooks, Computer, Phone.
The most impressive are the computer ones as they seem to be usable especially with Windows 7. Ballmer has presented the HP Slate during his keynote, and Apple is expected to announce its own by the end of this month.
Have a look at Gizmodo to know everything about the rumours on Apple’s Slate
. By the way guess the name of the product. An easy one : iSlate or Magic Slate.
Archos has already one very nice the Archos 9, ready for shipping.
Archos 9 Slate Computer
It’s all very nice, but was is really missing is the usage. What will you do with a Slate? I believe people are fed up by technological blabla and want a clear value proposition. That’s the reason why MID didn’t take off. There was no real value proposition except: you’ve got an Internet Browser in your bag. Who will pay 300€ for a device with such a low value proposition?
So far, the Slate value proposition and usage aren’t very clear. Let’s wait until the end of the month. Usually Apple has got very clear view on these kinds of things.
Chrome OS has been presented by the press all around the world as a challenger of Microsoft Windows. I don’t believe this is the case. Google has pushed forward the launch of Chrome OS not to compete with Windows Vista or the new Windows 7 but to fill up the vacuum created by Microsoft itself.
If you have a look at the OS mapping there is a vacuum is the Always connected 7” – 11” device segment. This segment based on ARM architecture is untapped by Microsoft for an unknown reason. Maybe to protect its relationship with Intel? Windows should be the standard OS in this segment as it is in the Netbooks. Manufacturers were considering introducing Android but the OS isn’t fit for large displays and PC like experience. The alternative was a Linux distribution called Red Flag which is too confidential to get consumers’ awareness and create some traction. The first Netbooks featuring Linux distributions have been swiftly replaced by Windows SKUs.
Google stepped in this segment probably pushed by Qualcomm and ARM. So the main target of Google isn’t the netbook segment but the smartbook one. The support of x86 architecture may be just a smoke screen for Microsoft not to see the primary target. I believe Windows is still for a long time the standard OS for Netbooks and Laptops.
As the future’s belongs to the connected data devices, Google has taken the initiative in the next ICT battle, pushing Microsoft in a corner. But for how long?