Friday, March 5, 2010

Microsoft's Courier 'digital journal'

The ultra portable Microsoft's Courier Tablet is said to function as a 'digital journal'. Measuring under 1" thick and weighing a little over a pound this handy gadget is approximately the size of a 5 x 7 photo when closed. The internals of the device is built on Tegra 2 and runs the Zune HD OS, Pink and Windows Mobile 7 Series. (video demo below)
the interface appears to be pen-based and centered around drawing and writing, with built-in handwriting recognition and a corresponding web site that allows access to everything entered into the device in a blog-like format complete with comments. We're also hearing that there will be a built-in camera, and there's a headphone jack for media playback. Most interestingly, it looks like the Courier will also serve as Microsoft's e-book device, with a dedicated ecosystem centered around reading.
The Courier Tablet is expected to launch in the third to fourth quarter and the cost is yet to be known. I really like how the design allows it to close like a book. This not only protects the screen, but also allows for a natural 'book reading' experience. The Stylus Pen is a bonus too! I wish the screen was a bit larger to compete with the other tablets that are around the 10" dimension. Overall, I'm pretty excited and I'm sure it will give the iPad the healthy competition it deserves!

via engadget


Anonymous said...

Apple really need to step up with the innovation here. This tablet is way more user friendly and the UI looks amazing. I really like the practicality of the Stylus Pen for designing. Apple please take note!

Anonymous said...

the iPad isn't trying to be used as a design tool. it is marketed as an eReading device. if it was trying to be anything more, the Microsoft Tablet would win.

Either way, we will have to wait for the iPad Apps to prove otherwise! I'm on the fence of which one I should get.

laorosa77 said...

...I'll wait to see what the iPhone OS 4.0 software update will offer before getting the iPad.

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