The Microsoft Courier tablet PC has been on my wish list since I saw the “leaked” video from Gizmodo.
Looks bad-ass. Sign me up.
But, alas, Microsoft did not take advantage of the premier gadget event of the year–the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show–to unveil the coveted device. All Ballmer showed us was a semi-functional tablet PC from HP running Windows 7.
Fast-forward a couple weeks, and now Apple has revealed its much rumored, hyped, and speculated tablet PC dubbed the “iPad”. The iPad, despite all attempts by Steve Jobs to paint it differently, is essentially a very large iPod Touch. However, despite myself I still think it looks cool and I can think of some reasons I might be willing to part with $500 to get one.
That said, there are still a variety of reasons that a Microsoft tablet PC like the mythic Courier, or even the tablet PC’s running Windows 7 from the likes of HP or Lenovo, will make much better business tools than the iPad.
That said, there are also some good reasons that the iPad could be uniquely qualified as a business tool. And, for the millions of iPhone and iPod Touch users, the iPad provides a consistent, familiar experience–not unlike that which Microsoft customers could enjoy across different platforms if Microsoft ever releases Windows Mobile 7.
If you can’t be with the one you love (Courier), love the one you’re with (iPad).