The Q1 was part of a category called UMPCs, or ultramobile PCs, that became popular with manufacturers several years ago. Consumers, on the whole, did not share the enthusiasm. While the Q1 is on the smaller side (7 inches), its heft prevented it from being as mobile as the name promised. Apple's tablet should be thin, light, and as portable as possible, if users are expected to make it a media device they can use on the go.
Another problem that Apple can be counted on to avoid Samsung's text entry system. The thumb mouse and split keyboard didn't come across as easy to learn. The tablet Apple is expected to unveil Wednesday will reportedly have a touch text entry system, similar to the virtual keyboard on the iPhone. While that did have a bit of a learning curve, millions of devices sold later; it's clear people are able to grasp it.
January 27, 2010 4:00 AM PST
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| Caption by: Erica Ogg
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