I read Serge Jespers’ blog and was really happy to see he’s as excited about Windows 7 and the upcoming HP Slate device as I am.
There really are some important characteristics being shared in this video. You can see it’s a full Windows 7 and even more importantly Phil McKinney shows he understands that people want a full and rich experience on these devices.
Don’t get me wrong, I think having an application store would be great thing but I also want to use such a device to do other things I just don’t want to give up compared to my laptop. Things like surfing the web with no limits. Connecting to my media on the home server I’m about to buy. Using Office applications. Running my favorite twitter client, etc, etc…
I don’t need a device that’s designed purely to consume content that’s charged for. So the HP Slate is what I will buy. But if we could eventually get a great application store, bookstore on top of that, that would make it even better.
There is a bookstore if you use the Kindle reader for Windows.
Question is: Will these type of devices/screens be good for prolonged reading? I have my doubts.
Second caveat: Windows in its glory is not a (multi)touch-only optimized OS. I have seen that on the Tablet PCs and on the Origami device I owned, despite the nicely done (but too limited) Origami experience application.
Thanks, I will look into the Kindle app for Windows once I get a device :-)
Yes, there seems to be a need for research on whether these are good devices for prolonged reading: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/12/do-e-readers-cause-eye-strain/?sudsredirect=true
As for touch, Windows 7 is better than what we had before but I'm also curious about the experience we'll actually get. Also, will we still get a styles? For when I would like to take notes? A lot of questions...