Monday, January 24, 2011

The Toshiba Tablet sports impressive specs, but success may depend more on Google's Honeycomb OS

The first Android Honeycomb driven tablet from Toshiba is supposed to arrive this Spring, and to promote the device Toshiba has launched a website. What has gotten some attention in the press is the cute little dig the company is taking at Apple. When iOS devices, iPhone, iPod touch or iPads, access the site a message comes up saying "Such a shame" your device can't display Flash so you're out of luck.
It turns out that this really is just a gimmick. As John Gruber points out on his own site, erasing the last part of the URL takes you to a perfectly visible html site that allows even iOS device owners to look at Toshiba's soon-to-be-released tablet.
Gimmicks aside, the Toshiba Tablet does sport some impressive specs. It has a 10.1 inch multi-touch display, ever so slightly larger than the iPad's display. The tablet has both a front and rear facing cameras, USB and mini USB ports, along with HDMI out and a SD slot. It has, in essence, laptop (or at least netbook) specs in a tablet form.

Running all this will be Google's new version of Android, Honeycomb. The real question on everyone's mind is 'will Honeycomb prove to be a good tablet OS?' It looks like we will see in the Spring.