May 8th, 2010
The recent release of the iPad and announcement of the JooJoo a Linux based tablet, has inspired some want for a tablet device. But neither have great appeal; the iPad because of Apple’s megalomaniacal desire to fully control users mobile devices and the JooJoo’s clunky software not to mention the device itself is simply is too large. Here is a pointless mock up of a device looking quite a lot like an iPad. Dimensions and Display The device would be about 7.5’’x11’’ and have a screen resolution of at least 720×1200 so that horizontally it can play 720p video without scaling. Also viewing the web or an e-book would not be strenuous or involve constant zooming and scrolling. Operating System Android would be the underlying operating system giving assess to a vast number of apps as well as high-quality ‘utility’ applications such as the browser and e-mail client. Processor The device would be powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor or similar possibly the upcoming 8X72 chipset. The 8X72 is capable of decoding 1080p video. Output Outputs include an HDMI port and a 3.5mm stereo jack. The combination of wi-fi and HDMI would allow streaming of high definition video to a HD TV. Acting like a network enabled set top box. Maybe some day the perfect tablet with arrive but until that day I guess I’ll have to stick to reading an actual newspaper while munching on my cornflakes.