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Microsoft cans Courier

Microsoft cans Courier

The innovative dual-screen Courier concept has been officially scrapped as a future product by Microsoft.

Just days after rumours spread that Microsoft's innovative dual-screen Courier device could hit shop shelves by early next year, the company has dashed all hopes by officially scrapping the concept.

According to a report over on Gizmodo, the team working on the concept device at Microsoft were informed by executives on Wednesday that the project was being scrapped immediately - despite rumours that a fully-working prototype was almost complete.

The news was confirmed by Frank Shaw, Microsoft's corporate vice president of communication, who told Gizmodo's Joel Johnson that the Courier design "will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time."

The news - coming so soon after credible rumours suggested that the device would be ready for release some time next year - will come as a blow to people looking for the next big thing in the portable marketplace: with its dual touch-screen displays and rugged clamshell design, many saw the Courier as the obvious extension of the increasingly popular slate form factor and the perfect device to drive adoption of digital newspapers and magazines, featuring as it did a dual-page layout just like the dead tree versions.

Sadly, it appears that Microsoft is going to allow someone else to take the lead on this one - that is, if anyone feels like competing with Apple's popular iPad with a whole new form factor rather than a me-too offering.

Are you disappointed that the Courier is now almost certainly gone for good, or are you still hoping that someone will pick up Microsoft's dropped baton and bring a dual-screen Courier-esque device to market? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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proxess 30th April 2010, 08:47 Quote
Aww... :(
GreatOldOne 30th April 2010, 09:31 Quote
Looks like the HP slate has been axed as well:

http://gizmodo.com/5527824/hp-slate-is-dead-on-arrival-says-techcrunch

Clearing the decks for a webOS / Palm powered slate now that they've bought the company?
blood69 30th April 2010, 09:44 Quote
What the hell??? You're Joking Right? Since i remember to see the firts laptops to the masses in the early 90, i always wonder why they did not have 2 screens and one of the screens became a keyboard, and not just a keyboard. An adaptive keyboard, it could be anything you want in the context of the opened application. If you play a game the keys adapt to a simple controler, if you pop up an image editor you could have the tools in one screen and the image on the other. Many things i wonder back then. Some days ago i saw the news that Microsoft was going to make a divice like that, i was very happy. Now they aborted the project?
Autti 30th April 2010, 09:48 Quote
How are Gizmodo going to continue their checkbook journalism when they can't pay for stolen items because they are terminated well before they can purchase illegal goods and ruin developers lives by publicly humiliating them on the internet. Sad day.
Mungo 30th April 2010, 09:48 Quote
i'm guessing they expect it to be a crowded and competitive area in the near future. There are other players...

http://www.pcworld.com/article/186286/msi_shows_dualscreen_7inch_and_10inch_netbooks.html
Krikkit 30th April 2010, 10:19 Quote
Ugh. Courier was the device that got me properly excited about tablets. That MSI one looks damn good, but they aren't marketing it themselves and are waiting for someone else to jump in.

Ah well. :(
memeroot 30th April 2010, 10:29 Quote
great shame
ProPuke 30th April 2010, 10:36 Quote
The first device by Microsoft that ever actually looked interesting (well the concept looked awesome, they might of later messed that up) & MS decide to cancel it.

Great move!
Nexxo 30th April 2010, 11:24 Quote
OK, here goes: BWUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! :)

Sorry, but told ya. When people were moaning that the iPad did not have a 'real' OS or CPU or sufficient features, and pointed at the HP Slate and MS Courier as an example of how it should be done, I argued that those devices were vapourware: simply not commercially viable in terms of production cost and technology (especially battery life).

Perhaps now HP has bought the Palm WebOS it may be able to produce something viable. Having played with a Palm Pre I can see how it would work. But the problem is that Apple is already way ahead of the curve and even with Flash support (which still needs its mobile kinks working out) competitors will never catch up. The iPad is already popular, so it will set the norm for mobile web pages. Just like the iPod did with docking devices. Too late, too late said the White Rabbit.

Apple may appear to make strange choices, but it would be arrogant to assume that a company that has been very successful lately, and hires some top end engineers and designers wouldn't have thought about these choices. Apple does have vision; those who can't see it perhaps prefer to keep their eyes tightly shut.
whisperwolf 30th April 2010, 11:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexxo
OK, here goes: BWUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! :)

Sorry, but told ya. When people were moaning that the iPad did not have a 'real' OS or CPU or sufficient features, and pointed at the HP Slate and MS Courier as an example of how it should be done, I argued that those devices were vapourware: simply not commercially viable in terms of production cost and technology (especially battery life).

....

Do you know I was having a private bet with myself as to how long it would take for a Nexxo "I told you so" post to come along. I was actually expecting it about an hour earlier; guess you've been having a busy morning today and no time for a coffee break.

I'd recon the prototype showed the battery life to be mince, so it's been shelved till tech can support it. I didn't think the Courier was using a standard Os either though, wasn't it supposed to be a dedicated digital journal rather than running windows.
kenco_uk 30th April 2010, 12:09 Quote
Who else read the thread title as Microsoft Sans Courier? I thought somewhere, someone working in typography had divided by zero.
runadumb 30th April 2010, 12:20 Quote
Gutted by this. I would never have a use for such a device but I imagined this sort of thing being in every high school in the next 5 years or so. Makes so much sense going by what was shown. AH, had loads of potential instead of crappy tablets.
Nexxo 30th April 2010, 12:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by whisperwolf
Do you know I was having a private bet with myself as to how long it would take for a Nexxo "I told you so" post to come along. I was actually expecting it about an hour earlier; guess you've been having a busy morning today and no time for a coffee break.

I'd recon the prototype showed the battery life to be mince, so it's been shelved till tech can support it. I didn't think the Courier was using a standard Os either though, wasn't it supposed to be a dedicated digital journal rather than running windows.

Yeah, I meant to do it earlier but it's tricky from an iPhone and I've indeed been busy (Bit-Tech is blocked at work. Honestly, how unreasonable!). :p

Don't get me wrong: I really like the Courier concept. But it will take at least another five to ten years for the tech to catch up. By then the iPad will be a neurally implanted device...
GreatOldOne 30th April 2010, 12:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
By then the iPad will be a neurally implanted device...

That some people will still have a hissy fit over it's lack of flash. ;)
whisperwolf 30th April 2010, 12:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexxo
....
By then the iPad will be a neurally implanted device...

Oh that’s just what we need more ammunition for loonies to say that Job's is screwing with people’s heads. :D
runadumb 30th April 2010, 13:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexxo


Don't get me wrong: I really like the Courier concept. But it will take at least another five to ten years for the tech to catch up. By then the iPad will be a neurally implanted device...

Or maybe by then someone will have found an actual practical use for one :p
Krikkit 30th April 2010, 14:06 Quote
Well Mr Knowitall Nexxo, what about the MSI prototype, 6 hours and 7" running Win7 on a single cell batt?

Honestly though, if there's any better way to be a tit by saying "Ner ner ne ner ner", I haven't seen it yet. ;)
Nexxo 30th April 2010, 14:55 Quote
I try not to be a tit, but that's what I am so that's how it comes out (at least I'm really good at it). :p

The problem with the MSI prototype, like the HP Slate, is that it's, like, a prototype. The iPad is a fully functional production model hitting the shops at a decent price point now.

If MSI can launch their baby, fully functional, at the same price point as the iPad I will give it my full attention. But I predict that if Microsoft could not make the Courier fly MSI won't get this to the market any time soon either.
Krikkit 30th April 2010, 14:59 Quote
I'm talking about the tech being there and ready, not the price point. If it were to get made tomorrow it'd certainly be more expensive than the iPad, no question, but it obviously works otherwise MSI wouldn't be flashing it around in the open.
Nexxo 30th April 2010, 15:14 Quote
I'm not convinced. Reading between the lines MSI says it has working prototypes but is leaving it to other companies to produce and sell them. Does not sound confidence inspiring. Intel promises that its Menlow CPU will offer performance comparable to its 90nm Pentium-M from 2004. I've got one of those in my tablet --I can tell you that zippy it ain't, and that's on Windows XP. However Intel also says that 80-90% of planned Menlow devices will run a simple variant of Linux, not Windows 7.

Moreover reviewers who saw a prototype running Vista (http://www.anandtech.com/show/2418/3) stated it was unworkably slow.

Sorry, not seeing it yet. Give it Android on e.g. a Tecra and work out the kinks in Flash and it may get there.

EDIT: such as the WePad. Now that's what I'm talking about!
stonedsurd 30th April 2010, 15:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krikkit
Well Mr Knowitall Nexxo, what about the MSI prototype, 6 hours and 7" running Win7 on a single cell batt?
People were bitching about the fact that the iPad's 9.7" screen was small. I wonder what a 7" screens and a taskbar-based OS would do to those folks. Probably give 'em an aneurysm.
NuTech 30th April 2010, 16:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexxo
OK, here goes: BWUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! :)

Sorry, but told ya. When people were moaning that the iPad did not have a 'real' OS or CPU or sufficient features, and pointed at the HP Slate and MS Courier as an example of how it should be done, I argued that those devices were vapourware: simply not commercially viable in terms of production cost and technology (especially battery life).

Perhaps now HP has bought the Palm WebOS it may be able to produce something viable. Having played with a Palm Pre I can see how it would work. But the problem is that Apple is already way ahead of the curve and even with Flash support (which still needs its mobile kinks working out) competitors will never catch up. The iPad is already popular, so it will set the norm for mobile web pages. Just like the iPod did with docking devices. Too late, too late said the White Rabbit.

Apple may appear to make strange choices, but it would be arrogant to assume that a company that has been very successful lately, and hires some top end engineers and designers wouldn't have thought about these choices. Apple does have vision; those who can't see it perhaps prefer to keep their eyes tightly shut.
I really don't understand your posting methodology Nexxo. You write these fantastically insightful and researched thoughts, then you post flame bait like this (especially where Apple is concerned)? :(

The Courier looked like a fantastic device, but it was quite obvious to anyone with even a tiny bit of computer know-how that technology just currently isn't in the right place to make it a possibility. 'Laughing' at its demise is just incredibly unsportsmanlike and makes you sound like an Apple fanboy (even to people like me who own Apple hardware!).
Azayles 30th April 2010, 16:47 Quote
Told you to wait for Courier New lol
eddtox 30th April 2010, 17:22 Quote
:-( i probably would have boght this. As long as it didn't have winmo7 --bleaaaah. Meh, anotherone bites the dust.
flaming_goat 30th April 2010, 21:45 Quote
Looks like it not going to be the year of the slate then - more like the year of the giant ipod
Azayles 30th April 2010, 23:22 Quote
Would it be called the iPod Mega or iPod Giga?
Sloth 30th April 2010, 23:43 Quote
Hopefully someone will still come up with a folding device. I think that was a the best part about it, but not just for the whole "keyboard on one, screen on other!" bit, or the fact that it's set up to be great at reading ebooks, nor the whole 'real OS and CPU' bit which I enjoy (and am patiently waiting for the tech to allow).

Nexxo, I hate to call someone out specifically but you're a prime candidate, haven't you ever thought "If only it could just fold up to half the height... I can spare twice the width" or "If only the screen could fold in half and protect itself without a case or sleeve"? My Nintendo DS is the only device I ever carry with me (and even that's rare) and I lurv the folding to no end, compared to a PSP which is always open unless you carry about a pesky case/sleeve. It seems to be a pretty good analogy and really makes me question how cumbersome any non-folding slate must be.
Faulk_Wulf 1st May 2010, 01:57 Quote
Nexxo, you're a mod, so I've been rewriting this to not be a total ****. I like the forums, and don't want to be banned because I couldn't be civil, but seriously-- As Krikkit said, your tone came out rather snide.

I have not followed your posts to know if you just believe in tech in general or if you're a fan boy for Apple. Apple may innovate, but they rarely implement the best concepts. The iPod nano -just- got an FM tuner for example, and the classic still doesn't have one. I do not like touch only devices, so I do not know if the iTouch/iPhone have FM tuners. But even $10 MP3 players have FM tuners. Same with OSX-- its simple, its made for people who just want a device to work, but it does not give that robust ability to manipulate it to your every need. Makes it more stable, but makes it less useful. The iPad is no exception. It's a big iTouch. Whoopie.

http://www.apple.com/ipad/ - $500 for the basic model. That's an e-reader + Windows/'Nix Netbook more or less, or about $550 shy of the budget gaming rigs posted every month. The iPad is hardly cost effective.

That dual-screen MSI project (as did the Courier) both looked infinitely more useful. Adaptive keyboards are an awesome idea. Sure they may debut at $600 at first, but it'll come down. And it'll be more useful from the start.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. And you, yours. I'm writing this less to prove you wrong. I think Apple is great at launching new ideas. (Blackberry Storm and many other full-touch phones didn't become popular until after the iPhone. We'll see a surge of media-slates soon because of the iPhone.) But it's just a company, and its just a piece of tech.

What I am really writing about the whole blowing a raspberry at Microsoft. Sure, Microsoft is a greedy monopoly at times, like almost everyone else in the tech business, but-- why laugh at the set back of technology? Shouldn't you be embracing it? I don't care if Apple comes out with the first dual-screened slate. I'll be happy-- because that means other companies will get on the ball and make a similar, cheaper, alternative version in typical trickle down fashion.

I just don't get why you wouldn't be cheering for this? Who cares who makes the innovation, as long as its an innovation and the technology moves forward. It just seems really really ignorant to resist such a cool evolution just because a certain company did/didn't make the device.
supermonkey 1st May 2010, 02:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sloth
haven't you ever thought "If only it could just fold up to half the height... I can spare twice the width" or "If only the screen could fold in half and protect itself without a case or sleeve"?
Although desired user experience will vary, I think that if the iPad folded in half then there would be a big gap down the middle of the screen due to the bezel and hinge mechanism. In my opinion that defeats the purpose of the screen being the form factor that it is. I'm willing to bet that Apple didn't just randomly guess the dimensions of the iPad, and that at least some thought went into the size.

I had the opportunity to handle one for a bit the other day during a tech demo, and I have to say that I thought the size was quite nice for a device that sits in between phone and laptop. Breaking it in half would have resulted in two screens not much bigger than an iPhone, and would have made it difficult to capitalize on the screen real estate of the full iPad without compromising on the bezel in the middle.
stonedsurd 1st May 2010, 02:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Faulk_Wulf
What I am really writing about the whole blowing a raspberry at Microsoft. Sure, Microsoft is a greedy monopoly at times, like almost everyone else in the tech business, but-- why laugh at the set back of technology? Shouldn't you be embracing it? I don't care if Apple comes out with the first dual-screened slate. I'll be happy-- because that means other companies will get on the ball and make a similar, cheaper, alternative version in typical trickle down fashion.

I just don't get why you wouldn't be cheering for this? Who cares who makes the innovation, as long as its an innovation and the technology moves forward. It just seems really really ignorant to resist such a cool evolution just because a certain company did/didn't make the device.

I don't like speaking for other people (I do it anyway :p) but I doubt very much that Nexxo was trying to either blow a raspberry at MS or pimp Apple. I think he just felt vindicated after the startlingly accurate stuff he posted in the iFail thread.

This is almost precisely what he predicted back when the initial iPad hate was going around - that companies would scramble to ape, and either launch shitty products or fail entirely.
PureSilver 1st May 2010, 03:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
Ugh. Courier was the device that got me properly excited about tablets.

+1 - This was the only tablet I'd consider buying, because it can do things that things I already own - an iPhone and a MacBook Pro - cannot, unlike almost all true slates.
Nexxo 1st May 2010, 08:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by stonedsurd
I don't like speaking for other people (I do it anyway :p) but I doubt very much that Nexxo was trying to either blow a raspberry at MS or pimp Apple. I think he just felt vindicated after the startlingly accurate stuff he posted in the iFail thread.

This is almost precisely what he predicted back when the initial iPad hate was going around - that companies would scramble to ape, and either launch shitty products or fail entirely.

^^^ This.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Faulk_Wulf
I have not followed your posts to know if you just believe in tech in general or if you're a fan boy for Apple. Apple may innovate, but they rarely implement the best concepts... The iPad is no exception. It's a big iTouch. Whoopie.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. And you, yours. I'm writing this less to prove you wrong. I think Apple is great at launching new ideas. (Blackberry Storm and many other full-touch phones didn't become popular until after the iPhone. We'll see a surge of media-slates soon because of the iPhone.) But it's just a company, and its just a piece of tech.

What I am really writing about the whole blowing a raspberry at Microsoft. Sure, Microsoft is a greedy monopoly at times, like almost everyone else in the tech business, but-- why laugh at the set back of technology? Shouldn't you be embracing it?

I just don't get why you wouldn't be cheering for this? Who cares who makes the innovation, as long as its an innovation and the technology moves forward. It just seems really really ignorant to resist such a cool evolution just because a certain company did/didn't make the device.
Obviously it is not just a big iPod Touch:

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There's your technological progress, right there. Making a difference in real people's life. Shouldn't you be embracing it?

The iPad is innovation. The idea of a Tablet may not be new, but nobody even seriously considered it before Apple stuck its neck out and just did it. As a result, many other innovative devices will (hopefully) follow. But what do we get? A lot of hatin' because it is Apple that did it, and because of how it did it. My answer is: if people think they can do better, then do it. Obviously so far, with exception of the WePad, nobody can.

Which surprises me too, because as I said before in this thread: I really liked the Courier. Had it hit the market, I would have bought one --even at the £900,-- price tag I'd project it to cost (I paid almost the same for my Windows Tablet, so why not?). The HP Slate looked like an obvious Fail to me because it ran Windows 7 but had it ran Windows Mobile 7 (which, I remind you, I called a potential iPhone killer, and I still stand by that) it would have killed the iPad dead. The Google Tablet? All the tech is there: Android, nVidia Tecra, its own media infrastructure like YouTube, Google Maps etc. So why aren't we seeing one yet?

But people want a 'real OS', see? They want stereo sound on tiny speakers located ten inches apart. They want HD video on a 10" screen. They want stuff that not only is not feasible, they don't need, but isn't even appropriate for such a device. People have no vision, that's the problem.

Why I was being a tit (and for the record, I never banned anyone for calling me a lot worse; I'm a big boy and can face up to name calling and criticism. Just make sure it is based in reason or I'll do worse than ban you -- I'll debate your ass :p ) was not because I like to see companies fail or I'm an Apple fanboy. I was reacting to the frankly outrageously irrational Apple hate being spouted on this forum, right down to blatantly insulting Apple owners (including those on this forum) as being sycophantic sheep incapable of informed judgement. Reality Distortion Field, indeed.

I was reacting to people lauding technological innovation but not recognising it when it slaps them in the face. That is what results in poor consumer choices, and eventually, holds back technological progress.
AshT 1st May 2010, 20:40 Quote
It's far simpler to say "We told you so". This is Apples year for iPhone 4G and iPad whether or not the Courier or Slate would have arrived it wouldn't have mattered. Open your eyes people, you are supposed to understand tech and appreciate it.

Oh, and can't wait for Steam on my Mac!
dyzophoria 3rd May 2010, 05:05 Quote
might have something to do with the negative impact of the enthusiast community on the ipad,lol
Tyinsar 3rd May 2010, 05:10 Quote
Personally I'd like to see something with the form factor of the Nintendo DS or DSi (with a bigger (multi-touch) top screen & either a second touch screen below or a keyboard. It's a little bigger than an iPhone / iPod but still fits in a pocket etc. and has a more space for screen, battery, card reader, camera, ... Plus with the folding it should be more durable than the iPhone / iPod / iPad.

I guess that sort of describes my version of what I'd hoped the courier would be. I suspect though that it would not have been what I would have wished of it anyway. -shrug-


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meh, Nexxo had a human moment, get over it
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azrael- 3rd May 2010, 10:09 Quote
I still utterly fail to see the raison d'etre for the iPad. In my eyes it's (still) a useless piece of junk.

At the moment there's exactly one piece of Apple hardware I could see a use for, and that's the iPod Touch. As the perfect universal remote, that is. Only problem right now, it doesn't support infrared, and (sadly) most consumer electronics out there still uses infrared. The switch to WiFi for consumer electronics can't come quickly enough.
Nexxo 3rd May 2010, 11:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by azrael-
I still utterly fail to see the raison d'etre for the iPad. In my eyes it's (still) a useless piece of junk.
In other (half a million so far, to be exact) people's eyes, it is the first computing device they can actually understand and use. YMMV. When are you going to learn that we are in the minority?!? Not everyone is a geek.
AshT 3rd May 2010, 18:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
In other (half a million so far, to be exact) people's eyes

1 million sold now.

Azayles 3rd May 2010, 18:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexxo
In other (half a million so far, to be exact) people's eyes, it is the first computing device they can actually understand and use. YMMV. When are you going to learn that we are in the minority?!? Not everyone is a geek.

Everybody has at least a little bit of geek inside them :D
Nexxo 3rd May 2010, 20:29 Quote
Yeah, but we're 100% concentrated, double filtered pure:

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=32&pictureid=10024
Sloth 3rd May 2010, 22:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by supermonkey
Although desired user experience will vary, I think that if the iPad folded in half then there would be a big gap down the middle of the screen due to the bezel and hinge mechanism. In my opinion that defeats the purpose of the screen being the form factor that it is. I'm willing to bet that Apple didn't just randomly guess the dimensions of the iPad, and that at least some thought went into the size.

I had the opportunity to handle one for a bit the other day during a tech demo, and I have to say that I thought the size was quite nice for a device that sits in between phone and laptop. Breaking it in half would have resulted in two screens not much bigger than an iPhone, and would have made it difficult to capitalize on the screen real estate of the full iPad without compromising on the bezel in the middle.
Certainly valid point about the bezels/hinging. Even with bezel-less screens there is a good chance that a hinge mechanism would either create a bit of a 'bezel' on its own, or create an akward protrusion. The flip side being that a roughly 9.5"x7.5"x.5" device (such as the iPad) could perhaps fold down to 5"x7.5"x1" which is all good and fine, but if that size is deemed smaller than it needs to be the height can always be increased with minimal impact on the folded height. This would also make up for lost screen real estate due to center bezels/hinge.

Though I'd like to say that the desire for folding goes past the iPad which I have only tried in store like yourself, the Kindle being another device with similar dimensions which I have far more experience with (borrowed one to read Crime and Punishment for school... yeah, I got familiar with it :(). Thin enough to be very managable in any situation where that is a factor and light enough to never be a problem (Kindle is, at least) but the size made it overly unwieldy when carried in one hand yet made it too large to fit in normal pockets (I'm somewhat of a para-mil geek and wear a combat-inspired coat capable of holding Kindles/iPads, but I am a beautiful and unique snowflake abnormal). I was also very wary of the exposed screen when putting it in [large] pockets with other items, or when setting it down, or carrying it in a stack with other books and such. Reading with it was pretty pleasing, but for a "mobile" device I was quite irked by the shape and size.

But of course, maybe I really am unique. Like you said, there must have been plenty of thought put into the size and no doubt the size was chosen off of averages and majorities from various studies and test groups. Guess the folding team lost
Azayles 3rd May 2010, 23:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
Yeah, but we're 100% concentrated, double filtered pure:

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=32&pictureid=10024

That's brilliant :D Does Oddbins sell it? Threshers?
Nexxo 4th May 2010, 20:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sloth
But of course, maybe I really am unique. Like you said, there must have been plenty of thought put into the size and no doubt the size was chosen off of averages and majorities from various studies and test groups. Guess the folding team lost

I don't think the folding team lost --the Courier looked practical enough, and MSI's prototype dual-screen tablet has only a small, relatively unobtrusive spine. I think that were the Courier lost was the hardware requirements vs. battery life and production price point. In five years it will be another story perhaps, when the price and power requirements of tech has come down and Tablets have established a market, but right now it is too much of a gamble for Microsoft. My point all along: the specs of the iPad may have seem a bit conservative, but for the current level and price point of tech they hit the sweet spot exactly.
whisperwolf 5th May 2010, 08:55 Quote
I can see the folding devices being put on hold till they better perfect the folding OLED screens and make them a commercial viability with no visable crease. till then the small bezel will stop them being a media device, as playing video across the screens is a muddle, and I'd say they're still a few years away from acceptable folding screens yet.
Sloth 5th May 2010, 21:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexxo
I don't think the folding team lost --the Courier looked practical enough, and MSI's prototype dual-screen tablet has only a small, relatively unobtrusive spine. I think that were the Courier lost was the hardware requirements vs. battery life and production price point. In five years it will be another story perhaps, when the price and power requirements of tech has come down and Tablets have established a market, but right now it is too much of a gamble for Microsoft. My point all along: the specs of the iPad may have seem a bit conservative, but for the current level and price point of tech they hit the sweet spot exactly.
If the MSI prototype goes anywhere. My hopes are that it will, of course, because I can't see myself ever buying a mobile device over the size of 5"x3" that doesn't fold. My cell phone is a Samsung Alias, it can even fold two ways! The concept is very near and dear to my heart. With any luck the future will hold both styles of tablet as more and more products hit the market and product lines start to be developed. The big question for the 'folding team' that I still see, unfortunately, is "Big or Small?". Do people want what is essentially two iPads hinged together creating a large almost laptop like device, or something like an iPad when opened which folds down to half the size? It starts to get closer to the question of "Big phone or small laptop?".
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