They say that two heads are better than one, but are two cameras better than none? That’s a question to ponder as Hewlett-Packard this week leaked out some details about its “slate” computer. Among the interesting points is that the HP device will feature not one, but two video cameras – one for taking images and the other that acts as a built-in Web camera for the person looking at the device. The latter one means the HP device could be used for video conferencing, something that could be quite useful for business users.
The HP tablet, which is also a medium-sized, touch-screen compatible computer, also offers a couple of things the iPad is lacking including Flash support and USB connectivity. The latter is notable for anyone who wants to bring over documents or other files. Whether this is enough to make the HP tablet a true iPad killer is yet to be seen; and we won’t really know for sure until we hear the price. So far HP is mum on that point, as they are on exactly when this thing will actually be released and in users’ hands.
Wi-Fi Problems Plague iPad
What happens when 300,000 people try to connect to Wi-Fi with their new shiny iPads? Well, the quick answer is that some are going to have problems. This is par for the course and anyone who is an early adopter knows there are always going to be bugs to work out. The problem for Apple this week is that those bugs are making headlines, and it is showing a potential Achilles Heel for the device.
According to news circulating online a growing number of users are finding that it is hard to get a Wi-Fi connection, or that the connection continues to be dropped. Considering that getting content to the device practically requires such a connection this isn’t just an annoyance, this is a potential killer – and not of the killer app variety.
This week Apple issued a statement that confirmed the issue: “Under certain conditions, iPad may not automatically rejoin a known Wi-Fi network after restart or waking from sleep.” The company further provided instructions on how to get the device working, but this clearly adds a bit of tarnish on Apple’s shiny new toy.
iPad Cottage Industry Already Going Strong?
Speaking of the iPad – and tablets in general – one segment that will likely see a significant boon in the arrival of the iPad and later tablets will be the accessory makers. Already various companies, such as Griffin Technology Inc. has rolled out a number of third party solutions, and some are notable in that these offer solutions to some of the early complaints.
A tablet is great of course if you’re holding it, but what if you want to read it as you would a computer monitor rather than a magazine. There is no app for that, but there is the A-Frame, a heavy-duty brushed aluminum stand for desk and tabletop use. And while many photo stands would do the trick, this one is actually designed for the size and weight of the iPad, and matches its design.