You can carry it a purse, no weightlifter assistant necessary!
The Microsoft Courier Tablet is simply Amazing!
You can thank me later.:)
So much for the courier, shelved before it even hit stores. Cancelling this is actually the smartest move MSFT has made in a while. I mean seriously, do we really need yet another e-book reader/journal like device? With the Kindle, Sony's e-book reader, Barnes and Noble's e-reader, the I-Pad (of course), and who knows how many others, this market has grown saturated and competitive. Amazon made the first big splash in this market with the Kindle, but this device already seems dated and old technology-wise. I mean why would anyone spend big bucks on a device that can't really do much compared to an I-Pad that could do so much more for about the same price? Plus where the F did you get $1,200 from? The I-Pad starts out at $499 for a 16 Gig model (which is more than enough memory for about 95% of its users). Heck my $299 32 Gig I-Pod touch which I can surf the internet on, text, play games, music, videos, etc. is a much more sophisticated device then a crummy e-book reader. The courier made no sense, how would you watch a movie/TV Show/You Tube video, etc. on it? You would have to either use only one of the 2 small screens or watch it on 2 screens with a big giant split in the middle (either way...totally lame). It probably seemed like a good idea at the time the Kindle was getting popular but MSFT smartly realized that the e-book reader market's 15 minutes is almost up.
OMG this blows the iPad away. And, I love my iPhone but this device is a must have.
As an Architect and designer I see a huge market for the courier. I can just imagine all sorts of professions falling all over themselves for this.
This is a perfect example of Microsoft trying to design something that looks cool rather than something that people would use on a daily basis. Who really cares about keeping a journal? No one I know, unless it's a blog, which means the larger screen of the iPad will make for a better experience.
By the way, if Microsoft releases anything like the Courier even by the end of this year, I'll buy you one. The videos they're showing are still at the concept render stage, which means they clearly have a ton of work to do before a finished product is ready. Even if it were though, I really don't think people are going to care about just keeping a digital journal.
I will be getting an iPad soon but I have to admit the size of the Courier looks attractive. Apple will eventually roll out smaller versions of the ipad so I'm not overly concerned about this putting a dent in Ipad sales.