Apple fans choked as Microsoft get their tablet out first

23 September 2009

The hopes of millions of gibbering Apple fanboys were dashed last month when their beloved but not-actually-real-yet tablet contraption completely failed to appear at the latest Apple rally. Instead some nerds spoke to a rapt audience as though they were children.

Now it looks like Microsoft may have snuck up on the rails and pipped Apple to the post. Because the Courier has appeared and it looks none too shabby neither. Currently in the latter stages of development, it’s a ‘booklet’ rather than a ‘tablet’ and its dual screens can be used with fingers or a stylus, or maybe a piece of a frozen, sharpened Curly Wurly.

Gizmodo have got the exclusive on the Courier and will be revealing more about it day by day, like some kind of monolithic striptease artist. Here’s a preview video to be going on with...

TOPICS:   Gadgets

23 comments

  • Paul Nikkel EDITOR
    Well I'm impressed. It looks very cool and very slick. The best compliment I can give it is that it doesn't look like it was made by Microsoft.
  • Paul S.
    Wait a minute I am just going to kill myself...
  • flibby g.
    Another thing for me to like the look of but never actually buy.
  • bykergrove
    now windows mobile 7 just needs to come out and iboys can mass suicide it out
  • james
    looks brill but bet it costs packet
  • Superjutah
    Its gonna be at least £2k!# GURANTEED but it looks beyond awesome!
  • Paul S.
    Brilliant. Want.
  • Mark (.
    Brilliant. Don't want. Same old problem really - where exactly does this fit in the market place? It looks good, bu Paul - when would you actually use this?
  • Paul S.
    Honestly? All the time, probably. Aside from my laptop I have a small army of notebooks with me, because it's quicker to get stuff down in a hurry in them than tit about with the Mac or type a note into the iPhone. If this offers a decent online experience plus the ability to open it open and scribble stuff down, it'd be bloody outstanding.
  • Mark (.
    But you could get a old-style tablet pc right now? I've reviewed tablets and UMPCs before, and I struggle to see where they fit in between my desktop, my laptop, my netbook and my iPhone. I struggle sometimes to find a use for my netbook. I still wanna check it out, but i'm worried we've been here before?
  • Emma
    Looks brilliant. Trying to think of reasons to justify buying one... !
  • Lumoruk
    If you've got an army of notebooks how about giving them away as prizes mate? ;)
  • Junkyard
    This looks amazing, although it's likely it could be a bit bulky, and a touch on the heavy side. If only there was some simple way to create a device like this, but half the size and weight...
  • Angry S.
    Emm, yeah. MS have produced a concept video. And the real thing is where exactly?
  • Brian
    Hi, my name is Brian. I will buy one of these if they add the ability to make phone calls from it. Thanks
  • fu m.
    total cock. i can't even read my own writing so not sure how a computer will cope with it. I can type a shitload faster than I can write to boot. can't see what bloody use this is. have a folder, print out your map and stick it in it. type your agenda and email it, then print it. stick it in folder. same shit, $2k cheaper. and probably faster.
  • And
    This has the potential to be the most useful digital device of the 21st century so far. It could spell the end of printed material completely. A web browser in a book, with this functionality, will be snapped up by schools and businesses in no time - once the price goes down, of course. Saying that though, many people are prepared to pay £700+ a year for an iPhone... Mark: Surely a laptop and basic phone would suffice? I'm sure you wouldn't struggle to find room for another gadget ;-) Fu Manchu: Not everyone is a touch-typist, and sometimes it is not convenient to lug a device with a full-sized keyboard around with you. Handwriting is still a very popular form of communication. As for your last comment, I can't see how this is less useful than carrying a laptop, printer and folder everywhere you go.
  • None B.
    LMAO! The cartoon looks sweet as but you just know when it comes to launch its gonna be no better than a oversized Nintendo DSi. Shame but its destined for a huge Fail!
  • And
    Until Apple bring out exactly the same thing in white, then it'll be revolutionary.
  • lutin
    "total cock. i can’t even read my own writing so not sure how a computer will cope with it. I can type a shitload faster than I can write to boot. can’t see what bloody use this is. have a folder, print out your map and stick it in it. type your agenda and email it, then print it. stick it in folder. same shit, $2k cheaper. and probably faster." Holy shit. That DOES sound faster!
  • Microsoft B.
    [...] all you got – a tablet running Windows – instead of game-changing products. Compared to the concept design pushed by Microsoft last September, you might as well buy a pad of graph [...]
  • Jacques B.
    Based on the recent history of the iPhone, i won't be going out to buy the first tablet. I'm gonna wait for the second variation and and also wait for the price to drop. Knowing the history of Apple that won't be too long. I'd love to know many people had buyers remorse after going to buy the first edition
  • Microsoft B.
    [...] actually covered it twice before; in September 2009, Microsoft released a promotional video for their Courier project, while at the Consumer Electronics Show (CSE) in January, Steve Ballmer announced a joint venture [...]

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