The iTablet: An iPad alternative that multitasks, has a webc


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The iTablet runs Flash, has a webcam, supports multiple operating systems, provides 250GB of storage and USB ports, and runs your existing Windows software.
If you’re sick and tired of reading how great Apple’s iPad is and how it will save print and make sandwiches, the newly announced Windows 7 tablet from UK-based X2 Computing could be the right gizmo for you. The company is unapologetic about calling it the iTablet, the name that instantly suggests an Apple device even though the iTablet is everything the iPad isn’t.
Measuring at 252mm x 192mm x 35mm and weighing from 1.18kg, the iTablet is powered by Microsoft’s Windows 7, meaning it’ll run your existing library of Windows software, including the iPad’s Achille’s heel – Adobe’s Flash.
Jonathan Wharrad, research and development director with X2 Computing, said the iTablet won’t be a closed device, clearly alluding at the iPad:
iTablet will empower users with unlimited technology and advanced multimedia access across multiple platforms without being restricted to exclusive content providers.
The device is built around Intel’s 1.6GHz Atom chip that packs in 2GB of cache and integrated graphics. The chip enables a 20 percent reduction in power consumption over the previous generation. Interestingly, you can also run Windows Tablet and Linux on the machine, if you want. Whichever route you go, the iTablet will multitask – “something that cannot be achieved with some other operating systems,” X2 Computing said.
Unlike the iPad which uses a pricier and less capacious NAND flash storage, the iTablet provides 250GB of internal storage that gives you four times more room for your content than the top-of-the-line 64GB iPad model. The iTablet will be provided in two models, one with a 10.2-inch TFT touchscreen and the other with a 12.1-inch XGA touchscreen, both running at 1024×768 pixels in portrait or landscape orientation. Interestingly, both iTablet models will also be available with an optional multi touch “wrapped in stunning slim-line bezels.”
The iTablet also beats the iPad in terms of connectivity. In addition to a built in Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and 802.11b/g WiFi, the device sports three built-in USB 2.0 ports so you can attach external hard drives and an optional HDMI for high-def playback of HD video through larger TV screens. Most importantly, the iTablet has a 1.3-megapixel USB camera which should appeal to the folks who deemed the lack of a webcam on the iPad a deal-breaker. Customers will be able to upgrade the iTablet with optional 3G and GSM for cellular data and voice capabilities.
X2 Computing said that first iTablet shipments are to be expected in April 2010, but the company provided no price points at press time. The device will be available in a range of solid and metallic colours including white, grey, pink, blue, red, yellow, and black while available accessories include batteries, mains adaptors, stands, and display options for use in sunlight conditions.