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The Blog of Tom Webster

  2010-07-22 08:50:00 PDT

This article is in response to the new ASUS eee Pads that are coming out. Engadget did run a preview article on them and I would like to share my thoughts on the subject: I really like the idea of a tablet that actually contains any resemblance of functionality. The only problem I have with these and most other non-apple tablets is that they are almost all based off of Windows 7. Now, I don’t have a problem with Windows 7, at all. I think it is the best version of Windows ever created, and it takes a lot for me to say that, but you cannot make a true, intuitive, responsive touch-based interface by putting a skin over an existing, built-for-mouse-and-keyboard operating system. Windows 7 with NEVER be a *great* touch operating system, just because that wasn’t the main focus when creating the operating system. Sure, Windows 7 has some pretty good touch-centric UI features, but it wasn’t built from the ground up to be a touch-only, or touch-first system. Windows 7 was designed, first and foremost, to be operated with a keyboard and mouse. iOS and Android were both built from the ground up to be touch-first (not neccessarily touch-exclusive, however) devices, which automatically puts them head-and-shoulders above any Windows 7 skin. This new ASUS hardware looks absolutely wonderful, but I can’t help but imagine how amazing it would be with a software set that was built primarily for this type of device. To summarize all of this: I can’t help but feel the inclusion of Windows 7 on this tablet is just as good of a fit as putting square wheels on a car.

UPDATE: It appears that ASUS has announced that they are looking to put Android on the eeePad. A very wise move, indeed.