Ugly Dell convertible Windows 7 tablet is ugly

Summary:A couple of years ago mobile was all about netbooks. Now, thanks to the success of the iPad, it's all about tablets, and one thing that these tablets show is that OEMs are having a hard time making them look stylish.

A couple of years ago mobile was all about netbooks. Now, thanks to the success of the iPad, it's all about tablets, and one thing that these tablets show is that OEMs are having a hard time making them look stylish.

Let's take a look at the 10-inch "convertible Windows 7 tablet" that Dell unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum yesterday. OK, here you go:

Yuck.

Let me explain. First, what's that huge bezel jazz surrounding the tablet. Seems to me that a good 30% of the "screen" consists of bezel and surround.

The transformation from tablet to notebook/netbook type thing is inelegant to say the least. It's like Optimus Prime transforming from a clumsy robot into a clumsy truck ... oh wait ...

Just look how tiny and silly that screen looks ...

Oh, and yes, it plays Plants vs. Zombies:

Watching the video I'm not also not getting the impression that this thing is easy and intuitive to use. It comes across to me as clumsy and slow and cumbersome.

Topics: Laptops, Dell, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Tablets, Windows

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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