Ugly Dell convertible Windows 7 tablet is ugly

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.

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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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  • Ew

    You're right.... That is ugly. Where is the simplicity the HP Slate had? <A Href="http://www-bgr-com.vimg.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/12slate_CA1-popup-600x480.jpg">This</A> is what a tablet should look like. The Galaxy Tab too, is a nice looking model. This isn't :(

    At least they are trying to do something with Windows based touch computing.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • Well...

      at least Dell has what little dignity it has left to come out with something that doesn't look exactly like an Apple product. Seriously, does EVERYTHING need to look like an iPhone or iPad in some way to sell? Maybe it does. But yeah, this thing is ugly. The color doesn't help.
      CowLauncher
      • RE: Ugly Dell convertible Windows 7 tablet is ugly

        @CowLauncher
        The fact is, Apple has generally great aesthetics. Their designs are simple and elegant. That is one reason they sell a lot of product (UI would be another big reason). So, it makes sense that many companies are trying to emulate their look.

        I will agree, however, that it would be nice if some of these other players put some solid design time in and came up with something original.
        tmhale13
      • RE: Ugly Dell convertible Windows 7 tablet is ugly

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  • RE: Ugly Dell convertible Windows 7 tablet is ugly

    Seriously, that thing acted buggy. The marketing manager put up with that? How many times did he have to click it to get it to operate?

    Steve Jobs isn't worried about this sort of clownish product....
    mtgardenghi
    • You are aware that it's still a prototype.. Right?

      @mtgardenghi
      They aren't anywhere near ready to deliver it yet. OK... So it's a work in progress. Hopefully, they'll have someone who's a bit less colorblind choose the colors as well.
      Wolfie2K3
      • RE: Ugly Dell convertible Windows 7 tablet is ugly

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  • Nice Headline....

    Are you five years old?
    condelirios
  • RE: Ugly Dell convertible Windows 7 tablet is ugly

    Dude! It's a Dull!
    Brickell
  • RE: Ugly Dell convertible Windows 7 tablet is ugly

    Ok, I get that it's ugly... and would probably laugh at someone actually using the thing. But that headline is a wee bit redundant.
    Badgered
    • RE: Ugly Dell convertible Windows 7 tablet is ugly

      @Badgered

      Agreed! :)
      mustang_z
    • He's merely tweaking an old meme...

      @Badgered
      You know - "Drama Cat is dramatic" or "Hungry Cat is Hungry"... And not doing a good job of it.
      Wolfie2K3
  • look at that incredibly responsive (not!) screen..

    how productive can you actually be when you have to click or flick the screen 3-4 times to get it to react.. the screen size to bezel is kind of ridiculous..
    doctorSpoc
    • RE: Ugly Dell convertible Windows 7 tablet is ugly

      @doctorSpoc

      I would be ashamed to show a video like this. It makes presenter look inept
      durocher1766
    • The bezel may be ugly, but necessary...

      @doctorSpoc
      If you think bout it... It's gotta be sturdy enough to support the screen as it swings around. It also has to maintain connectivity with the rest of the unit. Notice the screen doesn't turn off as he swings it around. That means power and data are flowing the whole time.
      Wolfie2K3
  • RE: Ugly Dell convertible Windows 7 tablet is ugly

    Isn't that bezel size to accommodate the keyboard as it turns into a netbook? Just curious. Seems like that's a trade off. If you want a built in keyboard it has to take up some extra real estate.
    sheilahoff
    • RE: Ugly Dell convertible Windows 7 tablet is ugly

      But can't you then increase the screen size to match the keyboard? At least where the gloss black plastic is, get rid of that & add a few more pixels! (like a lap top, the screen is mostly screen). but then again that extra bezel area is prime realestate for all sorts of MFG whats inside stickers! ;-)~
      jhimes
    • As I posted above...

      @sheilahoff
      The bezel has to support the screen physically AND it has to maintain communication with the screen - in the form of power, video signal and the touch elements. They may have also incorporated wireless antennas and other stuff in the bezel as well.

      It's also got to be rugged enough to last at least a couple of years.
      Wolfie2K3
    • RE: Ugly Dell convertible Windows 7 tablet is ugly

      @sheilahoff

      This is the first device I've seen with two bezels. It's just a fail in engineering all around. This is one of those just because it can be done doesn't mean it should be done.
      dave95.
  • eWaste

    That little tablet is called eWaste if you ask me. Why would you want to buy something that doesn't eye nice and doesn't perform like the iPad or the promising Samsung Galaxy ?
    TxM2xTx