There are cost benefits for buyers of tablets without 3G/4G connectivity, but there's another reason that may be even more important to consumers.
The mobile space is exploding with smartphones in every pocket and tablets on the horizon. James Kendrick brings you the latest news from the mobile world and a breakdown of what it means to you. If it is tech and it moves, you'll find it here.
James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long.
The first thing I do with a new gadget is test it for mobile blogging potential. The HP TouchPad is serving that role well using simple apps and the cloud.
I get at least a dozen requests a day to recommend one gadget or another to someone. My response is always the same -- I do not make gadget recommendations.
The iPad Travel Express bag can fit any tablet similar in size to the iPad, including the HP TouchPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It is a good bag for day trips with the slate and accessories.
Does a special deal for the HP TouchPad indicate that sales are low? Not likely, it's probably just business as usual at HP.
With smartphones and tablets becoming the norm, it is possible to make them all work with the desktop to create a productive system that has all of the pieces working together.
Touch tablets are appearing everywhere as they are selling by the millions. A good touch interface is crucial for a tablet app to yield a good experience for the user.
Skype video calls are now possible on most mobile platforms, and the reality of being always on may be a disadvantage.
The HP TouchPad has a vibrant homebrew community that makes patches available to help speed things up. It is possible to overclock the TouchPad, turning it into one of the fastest tablets around.
New models of the BlackBerry Bold and Torch product lines have been announced running the BlackBerry 7 OS. It is not likely they will stem the desertion of BlackBerry customers underway.