One of the perks of writing reviews is being in on the beginnings of a hardware product line and watching it mature as time goes by. I have fond memories of the birth, maturation and, sometimes, the death of several wonderful lines. PDAs were started by the Palm Pilots, then challenged by WinCE and a slew of other challengers. I’m still enjoying that ride tremendously because they have grown into today’s Smartphones.
Tablet devices are the latest devices that we’re watching grow. Just a year ago they were still crude mash-ups that were poor shadows of real computers. In just over twelve months they have blossomed into great little powerhouses that have literally killed the Netbook market.
Many thanks to the iFruit company for their iPads, they have caught people’s imagination and have created a whole new industry. Whether all of the non-iFruit products will thrive, or even survive, is still open to question. As a matter of fact, the health of all of the iFruit company’s products are questionable since the loss of Mr. Jobs. We’re still enjoying the Tablet ride and will continue to review them regularly.