[ATTACH=RIGHT]16308[/ATTACH]Coming soon from Samsung: a new tablet computer designed to compete in the iPad market. Running the Android operating system from Google, it will be smaller than the iPad, with a 7-inch screen instead of the iPad's 9.7 inches. The release is currently scheduled for third quarter of this year. The revelation came on the heels of the appearance of [URL="http://www.unwiredview.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/137661940.jpg"]an image of the new device[/URL] being presented. rumors of such a device have been around since the beginning of this year under a variety of names including [URL="ttp://www.crunchgear.com/2010/07/30/samsungs-tablet-android-7-inch-screen-august-11th-announcement/"]Galaxy Tab[/URL], [URL="http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/17/samsung-galaxy-tab-p1000-tablet-sports-wifi-and-3g-data-about-a/"]P1000[/URL], and [URL="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/33477/first-sighting-samsung-spad-ipad"]sPad[/URL]. The Android operating system, which is Linux-based, …

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It's always exciting to hear about new technology like the tablet, and the idea of a new Apple tablet is one that sets us all aglow. But while we wait seemingly endlessly for Apple to come through (or not) with its long-rumored product, other manufacturers are flirting with the same idea, and it has me wondering why we need a new device category like tablets at all--beyond short-term technology titillation. Not only that, we've seen a similar device in the past and it turned out, nobody wanted it. [B]Is There a Compelling Need?[/B] We aren't really looking for another form …

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