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Microsoft's Courier detailed, might arrive by Christmas

By Matthew ยท 33 replies
Mar 5, 2010
  1. Although it was first exposed last September, Microsoft's Courier tablet device has mostly been shrouded in secrecy -- until now. Engadget has received a handful of details from an "extremely trusted source." According to the unnamed tipster, the Courier will serve as a "digital journal," and is engineered for ultimate portability.

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  2. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Posts: 345

    I wonder how good the Handwriting recognition is?

    What if you are a Doctor?
  3. ourboyblue

    ourboyblue TS Rookie Posts: 19

    <What if you are a Doctor?>

    if your a doctor you don't care, you don't have to read it.

    It looks nice, seems like a huge step up from apple's pad and phone os.
  4. ourboyblue

    ourboyblue TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Oh, I forgot, yeah, I want one.
  5. danteoz

    danteoz TS Enthusiast Posts: 42

    I wonder how much one will cost, i've been looking at different tablets,hopefully they will beat out Apple in price, since it could easily beat the OS
  6. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

    Very impressive, I'd actually own one. Let's hope they release it world wide at launch and not US only. I'd own a HD Zune if they were available in Canada.
  7. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    I hope it is compatible with a keyboard. As cool as writing on this device seems, it is much faster to type that url than that person took to write it.

    Browsing would be too slow if it were handwritten.
  8. theoscentral

    theoscentral TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Whoa, I like how the pages get smaller when you activate the search!!! Sweet!
  9. thats it...? this is gona beat the ipad?......
  10. All they have to do to beat ipad is make it more lifestyle enhancing then the ipad. Id much rather be able to use this as a fully functional comp downloading streaming ect. make it have all the things ipad lacks dont charge me 200$ extra to surf the web dont jail me to only microsoft products and last of all kick apples butt into the ground they have gone on to long unanswered......... go Microsoft!!!!
  11. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Evangelist Posts: 403   +282

    A giant Iphone, or a sweet courier tablet? Somehow I think this courier will be a sweeter piece of hardware. It will probably have a bigger hard drive and more ram because Apple hasn't figured out that these components are cheap. I saw this thing a while ago. I would buy one.
  12. elroacho72

    elroacho72 TS Rookie Posts: 102

    Any thing but an ipad. I think Microsoft is answering Apple's Ipad quite nicely here.
  13. windows 7 handwriting recognition is excellent , so if anything like that it will be awesome.
  14. Very nice tablet! The best so far, very nice touch gestures.
  15. Funny, and the PC in the background running XP + IE6?? :)
  16. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,201   +1,647

    It has a really cool interface, but it seems too focused on books. A more windows design would have been better.
  17. megrawab

    megrawab TS Rookie Posts: 93

    This would be more useful for busy people so that they could carry their schedule with ease and mobility. The input method is gives less fatigue. Do you also have an update on Microsoft's project Gazelle? Present articles state that this browser project would surpass the performance of all other browsers in the present. :)
  18. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    I hope this will crush the ipad into tiny pieces. The lack of freedom on apple mobile devices such as the ipod,iphone and ipad is astounding and jailbreaking is pretty much the only way to go.
  19. I think its more of a digital notepad with internet access than anything else and well, I have yet to find a device which can possible be a good replacement as a pen and paper notepad.

    The Ipad is more of a giant Ipod touch in my honest opinion.
  20. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 TS Rookie Posts: 143

    Priceton has got most of my thoughts covered, if this is executed right with great features, customization, self upgrade ability, a great app selection like Firefox's add-ons or the Apple store, and the right price the iPad will fall most definitely.
  21. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 TS Addict Posts: 199   +53

    Looks like a cool device. If the price is reasonable enough i would buy one in a heartbeat.
  22. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 177

    Cool tablet, sweet features and nice gestures
    I hope the handwriting recognition is decent, it will have good connectivity options and a reasonable price..
  23. pipopaz

    pipopaz TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Now thats is innovation! Hope I can get one this year.
  24. jacob007

    jacob007 TS Rookie Posts: 25

    So, the real question is.....

    Is 2 Big iPod touches better than 1 Big iPod Touch?
  25. AfricanTech

    AfricanTech TS Rookie Posts: 69

    It looks very good - better than ipad - traditionally MS products attract good third party support. And it mimics a book for reading - i.e. two pages side by side - I mean when last have you read a book that is a single page!

    Horrible music in the endgadget video though - I mean really, you could hardly hear the narrator.
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