I haven’t drunk the iPad KoolAid … yet anyway. I probably could live without multi-tasking, or having to use adapters for USB and SD. But I just don’t get a web consumption device that can’t view the considerable part of the Web that uses Adobe Flash. And I mean considerable. Per this 5:26 video from NetBookNews, Flash is used in 85% of the top 100 websites, 75% of videos and 70% of casual games.
An HP Slate was unveiled at CES 2010. Still little is known about it. However, it will run Adobe Flash, and also Air. Think this is an April Fool’s joke? Well, watch the video, which does an excellent job of showing the many and varied uses of Flash and Air on the Web.
The video also tells us that the HP Slate will be available “later this year.” My advice: Better makes that sooner than later, before the iPad develops too much traction.
I’m curious about the news in the coming weeks about the reactions of iPad users to the iPad’s lack of support for Flash and Air. Or maybe there will be some workarounds? We’ll likely learn more soon.