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    Hi all,

    I am part of that 33 percent are you, even though I want a webOS pad, if I decide I want a pad at all?

    Take care,

    jay

    33% Of Americans Want Keyboard With Their Tablet; Should Android Makers Step Up?
    By Eric Lai | September 22, 2010, 4:31pm PDT

    33% Of Americans Want Keyboard With Their Tablet; Should Android Makers Step Up? | ZDNet

    Two statistics from Zogby Internationalís recent survey of American consumers and tablets jumped out at me.

    The first: more than half (56%) of Americans buying a tablet would prefer a device at a lower cost (preferably under $300) even if it means getting a 2-year data contract from an operator, versus paying a higher upfront price for a tablet with no contract.

    I think there are two ways to interpret that:

    1) we Americans plan to use the tablet on the go and thus see a lot of value in a 3G or 4G data plan;

    2) we Americans are so bad at math that we donít realize that the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for a $300 tablet with even a cheap data plan (say $20 a month) would cost more than most tablets within 1-2 years ($540 in 1 year, $780 after two years, vs. $499 for a 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad).

    Iíll give us a little benefit of the doubt and say itís a mix of both

    The second stat from the survey (full disclosure: sponsored by employer, Sybase) that jumped out was this: 33% of Americans want a physical keyboard with their tablet.

    What does it all mean? Here are four interpretations:

    1) Mainstream Americans havenít been exposed to latest-generation multi-touch interfaces (iPhone, iPad, Android, HP TouchSmart PCs, even Microsoftís Surface computer), so they cling to a keyboard like a security blanket.

    2) Mainstream Americans have tried out touchscreen-only phones like the iPhone and dual keyboard/touch models like the Droid X, Palm Pre, BlackBerry Torch, and they still prefer the latter hybrid.

    3) Americans sometimes tell surveyors one thing but do another. I say this b/c a tablet w/keyboard sounds suspiciously like a convertible laptop/tablet. Those have existed in the Windows market for almost a decade but have never taken off.

    4) Americans want to do real work on their tablets. Thatís supported by data from investment bank Goldman Sachs, which surveyed enterprises and found that 37% already support tablet computers, and another 19% expected to support them within 2 years.

    Whatever the interpretation, 33% is a pretty fair slice of a market which Goldman Sachs predicts will grow to 16 million tablets worldwide this year, and 35 million in 2011.

    So will manufacturers start releasing Android tablets with keyboards?

    I say Android because there is no shortage of Windows 7-based convertible tablet PCs, despite none of them being particularly popular.


    Lenovoís U1 hybrid is the rare Android tablet that comes with a keyboard. Should vendors step up and make more?

    An Android tablet would be a significant sign, showing that manufacturers believe that demand for a keyboard exists on consumer-owned devices, not IT-bought enterprise laptops.

    It would also hint that consumers plan to use these tablets at least partly at the office, possibly as part of their companyís ĎBring Your Own DeviceĎ program.

    So far, the closest thing Iíve seen is the Lenovo U1, a Windows 7 laptop with a detachable screen that can serve as its own Android-based tablet. That, however, isnít slated for release until January, and then China only.

    It would seem natural for RIM to produce a tablet with a keyboard. Apart from the Storm and Storm 2, every BlackBerry smartphone has come with a QWERTY keyboard. But for its coming Blackpad, the rumored specs donít include a keyboard.

    Even Archos, which has the broadest lineup of Android tablets, isnít putting a physical keyboard on any of its models.

    One way to avoid building the Windows-style convertible laptop/tablet is to use a low-profile Ďthumbableí keyboard that slides out from behind the tablet when needed, but donít add much weight and keep the tablet sleek.
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    I'm just going to comment on the title. Accessory makes could certainly make attachable keyboards for a tablet to meet that demand without having to actually design an entire tablet hardware around a niche market. I've actually seen a keyboard designed to make the iPhone act like a flip-around keyboard phone.
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    I wonder how many of those people have played with an ipad.
    I like the keyboard on my pre, vs. my iphone.
    That being said. I don't want a keyboard on my ipad.
    The ipad is extremely easy to type on.
    If I am going to write a grad school paper, or something long...
    I use a foldable small, bluetooth keyboard.

    But on a Southwest flight to Vegas three weeks ago, I typed 3 pages using the onscreen.
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    then those 33% of people need to buy a netbook lol
    @agentmock

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    Quote Originally Posted by ApplelessthanPalm View Post
    I think it should be an optional thing, similiar to the choice of a 3g contract. Maybe two of the same tablets just one is designed to have a slideout or even upfront
    That's why I was saying just have it be an accessory. It's not difficult to make that type of accessory if the demand is there and it saves on production model runs of the actual tablet.
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    I'm sure, I would wager a guess that the 33% could very well be made up of people who've never even tried a virtual keyboard, it could simply be a not liking change situation.
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    Do people not realize that a physical keyboard is available for the iPad via either bluetooth or a dock?
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    67% don't want a keyboard then.

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