The Google Slate

Or the gSlate , Android Slate, Tabula Android, Chrome Slate, Nexus S Slate, whatever – but anything is better than Mac’s iPad* (pronounced, Max-iPad – in other news, ob pulls the plug).

In the environment where the iPhone (and the iPad) is now with Verizon, Windows is playing catch the smartphone, Google has a dog in the fight, HP plans a tabular comeback and Nokia is way too quiet (remember these? – me either), 2011 might be the year of the not-so-blank slate.

The point? There’s not really a point – I’m just happy to see more people getting into the tablet and smartphone arena. I’ve been waiting for this since I first read Ender’s Game, and it seems we might actually end up with the sci-fi society we’ve always dreamed of (see update below) – even if there are no moon bases in the near future (because, hey, we’ve been there, done that).

*But why would Apple seriously name their latest boost to technology something as stupid as iPad? I get it – it’s a pad and it’s made by Apple, so it’s got to be iSomething – but that’s a different rant, and I’m sure my friends are sick of hearing me talk about it.

UPDATE: OK – Ender’s Game isn’t really the sci-fi future I’m looking for – I just liked that the kids got those cool school tablets…