I've spent the last week or so playing with my iPad 2, which is my first iPad/tablet, and I thought I'd put this out there. Since this is a forum, I hope you all approach the subject with your own constructive contributions, but of course you'll probably do nothing of the sort. I mean really, what should I expect? What does an iPad killer need? 1.) The tablet pc doesn't have a physical keyboard. Apple is looking at the problem of the keyboard. (that isn't to say they are only looking at things this way, but so far they've put forth re-worked keyboards) Someone should be thinking of the problem of input. That is what we're trying to figure out. The keyboard isn't the answer, it's the problem. What is our input threshold? Well, thought is, wouldn't you say? I can't input faster than I can think. You could argue this next point, but the speed of thought is roughly the same as the speed of speech. If my thought is language-based (or if the part of my thought that I want to input is language-based) then I'm not going to think much faster than i can form the words, in my head or with my mouth. So far no one has put all their eggs in the speech recognition basket. You'd have to be nuts! But if someone could do this well it'd be an iPad killer (well ok, if everything else about it sucked, maybe not). This is where input will go. I feel like you're going to get really angry about this and say that speech recognition software has been around on the pc since the bronze age and it's never gone anywhere. Won't happen. But input is a new problem for the ultra-portable device. It's why 7" screens don't work. (well that and mcdonalds has made American fingers too fat to do much more than mash indiscriminately at a surface that "small") There are a thousand problems you could point to as to why this will never happen, and all of those problems need to be worked out, but you could point to a thousand reasons why the tablet would never happen, etc. The winner is always the guy that figures out the impossible. 2.) The ecosystem. You can't join it, you can't do without it, and you can't beat Apple's. Well *****. Where do you go with that? Android? Maybe. I think again though using iOS as a model or a benchmark isn't going to breed iPad killers. Being a part of the "everyone else" club is neither a mark for or against, I suppose. Integration needs to happen. Software needs to happen. Although I think it would be ballsy if someone built a model that rejected apps. A return to real software. Keep angry birds, we'll give you developed work that does more than toss birds at glass houses. The development costs of this would be prohibitive and that's probably why you won't see it (done well), but this is the other extreme that exists as the inverse possibility in regard to android, with apple straddling the two (closed OS/Restricted Apps). Maybe there are other options, too, or at least, logically/linguistically they are there to be expressed, although I'm not going to do that here. Maybe the answer to ecosystem is to earn your keep somewhere else. This is apple's pièce de résistance. Just stay out of this fight. (this is sort of the f@ck angry birds approach I'd mentioned earlier) 3.) Multitasking. Apple's multitasking is cumbersome. I know, I know, I do love charging up overnight and being good for the whole day, but I've got two cores, damn it! I want to run two side-by-side apps in landscape, or two vertically stacked apps in portrait. I don't buy that running email next to safari is going to devastate my battery. The problem is more that programs run in the background indefinitely and eat up processing/battery power. That shouldn't keep me from watching a YouTube video while I write an email. Cry all you want, this could be done and it would not significantly impact battery life, as long as the apps don't run background. Someone is going to do this soon, so beating apple to the punch would be a good idea.(actually, I don't know for sure that someone hasn't? Well, if they have, good on ya, but turn off those background tasks! That just doesn't matter much to me or most other people.) Conclusion.) Imagine it friends! A device that you talk to instead of type into. It runs all the programs you can fit on the screen and still use. It has distinctive proprietary software that you just can't get for 99 cents in an app store. It's made mostly of myrrh and adamant, but the screen is made out of condensed puppy-love extract... I don't know, but as I said before... Flame on!