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Plenty of Tablets At Best Buy This Holiday Season

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 16 comments

If you've been waiting for an iPad contender before jumping on the tablet bandwagon, you'll be pleased to know that you could be the proud owner of a brand new slate before the year is out.

Forbes reports that this holiday season at Best Buy is going to be all about tablets. Though the electronics giant doesn't have any more specific details about what kind of tablets it'll be offering as the year wears on, Shawn Score, president of Best Buy's wireless retail unit, says we can expect more tablets as the holidays draw closer.

"Going into the holidays, we will make tablets a focus," Score told Forbes. "Like e-readers over the last couple years, we think customers will think of Best Buy for tablets and expect us to have the right ones."

We've seen very little in the way of tablets since Apple announced the iPad at the beginning of this year. Though CES and Computex were awash with manufacturers promising tablets in Q3, Q4 and Q1 of 2011, none have declared a concrete release date. The closest we've come was HP's Slate PC running Windows 7, which was shown off at CES, before the iPad was even announced. Despite beating Apple to the punch with an announcement, the company couldn't tell us when to expect the device. In fact, HP released very little information about the Slate, and as the months passed, people got more and more restless. For a while it looked as though we'd see a June launch, but at the end of April, word got out that HP had canned the device and we stopped waiting for a date. HP most recently claimed that Windows and WebOS tablets would arrive at the beginning of next year.

Who would you like to see release a tablet? Let us know in the comments below!

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    house70 , August 24, 2010 1:03 AM
    hope will have more variety than the usual HP/Dell mix.
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    mdillenbeck , August 24, 2010 1:22 AM
    My first tablet PC was a Gateway from Best Buy, been hooked on the full inking experience since. Thus I am not surprised Best Buy is looking into these sub-netbook devices, but within a year of the first release of other models I bet they will only have iPads.

    Alas, as of August 10th Plastic Logic officially announced the Que's death - and the only non-tablet PC tablet device I wanted was the Que with the almost unbreakable plastic screen. *sigh* (No inking ability = no sale, at least for me.)
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    Thor , August 24, 2010 1:46 AM
    Hope a (soon) day to see "ink-color-screen" tablet of REAL 8.5" x 11".
    And to be able to do all what is possible with computer on this kind of tablet (use Internet, run software, and of course READ stuff more confortable than LCD or other "direct light" monitor.

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    benstart , August 24, 2010 2:39 AM
    Asus 12" Pad baby! Dual core, Windows 7 and a keyboard docking station.
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    dEAne , August 24, 2010 3:01 AM
    you look everywhere tablets, lots of choices.
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    willgart , August 24, 2010 3:04 AM
    ExoPC!!!! :) 
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    squallypie , August 24, 2010 4:16 AM
    guys guys guys, they are not gonna sell electronic tablets, its just sleeping tablets!
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    Anonymous , August 24, 2010 8:37 AM
    I stop shopping at best buy a long time ago.
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    hiruu , August 24, 2010 9:39 AM
    HP/M$ missed the boat, as the Slate needed to launch BEFORE the holiday season to start generating buzz to make it a top competitor to the, it's going to jsut be another late arrival. I can't believe M$ has just let this whole year sail by with no response to the Ipad...stupid.
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    crom , August 24, 2010 1:46 PM
    I hate to say it, but unless HP's WebOS or Windows tablet can compete with the iPad, I'm going to be on the fence. From the demos I've seen of the Slate, it seems laggy and slow.
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    jwl3 , August 24, 2010 4:28 PM
    I wouldn't buy anything from Best Buy if they gave it away for free.
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    waikano , August 24, 2010 7:05 PM
    Axon Haptic, or the Lenovo Hybrid are the ones I am looking at. Really like the concept of the courier, but oh well, can't buy something that doesn't exist. This will lessen my load when going to meetings tremendously.
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    rambo117 , August 24, 2010 7:20 PM
    Archos 9 please!!! Not that i'd buy from best buy. NEWEGG FTW!
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    Anonymous , August 25, 2010 1:18 AM
    HP Slate Windows 7. Do not want to purchase a IPad, but they have to get their "doop in a scoop" if you know what I mean! Apple has made a laughing stock out of the competition, not that there is any to speak of at this point in the game.
    Mr. I'm waiting
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    eddieroolz , August 25, 2010 5:56 AM
    They'll try to sell you a RAM installation package with these tablets, I'm sure.
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2010 11:09 PM
    notion ink adam