Looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer before we can get our hands on the much-anticipated Android tablet from Motorola. Rumored to hit Verizon this holiday season, the device, codenamed Stingray, may have been delayed until early 2011 according to Sanjay Jha, Motorola’s CEO.
Oddly enough, not only has the tablet been delayed, Motorola may not have even began to develop its iPad rival. This certainly contradicts seeing the name floating around Verizon’s computer system for some time now, but looks like we’re totally in the dark now when it comes to the tablet’s availability.
During the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference yesterday, Jha had a couple of things to say concerning their entrance into the tablet market:
“I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling. Hopefully, that is early next year.”
While that doesn’t sound too promising, Motorola is likely just covering their ass, as delays are usually inevitable. So, for the time being, it looks like the only decent Android tablet from a big name manufacturer will be the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Before year’s end, we’ll likely see many Android tablets pop up into the world- the Notion Ink Adam hopefully being one of them – but consumers will likely want to go with a well-known manufacturer’s tablet. After all, tablets are nothing more than big toys at this point with very little functionality, but these devices certainly look like it will be the next big thing in mobile computing.
If a consumer really wants a slate device that’s not the Apple iPad, their choices of quality tablets will be far and few between. The spec-nerds really looking for a decent tablet may lean towards the Notion Ink Adam, as it’s the fullest-featured tablet we’ve ever seen. That said, even if it is afull week ahead of schedule, the Adam could still face delays.
So, if the Motorola Android slate will be headed for Verizon next year, many people may want to wait it out. Then again, if Best Buy is to have a decent tablet selection for the holiday season, maybe we’ll be surprised with what we find.