Dwight Silverman on the swirling speculation about a new Microsoft Zune HD or an Apple iPad; both smaller than a netbook, but larger than an iPhone or iPod touch.
In looking at these two developments in parallel - and applying the important caveat that neither are formally announced products, and this is all speculation - we may be seeing the birth of a new category: the coffee-table computer.
There’s some merit to the thought of such a device, which becomes, more or less, an additional device instead of a replacement device.
This would be a device slightly bigger than a true handheld, but smaller than a traditional notebook computer. It sits on your coffee table, available to watch a quick YouTube clip, search for the name of that guest star on House, watch a music video your boyfriend told you about or buy that present for your mom’s birthday, which you almost forgot, you cad!
I use my iPod touch for exactly that purpose.