It’s been pretty clear for the last few months that Asus is working on a tablet PC or two… and now Forbes has confirmed that the company will put out “at least two” tablets soon. Forbes spoke with Asus chairman Jonney Shih recently, who told the magazine that one will likely run Windows 7 while the other will probably run either Google Chrome OS or Google Android.
Both tablets will be designed to handle multimedia content, but there’s a pretty big difference between a tablet running Windows and one running Chrome or Android.
An Android tablet would be most like the Apple iPad it will likely compete with, since both platforms offer a smartphone-like user experience and the ability to run third party apps from an app store (although Google doesn’t officially make the Android Market available for Android devices that aren’t smartphones). Google Chrome OS is primarily a web-centric platform, as the operating system is built around the Chrome web browser and most apps will be web apps.
Windows 7 tablets, on the other hand, have the advantage (and disadvantage) of being able to run virtually any Windows program. While there are millions of apps available, they aren’t necessarily designed for finger or stylus input, which can make the user experience on Windows tablets a bit more hit or miss.