Gadget Watch: Others Eye iPad Success

Surprise, surprise! Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s success with its iPad is causing some device vendors to consider the tablet format for the first time, while others reconsider the development work they have already done, we find in this week's gadget roundup.

  • BlackBerry , for one, is said to be working on an enterprise-centric tablet that is "smaller and thinner than the iPad" and uses the BlackBerry operating system. The BlackBerry Leaks blog reports that the device, supposedly codenamed "BlackPad" could be launched this time next year. Unsurprisingly, RIM isn't confirming any of these details so far.

  • With the iPad setting the pace for tablet design, HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) may be rethinking its existing tablet project. HP's acquisition of Palm Inc. may mean that it uses WebOS on a tablet, rather than its existing Windows 7-based "Slate" design, according to CNET. This wouldn't be good news for Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), The Seattle Post-Intelligencer suggests, claiming that Redmond is already losing the mobile tablet war.

  • If Apple is going shun Flash, Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE) appears to have an alternative it wants to show off: an Android-based tablet prototype that supports the video software. Watch the video from ZedoMax below:

  • Back on the iPad proper, a blogger is trying find out if there are any limits on the $30 unlimited 3G data plan from AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). So far, so good -- Zach Epstein from Know Your Cell reports that he has downloaded over 30GB in two days of testing over the AT&T network with triggering any kind of cap. As PC Mag notes the average iPhone user consumes about 1GB of data over the course of four months.

  • The ever-helpful San Francisco Chronicle says it has a way for developers to enable multitasking on the iPad. Multitasking won't be introduced on the iPad by Apple until this fall.

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    — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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