I’ve been in numerous discussions recently about the consumerization of IT and the adoption of devices. There are concerns about people dragging personal devices into the workplace and controlling their use. I was fascinated to see the announcement from right here in HP of a tablet device running Android with a printer thrown in (Photosmart eStation), or is it the other way around. Either way, I wasn't expecting devices dragging devices into the workplace.
The printer includes a Web browsing tablet with WiFi and a 7-inch diagonal screen. It is pre-loaded with applications including a music player, browser, Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore and Yahoo mail, search, weather and messenger.
When it’s not being used, the tablet sits in a dock on the printer and works as a control panel and digital photo frame.
The Android-powered tablet apparently doesn’t let you load applications. It may not meet everyone’s needs but it looked worth checking out – definitely at that price. The tablet has a freescale i.MX51 CPU that runs between 4-6 hours on a charge.
I think this is worth checking out even if this tablet/printer bundle is nothing more than a signpost on the road to the future.