updated 06:30 pm EST, Fri January 21, 2011
Toshiba Android 3 tablet site hits iPad on Flash
A discovery on the teaser page for Toshiba's future Tegra 2 tablet has shown that Toshiba is actively chastizing iPad and iPhone users that visit the site. Anyone using iOS is told that it's "such a shame" they couldn't see the Flash page. Rather than present an alternate version, the page simply notes that Android 3.0 would have let them see the Flash presentation as it was originally planned.
"Add this to the list of interesting places on the Internet you can't see on your device," Toshiba said. "Of course, if you had a Toshiba Tablet, you would enjoy the entire Internet. Yep, Flash sites too."
The slap at iPad owners carries a degree of irony as Toshiba has had trouble launching its own tablets. Its first tablet, the Folio 100, shipped without Flash and encountered enough severe hardware and software issues that it was pulled from UK store shelves after complaints from buyers. A major patch released weeks later cleared up most but not all of the problems. Its sequel, the Android 3.0 tablet, won't ship until June and can't offer the Flash experience at all for roughly five more months.
The company also sidestepped solutions that could have let iOS users still access the page and get some or all of the same features, such as by using HTML5. Other tablets that will ship before the Toshiba tablet, including the Motorola Xoom, have product pages that can be seen without having to use Flash.
Many of the technical advantages of Toshiba's device will also come earlier, such as a dual-core processor, 1080p video and dual cameras. These could now include the next iPad. [via AllThingsD]