Apple CEO Tim Cook set off another round of questions about hybrid computing devices when, during Apple’s earnings conference call Tuesday, he took a dig at Microsoft and Intel’s plans for hybrid tablet-laptops.
“You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going be pleasing to the user,” Cook said.
(Microsoft’s PR chief, Frank Shaw, shot back via Twitter: “must be a typo. it’s not a toaster/fridge. It’s a toaster/oven. Those seem pretty popular. Just saying. #win8 #toasterovenFTW”)
Intel and Lenovo have already shown off some buzzed-about prototypes for such hybrid devices, including Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga, in which the screen of a notebook flips back completely to become a tablet, to Intel’s reference design called Cove Point, in which the notebook screen slides down atop the keyboard to become a tablet.
So: What do you think? Are hybrid tablet-notebooks like toaster-ovens: the best of both worlds? Or like toaster-fridges: the worst? Take our poll: