HTC gets trademark for "Scribe." Tablet anyone?

Posted by Mike Luttrell

Hey, all the cool kids are doing it, so why not? Right, HTC? The flagship Android phone manufacturer apparently now has its eye on making an iPad killer.

When it comes to Android-based devices, few know how to make a better one than HTC. It created the very first phone to run Google's operating system, the G1 way back in 2008.

The company's Scribe name was uncovered in the US Patent Office website, and consulting firm IDC confirmed to Bloomberg News, "This will provide an alternative to the iPad."

IDC director Will Stofega told the publication, "This will compete on pricing, and could be as good or better."

When it comes to tablets, the iPad has it all pretty sewn up but it's missing one thing - an affordable price. And when it comes to tablets, the cheapy Android ones that already exist are missing one thing - quality.

So it looks like HTC is trying to find that perfect sweet spot where price and performance mesh well together without forcing people to spend a whole lot of money.

The only Android tablet doing well on the market so far is Samsung's Galaxy Tab, but at prices of up to $700 it isn't for the faint of heart.

We're sure to hear more about HTC's Scribe next year, hopefully at CES.