New research from Boston Consulting Group suggests both the iPad and its tablet rivals from companies such as Dell, Toshiba and Samsung will have a big influence on the growth of e-books, newspapers and magazines.
The survey of more than 14,000 consumers in 16 markets around the world, including Australia, predicted that e-books would ride on the back of the popularity of tablets as the next "must have" device.
Patrick Forth, head of BCG's Asia-Pacific media practice, said already 54 per cent of Australian consumers were familiar with tablets and e-readers, a 14 per cent jump on a year ago.
He said that dedicated e-readers had prepared the market for more advanced multimedia tablets.
On the eve of the latest iPad announcement, we catalog the additions that would take Apple's top tablet from excellent to downright awesome.
t's been a year since Apple took the wraps off its first tablet. In those past 12 months, the iPad hasn't had too much serious competition, and has easily dominated the tablet market. But with the recent introduction of Google's tablet-specific Honeycomb Android OS on devices like the Motorola Xoom, the tablet space is finally starting to get interesting.
And while other companies like HP, Motorola, and RIM are releasing first-generation tablets, Apple is set to unveil its second-gen iPad tomorrow. The invites have been sent, and the blogosphere is bursting with all sorts of ideas about what the 'iPad 2' might look like. But as anyone who follows Apple knows, nothing is certain until it's unveiled on stage in San Francisco. Here are 11 ways Apple could knock it out of the park with its next iPad:
Will Random House, the world's largest publisher, get a special nod at the highly anticipated Apple event tomorrow?
A day before Apple is expected to unveil the next-generation iPad, Random House announced that it will join the other "big six" publishers in adopting an agency model for e-books, paving the way for inclusion in the Apple iBookstore.
Under the agency sales model, Random House will set consumer prices for e-books and provide retailers with a commission for each sale. Under the traditional wholesaler sales model, used by brick-and-mortar stores and initially embraced by Amazon, the retailer sets the e-book price.
Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video Review! Today we take a look at the new Elocity A7 internet tablet. This is one of the best tablets we have reviewed in the last two or three months and we are very impressed by its features.
The eLocity A7 is a 7 inch capacitive color touch screen tablet with a resolution of 800×480 pixels. Bundled with the A7 is also an ambient light sensor to automatically dim or brighten the screen depending on your environment. It runs on a NVIDIA Tegra II T-250, 1~1.2GHz, 1MB L2 Cache processor with is powered by a NVIDIA ULP GeForce graphics card. Internal memory is relegated to 4 GB and can further be enhanced up to 32 GB via MicroSD card. It also has 512 MB of 667 MHZ RAM and runs Google Android 2.2 for the operating system.
The 7-inch A-TAB is designed as an entertainment device and allows users to browse the web, read and send email, watch videos, listen to music, play games and read e-books.
"The tablet computer is now more affordable than ever before. The A-TAB will change the way people surf the internet and the state-of-the-art technology will provide a rich user experience. We are committed to providing our customers with the best and most advanced technology and the A-TAB is an exceptional piece of equipment at a very attractive price point," said Ajoy Mathew, general manager, AFTRON.
The tablet runs on the Android 2.1 operating system, features 4GB of built-in memory and comes with a USB 2.0 and MicroSD card slot upgradable up to 16GB. The A-TAB is 0.48 inches thick and weighs 0.5kgs. Users can connect to the internet using Wi-Fi.
New Android-powered rivals to the iPad are to be launched at CeBIT, the world’s biggest technology fair, which opens today.
Devices using Google’s Android Honeycomb operating system, designed specifically for tablets, have been tipped to challenge the Apple product – with companies such as Asus and Dell showing off their efforts at the CeBIT fair in Hannover, Germany.
They will join other Honeycomb-powered tablets such as the Motorola Xoom - already out in the US - and the upcoming 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab and the 3D-capable LG Optimus Pad.
‘It might be the first time tablets are coming out that can compete with the iPad – and they ought to be cheaper too,’ said Computeractive magazine’s Anthony Dhanendran.
With over a hundred tablets expected to come to market this year looking to take on the iPad, Apple's unveiling of its second-generation tablet on Wednesday will be a critical moment for the company, one analyst believes.
Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities said in a note to investors on Tuesday that he believe's Apple's iPad 2 event, to be held on Wednesday, is a "crucial product launch." In particular, he said, analysts will look to see how well Apple handles the debut of its second-generation iPad with Chief Executive Steve Jobs on a medical leave of absence.
"We estimate there are well over one hundred tablets coming to market around the world this year," White said. "Assuming a new iPad is unveiled at this event, we believe Apple must make a convincing case for why the iPad 2 is better than the plethora of competitors coming to market, while at the same time persuading iPad 1 buyers to upgrade to iPad 2."
March 2, 2011
Photos & Info from the Apple iPad 2 Launch!
Steve Jobs apears at the iPad 2 Launch!
"We've been working on this product for awhile, and I didn't want to miss it."
It's in Apple's DNA that technology is not enough. It's tech married with the liberal arts and the humanities. Nowhere is that more true than in the post-PC products. Our competitors are looking at this like it's the next PC market. That is not the right approach to this. These are pos-PC devices that need to be easier to use than a PC, more intuitive." - Steve Jobs
The ipad 2 will ship in both black & white
iPad 2 is faster, thinner and lighter than the original 1Pad
"In addition to having both colors, we have models that work with both AT&T and Verizon."
iPad 2 Shipping March 11, 2011
Front & Rear video cameras & HDMI video output
Steve Jobs: "We did a case for the original iPad. It worked pretty well, but we went to all the trouble to make this beautiful design, but then covered it up with the case. We thought we could do better than this with the iPad 2" ( via Engadget)
Smart cases will be available in 10 colors - 5 Polyurethane $39.00 & 5 Leather cases $69.00
We spent a little time today at a private event being held in New York City, where RIM—makers of the ubiquitous Blackberry--was showing off their upcoming Playbook tablet. We got some hands on time with the device and think it definitely has promise, although a flaky internet connection at the venue made it hard to get at good feel for the browsing experience.
The Playbook’s form factor made it very easy to handle and at under a pound it’s nice and light. The 7” screen (1024x600 resolution) had good viewing angles all around and it felt very responsive when navigating through various menus on the device and typing on the on-screen keyboard. Browsing the web (when the connection at the venue was working) was also quite snappy, and because the Playbook has full support for Flash, there were no limitations when viewing sites with Flash-based video or ads.
Intel® Core™ i5 processor, Windows 7 and 12.1-inch capacitive screen make the Eee Slate EP121 the most capable and versatile tablet computer available
With its large multi-touch display and Intel® Core™ i5 processor, the ASUS Eee Slate EP121 delivers the ultimate combination of performance and portability in a tablet design. Powered by Windows 7 Home Premium, the Eee Slate runs the same software as any desktop or notebook PC, so it’s perfect for mobile users who need to both create and consume content.
The Eee Slate EP121 is a powerful tablet computer that meets the needs of both consumers and business users. The fact it received an Innovations Award at CES 2011 is a clear testament to the innovation and technology behind it. “This unique PC provides a great combination of productivity, entertainment and social networking that we believe delivers a no-compromise mobile computing solution.”— Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of the OEM Division at Microsoft Corporation.
Executive Jet Management will soon be ditching paper in favor of the Apple iPad for their in-flight map needs. The private company has been approved after months of testing by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use the 9.7-inch Apple iPad and a map application titled “Mobile TC” for flight maps.
The Executive Jet Management has been for the the past few months doing testing of their own to see if the Apple iPad and the Mobile TC application were the right fit for their pilots. They tested the tablet and application with 10 aircrafts flown by 55 pilots during 250 flights. After testing it was assessed that the application and iPad were “extremely stable”.
A representative from Jeppesen –the makers of Mobile TC– stated their application if it ever was to crash in-use would re-launch to the previous position in “in 4-6 seconds”. During both the FAA and Executive Jet Managements testing there were no application crashes.
Clinique continues its tradition by pioneering the connection between dermatology and cosmetics through a custom-fit beauty experience. It becomes the first cosmetics brand to use the Apple iPad® in-store as part of a state-of-the-art, self-guided skin care diagnostic tool being rolled out this month at select counters nationwide.
Using software exclusive to Clinique on the Apple iPad at Clinique counters, consumers identify their skin care concerns and receive personalized recommendations using a 90-second computer-guided skin care analysis. The diagnostic tool processes over 180,000 product combinations that precisely match each consumer’s personal needs. At the end of the intuitive analysis, consumers receive a printout or email with a list of their custom-fit product recommendations.
Clinique also introduces the following new technologies for 2011:
Clinique is the first beauty brand to use Microsoft Surface® in-store. The Clinique Smart Bar™, an oversized touch screen counter that can detect objects and gestures using the embedded Microsoft Surface unit, is being installed this month at Bloomingdale’s flagship store at 59th Street in NYC
Shipments of tablet PCs could be more than 58 million in 2014, according to market research firm In-Stat.
Tablets are in the very early stages of creating a market, with products such as the Apple iPad and Samsung's Galaxy.
But the expectation is that the markets for tablets in both consumer and business applications will boom in the coming years.
"Although the consumer market is the primary target for tablets right now, the commercial market also represents a potential revenue opportunity for tablet OEMs," said Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist and In-Stat.
According to the market analysis, the market drivers for tablet shipments include an increase in the availability of new media, like magazines and books, as well as web browsing, email, social networks, and video.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs had some choice words today for the tablet PC, a relatively obscure PC product category that never caught on with consumers.
Fujitsu Lifebook T900 Tablet PC. At $1,899, would you buy one of these? Notice the stylus, which never caught on in a big way. It's not that light either at 4.59 pounds.
Fujitsu Lifebook T900 Tablet PC. At $1,899, would you buy one of these? Notice the stylus, which never caught on in a big way. It's not that light either at 4.59 pounds.
What is the tablet PC exactly? While there's a long history of this product category and thus not a hard-and-fast definition, it's probably best exemplified today by hybrids like Hewlett-Packard's EliteBook 2570p (which starts at a whopping $1,599) or the Fujitsu Lifebook T900 Tablet PC (which starts at an even higher $1,899).
The tablet PC has been largely a vain attempt--certainly compared with the popularity of the iPad--to meld the laptop with a tablet, based on the Windows tablet interface.
And Jobs pulled no punches in pointing this out today when speaking at the iPad 2 event today in San Francisco. "We sold almost 15 million iPads in 2010. And remember that's just nine months. That's April through September," he said. "That's more than every tablet PC ever sold. The tablet PC crashed and burned. The modern tablet PC is the iPad."
Apple unveiled the next generation iPad today, the iPad 2, and as expected it is an evolution of the tablet from Cupertino. I won’t detail the specifications of the iPad 2, you can get a good look at it on the Apple web site. Here’s all you need to know about the iPad 2: it’s thinner, lighter, faster, got cameras and is more capable than the iPad, for the same price. Apple had dominated the tablet wars with the original iPad, and with the iPad 2 it is game over.
Almost a year ago, Apple defined the tablet market by introducing the iPad, then had the playing field to itself for most of last year.
Now, just as other tablets are starting to arrive based on such competing operating systems as Google's Android and HP's webOS, Apple is looking to move the goal posts with the new iPad 2 it unveiled here Tuesday.
Jobs also took time to trash-talk the competition as being "just flummoxed" and offer his own definition of the tablet market as a "post-PC" space.
In other words, rival tablet makers that hope to take a bite out of Apple's business by touting the superior specifications of their devices are doing it wrong. Post-PC devices - in Apple's case, the iPod, iPhone and iPad - operate and are seen as appliances, with the sole measure of their worth being ease of use.
But companies such as Samsung, Motorola, HP and Research In Motion might have to solve a more difficult problem first: Beating Apple on price.
Apple's iPad 2 is the lighter, thinner and faster tablet we were all expecting, but it's no revolution.
Even though the new iPad is enough to beat most of the competition, Apple left enough features off the table to yearn for whatever's next. If 2011 is the year of the iPad 2, as Apple claims, here's what I'll be beefing about until 2012:
You're Still Tethered to iTunes : Dave Schumaker of gdgt zinged Apple with a pithy Tweet: "'The iPad is a true post-PC device.' First thing you have to do when you turn on an iPad? Hook it up to a PC." Even if you never sync a single piece of media from a computer to an iPad, you still need iTunes on a PC or Mac to keep the tablet's software up to date. This needs to change.
Pricey Dongles: Want to connect your iPad to a television through HDMI? That'll be $39 for the Apple Digital AV Adapter. Want to transfer photos directly to the iPad without going through iTunes? That'll be $29 for the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit. Maybe I'm a bit spoiled to complain about these things given that the iPad 2's main competitor, Motorola's $800 Xoom, doesn't come close on pricing for the tablet itself, but $68 for a pair of connectivity dongles seems a little unfair.
Hewlett-Packard has unveiled a new tablet PC called TouchPad, a new smart phone - the HP Veer - and an operating system called HP WebOS, at its new HP World in Shanghai.
The company expects to deliver the new products to the market by the end of this year in a bid to expand its global business and customer bases.
The senior vice president of applications and services at HP's Personal Systems Group, Steven McArthur, said the WebOS user interface that powered the HP TouchPad was a breakthrough in the tablet experience. The TouchPad has a 9.7-inch multi-touch display, a virtual keyboard, instant-on access, support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta in the browser and access to WebOS applications.
The new tablet and smart phone are expected to be available by the end of this year and China will be their first market in the Asia-Pacific region. Other countries will then follow.
A Samsung executive reportedly found aspects of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 “inadequate,” following Apple’s introduction of the iPad 2. That comes as speculation grows that Samsung may roll out an 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab later this month.
Apple’s March 2 introduction of the iPad 2 is sending Samsung executives back to the drawing board.
“We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate," Samsung Executive Vice President Lee Don-Joo told the Yonhap news agency, according to Physorg.com, reflecting on how Samsung’s contribution to a market spurred by the original iPad now holds up to Apple’s next-generation tablet. “Apple made it very thin.”
Samsung may already be on to bolstering its tablet portfolio, with rumors that an 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab will be released March 22. Speculation was fueled March 3, when Samsung e-mailed an invitation to journalists to join Samsung executives that day for an event in Orlando, Fla., related to the Samsung tablet portfolio.
10.1" Dual-Boot Tablet Brings to Customers a New Level of Convenience
ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today announced North American availability of the ViewPad 10. Giving users a choice between Windows® 7 and Google Android™ within the same device, this 10.1" dual-boot tablet is ideal for maximizing business productivity alongside entertainment.
"The lines of professional and personal life are blurring, which creates a need for devices that are suited for both sides," said Adam Hanin, vice president of marketing for ViewSonic Americas. "The ViewPad 10 delivers just that by enabling users to merge business productivity with personal enjoyment anywhere, anytime. We are proud of our 10-year tablet history and are dedicated to further extending our tablet product portfolio to meet every individual need."
This is another exclusive we are offering for those loyal fans of Tegatech. It is a sneak peek (low-res) of a video we will use on our soon to be released website. We have done a lot of work to bring the most professional feel possible, and even enlisted the services of professional presenter, television personality and Editor of http://www.TechGuide.com.au - Stephen Fenech (@StephenFenech).
Mecer has entered the tablet PC market in earnest with the launch of their stylish Xpress Business tablet. For the enthusiastic consumer considering a first-time tablet PC purchase, 2011 is providing a flood of exciting new options.
The 990-gram Xpress Business tablet offers a compelling set of features including an 11.6 inch LCD screen, built in camera, wi-fi and optional 3G. The Xpress runs on Windows7 and offers full support for Microsoft Office and a “Hotkey” application which not only supports personal media (such as music, movies and photos), but has embedded Social Media support as well.
The Xpress tablets large screen is optimised for a resolution of 1366 x 768 and the built-in “discrete” video accelerator can display HD videos in true 1080p. You would not be limited to watching videos on the tablet itself, because the mini-HDMI slot allows you to connect a larger monitor to the tablet.
This high resolution screen makes the Xpress a comfortable full-screen e-reader and, together with the gyroscope, allows for motion gaming.
While many of us are going gaga over the Apple iPad 2, its essential to know that there are many other companies out there who want to make a mark in the tablet industry. Although ASUS has not been a known name for tablets, you never know. There’s news that the Taiwanese firm will be making a tablet with some neat specs.
A Russian website called hi-tech.mail.ru, spoke to ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, who told them that ASUS is working on a tablet with 3D display and should be running on a four-core processor most likely manufactured by NVIDIA. So if true, this will be the second tablet (after LG’s Optimus Pad) to boast of a 3D display. Other details include the tablet having an Android OS which seems to be quite obvious till they don’t look for customizing a special operating system.
Launch dates and prices for the tablet have not been mentioned whatsoever but there’s probability of the tablet hitting the market sometime at the end of this year.
Alaska Airlines Pilots Using Them in Cockpit, Quantas offers rentals
Two of the biggest challenges for any air traveler are staying comfortable and keeping occupied, especially during lengthy flights. One airline has come up with a unique solution to this issue, going well beyond the usual in-flight entertainment fare of bad movies and inane magazines.
Jetstar, the low-cost offshoot of Australia-based Qantas Airlines, will next month begin offering Apple iPad tablet rentals to its passengers. The devices can be had for $10 Australian Dollar, which is about the same in U.S. currency, and will be available on all Airbus A320 flights to Australia and Asia.
In air travel, the iPad isn't making its presence felt with just passengers. Alaska Airlines is allowing what it calls a "select group of pilots" to use the tablets in the cockpit, rather than laptops or paper maps and charts, which can weigh as much as 50 pounds.
One of the most feature robust tablets on the market launches worldwide in April for $199.
IN Media Corp. today announced the launch of its new Tablet PC 7, that allows integration of all applications and content in simple touch screen format running the latest Google's Android 2.2 OS.
The Tablet PC 7 is equipped with all the features needed to drive content from entertainment and gaming applications to fully featured business applications. Along with camera, Wi-Fi and SD card removable storage it is also equipped with Bluetooth allowing users to wirelessly connect devices like speakers, earphones, keyboards etc. "We are allowing users to migrate from Laptops and Netbook PCs to the more robust applications supported on the Tablet running Android 2. 2," said IN Media's CEO Dr. Nick Karnik. "The Bluetooth keyboard capability provides a smooth transition," added Karnik.
At $199 SRP the Tablet PC is considered one of the most robust and full featured tablets on the market and is expected to ship in April. The product will be bundled in vertical applications, such as learning and medical, as well as rolled out to the general consumers. General distribution of Tablet PC will begin in April. IN Media also launched its 10 inch Tablet PC using Windows 7 and Android 2.2 OS a few months ago for the Asia market. The 10 inch LCD displays is equipped with both a forward facing camera and HDMI interface, allowing users to video conference and broadcast on large screen HD televisions
Vernon Computer Source, the world's largest global computer rental company, announced that it now has Samsung Galaxy Tabs available for rental.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the first tablet PC to operate on a Google Android OS, and it is well-deserving of its trend-setting reputation.
Sleek and lightweight, the Galaxy Tab was crafted with appearance, functionality and portability in mind. Its design allows it to be something of an attention grabber at expos and events, which is an appealing trait for businesses trying to cultivate a tech-savvy reputation.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a few inches smaller than its main rival, the Apple iPad, but it also has a few other features that set it apart.
Windows-based tablet PC manufacturer Motion is distributed in New Zealand by Simms International. The distributor is holding an official unveiling for interested resellers and retailers later this month.
The product being demonstrated is the new Motion 10.1” CL900 tablet PC. The device is being positioned as a ruggedised Tablet PC running Windows, not as a consumer focused product competing with Apple's iPad.
Android 3.0 Tablet PC! This is the first tablet to come out with the newest operating system by Google. In this video we give you the full review of the Xoom and show you what type of applications it comes bundled with. We also show you the entire hardware and what ports it has. We also break down what pictures, video, music, Youtube Videos and show you the new interface. Also if you are wondering how eBooks look on the Xoom, we show you that too.
“Many have said (iPad) is the most successful consumer product ever launched. Over 90% market share and our competitors were flummoxed.”
The thing about Steve Jobs is that he rarely outright lies, instead opting to look at data in a way that he thinks makes most sense and which contains some shred of validity. I don’t think Steve was far off from the truth saying iPad had 90% market share. Using conservative figures and assumptions, I calculate iPad’s tablet market share at 90% in 4Q10, and nearly 95% for 2010.
The iPad 2, unveiled on Wednesday, offers several sleek improvements over its predecessor. But its most attractive feature is perhaps the same one its predecessor had: the price tag.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is among the many Android-based tablets aiming to unseat the iPad 2.
And what makes that feature even more compelling is that so far, Apple’s competitors in tablets cannot beat or even match it.
The iPad 2, like the original, starts at $499. Apple says that since it introduced the original last April, it has sold 15 million of the devices, generating $9.5 billion in revenue. Analysts say this is only the start of a lucrative market for tablet computers, which could soar as high as $35 billion by 2012.
The Apple iPad 2 is a lovely sliver of a thing. Just 8.8mm thick, the redesigned Apple tablet has lost the sturdy but reassuring book-like corners of the first iPad and is instead svelte like the MacBook Air. The frame around the edge of the 9.7-inch screen is gone too, allowing the finger to glide across the entire surface area in a far more luxurious way.
The iPad 2 is noticeably nippier than the previous model too. It now has a customised for Apple 1GHz dual-core A5 system on a chip that is twice as fast as on the iPad. Though there's no talk of multitasking or the capability to manage the apps you launch on the tablet, the sort of tasks the iPad 2 lends itself to draw heavily on both the processor and the graphics chip. These include on-the-fly video editing using an updated version of iMovie -- now a $4.99 iPad app -- and real-time goofy animations that you can share with friends you're video-chatting to over FaceTime.
Up to 24 hour battery life, smart PC technologies & sleek, usable design
Lenovo announced today the next generation of the best-selling ultraportable laptop of 20101 – the ThinkPad X220 laptop - and the X220 convertible Tablet PC. These PCs give mobile business professionals the full performance and usability found in larger laptops, but in a super ultraportable design. The PCs run up to 75 percent faster than ultraportable competitors that use low-powered CPUs2, feature smart PC technologies for incredibly long battery life up to 24 hours.
24 hour Battery Life for Around the Clock Computing
The ThinkPad X220 offers up to 15 hours of battery life with a standard 9-cell battery. Battery life jumps up to 24 hours by adding the new ThinkPad external battery. The convertible tablet starts under four pounds with its standard 4-cell battery. When combined with a 6-cell battery and the external battery pack, the tablet can run for 16 hours continuously on one charge. Users charge the PCs on the external ThinkPad Battery connected to the PC or separately, and a charge indicator shows when the battery reaches a full charge.
Both the ThinkPad X220 laptop and X220 Tablet feature a 12.5-inch HD screen and self-closing hinges that shut the PCs
For students, mobile sales forces and other mobile professionals working outside, the multitouch tablet now adds a new rough and tough feature to its super bright, 300-nit screen with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass. Already military specifications tested to meet extreme conditions, Gorilla Glass strengthens the screen so it can withstand scratches, scrapes and abuse from the field.
With Apple releasing a second version of the iPad on Friday, it's easy to feel as if that tablet has been around forever. In reality, though, the original iPad shipped less than a year ago--enough time to become familiar with the tablet's ins and outs, but hardly long enough to truly master its controls.
Not to worry--we've assembled this list of tips for subduing the iPad's on-screen keyboard, managing your multitude of apps, searching through the contents of your tablet, and more. Learn these skills, and you'll soon impress everyone with your iPad-savvy, whether you've owned an iPad since day one or if the iPad 2 is your first model
A few weeks ago, we told you about how the FAA authorized the iPad for in-flight use by private jet charter Executive Jet Management. The breaking news allowed the private charter company to start using Jeppesen’s Mobile TC iPad app.
As expected, following the FAA authorization other major airlines have started to seriously consider the use of the iPad as part of commercial flight cockpits.
In case you’re wondering, FAA’s approval of the iPad offers pilots the option of using Apple’s tablet for pre-flight and in-flight course charting, which is a process that have mostly used paper maps for a lot of years.
We’ve also seen how the folks at SportAir USA refurbished a 1930 Piper Cub (called the iCub), and started using an iPad as the glass panel display in front of the pilot
The FAA’s iPad approval, and examples like SportAir, have opened new possibilities for Apple’s tablet. According to Bloomberg, the iPad’s approval “is a step that may speed the end of the decades-old tradition of paper maps in the cockpit.” This is certainly in-line with Apple’s strategy to infiltrate the enterprise segment. It seems that the iPad is becoming an useful tool in the air carrier industry.
Now, you have Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines already testing the iPad for in-flight use. Alaska Airlines spokeswoman, Marianne Lindsey, has confirmed that their pilots are already testing the Apple device for in-flight use. Delta Air Lines is planning to begin testing iPads “and other tablet devices” next quarter, according to spokeswoman Gina Laughlin.
Apple sold around 15 million iPads in 2010, and we estimate that it could sell another 24 million in 2011. We project that this total will continue its steady climb towards 54 million by the end of our forecast period.
We mentioned this concern in our recent note titled Google Brings Honeycomb to the Frontlines of OS Wars. On top of this, Research in Motion is expected to launch its PlayBook tablet in March 2011, and could leverage its dominant position in the enterprise segment to accelerate penetration of the tablet market. These factors will heighten competition in the tablet market and pose a threat to Apple’s position atop the hill.
Consumers tell surveys they want a range of tablet choices that cost less than $524 without binding them to carrier data plans, so Android tabletmakers should start by focusing on Wi-Fi units
Based on a survey by the Institute for Mobile Markets Research, that figure ranges from $351 to $524. The former figure represents the mean amount regarded as such a good value that a consumer would definitely purchase a tablet. The latter price of $524 is the mean response from survey participants who say they'd never pay that much for a tablet. The survey included 814 participants, 38 percent of whom were already "very or extremely interested" in a tablet device, which makes sense. (People who lack interest would be likely to skew prices lower.) There's even a price point that's "too low," with survey respondents finding a mean tablet price of $202 to likely represent a device of "questionable quality."
I expect these results to change over time to further favor Wi-Fi tablets over 3G units as more consumers purchase handsets that can double as mobile-broadband hot spots. Once they better understand that this feature is a monthly service—and not a separate data plan that requires a 24-month commitment—the 3G tablet's appeal diminishes. Some will always want a dedicated connection for their tablet, but by the end of this year, I wouldn't be surprised to see many more Wi-Fi tablets sold, compared to those with a 3G radio.
This sheds light on Apple's other advantage: Few peers in the tablet arena have distribution channels outside of carrier stores. You might find a Samsung tablet in the local Best Buy, for example, but there's no Samsung store to compete with Apple's retail chain. That adds an entirely new layer of complexity and cost risk for non-Apple tablets. These companies have to negotiate with retail stores and possibly give up a cut of profits to get shelf space if they wish to bypass the carriers as their primary distribution channel.
Toshiba is getting ready to launch its first Android Honeycomb tablet in the following months, and the company is confident that the device will be able to stand aside Apple’s new iPad 2
Toshiba even believes that its tablet ) is superior to the iPad 2.
“We believe that our device is superior to the Apple device, it may be a little heavier (773g), but it does have a lot of features that the iPad 2 does not have.”
I wouldn’t go as far as saying that Toshiba’s 10.1 inch tablet has “a lot of” extra features, but the device does have some advantages over Apple’s new iPad, including the higher-resolution screen (1280 x 800 pixels), full-sized USB port, SD card support, and a removable battery.
As more tablets come to market, be prepared to be wowed by the power that some of these slates are capable of. But also be prepared to be disappointed: The tablets already on the market, or coming soon, have a slew of gotchas--especially the lower-cost models you may see advertised at rock-bottom prices.
But if you can't wait and simply must take the plunge now, keep in mind the following three key points (plus a fourth on a slightly alternative way to go) before you buy.
1. You Get What You Pay For
The rock-bottom-priced tablets you see advertised around the Web carry those low prices for a reason. Typically, they lack the processing power, memory, display quality, or responsiveness (or some combination thereof) to provide a satisfying experience. Not that tablets should be all about specs, but right now, if you're going to buy, do pay close attention to them. Single-core models, or ones with CPUs less than 1GHz, are going to be slow. Also watch out for resistive touchscreens, which generally lag in responsiveness, and for low-resolution displays.
The one bonus: None of these inexpensive models require a service contract with a carrier, so you'll have the option to ditch your first tablet with less pain than if you had signed a contract.
Samsung hasn't been entirely shy about its forthcoming 8.9-inch tablet, though Mr. Blurrycam seems to be having some trouble getting on a plane in Seoul. Fortunately for us, today the Korean giant decided to give us mere mortals a sneak peek at said device, and it sure looks promising -- as you can see above, the bulge seems to imply that the tablet's general thickness almost matches the headphone jack's height. If true, this would put Samsung's 8.9-incher head to head with Apple's 8.8mm thick iPad 2 in a fitness contest. Bring on March 22nd!
You can save the Apple fanboy flames. I just call 'em like I see 'em. Apple CEO Steve Jobs took a hiatus from his hiatus to show up and share the iPad 2 with the world today. While the tablet may not be revolutionary, it is enough to keep the momentum going for Apple, and make it very difficult for other tablet PCs to compete.
Apple has over 65,000 apps that are developed for the iPad. Google just finally launched a tablet-optimized version of the Android OS, and developers are just starting to develop Honeycomb-specific apps developed for a tablet. Other tablet platforms aren't even out of the starting gate. The size of the app library, and the market share of the platform become a self-fulfilling circle. Buyers want to purchase the tablet that has the expansive app library, and developers want to develop apps for the platform that offers the most potential sales. Rinse and repeat.
The bottom line is that Apple already has a one-year head start and a dominant share of the tablet market. The iPad 2 improves on the original iPad and gives the Apple tablet specs and performance equal to or greater than rival tablets--leaving Motorola, Samsung, RIM, HP and others to duke it out for a share of a distant (very distant) second place.
As anticipation builds for the debut of Apple’s new iPad 2, the company has announced it will be throwing its doors open early—at least virtually—so Apple fans can get their fix. Apple plans to start offering the iPad 2 to online shoppers starting March 11 at 1 a.m. Pacific time via: www.apple.com. Folks who want to pick up a device in their hands can also visit an Apple retail store: all 236 Apple retail stores will start selling the iPad to customers at 5 p.m. local time. Apple retail partners like Best Buy, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Target, Walmart, and other selected resellers will also offer the iPad 2 at 5 p.m. local time.
Customers purchasing an iPad 2 at an Apple store will be offers free Personal Setup assistance, enabling users to customize their iPad immediately by loading up apps and configuring it to grab email.
Apple has posted to its website several in-depth videos highlighting both old and new features of the iPad 2 in advance of the tablet's U.S. launch on Friday.
The updated Guided Tours section of Apple's iPad product website went live late Wednesday with 14 videos detailing significant software features of the new touchscreen tablet.
The guided tour videos are part of an Apple marketing blitz that will culminate in the iPad 2's 5 p.m. launch on Friday. Early reviews of the iPad 2 began surfacing late Wednesday, with some reviewers naming the iPad 2 as the best tablet available.
Included in the tours were informational videos on Apple's two flagship content creation apps for the iPad 2: iMovie and GarageBand, which will be available for $4.99 each on the App Store starting Friday
Now that Android 3.0 tablets are finally hitting shelves and the BlackBerry PlayBook and HP TouchPad are getting ready for battle, the tablet war is finally heating up. But here comes the iPad 2, which is not only thinner and lighter than its predecessor but also adds a dual-core processor and dual cameras. So is Apple still one step ahead of the competition?
iMovie and GarageBand: Editing video on a tablet is no small task, but Apple did a brilliant job with iMovie, built from the ground up for touch.
Verdict Apple didn't need to do a lot to stay in the tablet lead, but it has certainly done enough to create more distance between itself and the rest of the field. The thinner, lighter iPad 2 raises the bar for design. And while the new dual-core processor didn't blow us away, it provides a noticeable performance boost while making resource-hungry apps such as iMovie feel buttery smooth. The camera quality isn't great, there's no 4G data, and iOS could do a better job with notifications.
But the $499 starting price still can't be beat, at least by tablets you might want to buy. When you look at the whole package — hardware, software, apps, battery life, accessories, and yes, that price — the iPad 2 is the king of tablets.
Microsoft will need to formulate a response to the iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and other consumer tablets. Fortunately, it can learn from the past to help guide its strategy.
Microsoft faces something of a battle royale in the tablet market. Apple’s iPad currently sells millions of units, and its rivals are making aggressive inroads with increasingly powerful Android offerings. Both Research In Motion and Hewlett-Packard are prepping tablets for launch in the next few quarters that will introduce new operating systems into the market, backed by millions of marketing dollars.
Despite some gung-ho statements from its executives about a big tablet push, Microsoft seems content to sit on the sidelines as these companies battle it out for market share. Hewlett-Packard released a limited-run Windows tablet aimed at the enterprise, and Dell is planning similar measures—but the big Microsoft push into the consumer tablet space remains unrealized.
If you were skeptical as to whether the tablet you wanted to flaunt won’t have Flash, here are better times. We know it’s iPad 2 launch day, but we aren’t talking of the Apple tablet here. Instead, let’s zoom in on Motorola Xoom, and look what the company has just announced via a tweet.
The Motorola Mobility tweet reads that the Xoom will be getting an over-the-air upgrade tonight so as to usher in the Adobe Flash Player 10.2 functionalities. Now that seems to be more than enough to cheer up all you Motorola fans who have been complaining about the absence of the feature as yet.
Already, in the fourth quarter of 2010, Apple's armor showed a few chinks; Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab finally shipped, and according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker report, the Tab pushed Apple's share down to 73 percent. Samsung's debut captured 17 percent of the shipments overall--not shabby for a tablet that wasn't quite a direct competitor.
The RIM PlayBook is another 7-inch tablet, while the Xoom, the forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, and TouchPad due this summer all have comparable screen sizes to the iPad 2. Given how the original Tab has already chipped away at Apple's lead, it seems safe to assume that Apple's market stature will face an even stronger challenge this spring and summer as more tablets hit the market.
Some other interesting stats from IDC's report: An estimated 50 million tablets will ship in 2011. IDC defines a media tablet as a device with a color display larger than 5 inches and smaller than 14 inches, and running "lightweight operating systems" such as Apple's iOS and Google's Android and either an x86 or ARM processor. IDC distinguishes its media tablet category from tablet PC, which will run a PC operating system and x86 CPU.
IDC said that 10.1 million media tablets were shipped in the fourth quarter and to no one’s surprise Apple and its iPad dominated. However, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab walked away with 17 percent market share.
Android tablets are likely to improve as the year progresses.
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MTV and VH1 today will unveil new versions of their Web sites optimized for the iPad and tablet functionality in general.
The new venues are more robust than typical mobile sites, but are less text heavy and more touch-screen oriented than the average PC-geared site.
MTV’s decision is driven by the belief that tablets are unique devices warranting a different user interface. Indeed, Apple execs have touted the iPad’s large screen size as ideal for displaying content sites in their full functionality. More broadly, then, MTV’s move highlights the challenge publishers face given the ever-growing number of screens via which their content can be accessed. Some have deemed the app route as most appropriate for the iPad while leaving their Web sites alone.
Let's cut to the chase -- the iPad 2 that Apple just released pulls further ahead in the battle with the only real competitor on the market: the Android OS 3.0 "Honeycomb" Xoom tablet from Motorola Mobility. In our previous comparison of the first-gen iPad and the Xoom, the Xoom showed its mettle as a serious contender, beating the iPad in areas such as its inclusion of cameras and ability to mirror its video display.
The iPad 2 neutralizes the Xoom's advantages, giving the iPad an overall edge. But let's not forget that the Xoom remains a strong choice for tablet buyers -- and its approach to app widgets continues to pose an advantage over the iPad 2. A software update could further bolster the Xoom's areas of strength.
In this rematch, the winner is a clearer call: the iPad 2. But it's also evident that there are more rounds to be fought, and Apple should not take the iPad 2's superiority for granted.
Still, for many users not blinded or charmed (take your pick) by the Apple way, the Xoom is a compelling tablet. If you're in the Android smartphone camp already, it's an easy pick as a tablet. We're only at the beginning of the Android tablet wave, so if you're leaning Android but have no pressing need for a tablet today, it makes sense to see what else comes on the market before committing to the Xoom
With the launch of the iPad 2, Apple unveiled a new Digital AV adapter that takes content from your tablet device and lets you send it to your HDTV via HDMI. The dongle is compatible both the iPad and the iPad 2, but its functionality is boosted by Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR SGX 543MP2 GPU on Apple’s second generation tablet device. While the original Apple iPad lets you stream videos and photos from your tablet to your HDTV, the iPad 2 lets you mirror content. Mirroring lets you send anything displayed on your tablet over to your HDTV. Mirrored content can include presentations, documents, photos and even games.
Samsung Electronics, one of the world's largest consumer electronics maker, plans to introduce a tablet PC with $399 price-point next month, according to an alleged flyer obtained by an anonymous person.
Samsung Galaxy Tab with Wi-Fi only type of connection will be released on the 4th of April at $399 price-point, reports Droid Life web-site.
If the information is correct and accurate, then it will be the first media tablet that is priced at $399 price-point. While this may seem a hardly important piece of information, it should be understood that inexpensive tablet opens the door for the market of slate-type PCs. Affordable desktops and laptops managed to fill the market fairly quickly and reasonably priced media tablets may do the same
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The bottom line: The iPad 2 refines an already excellent product. Its easy-to-use interface, vast app catalog, and marathon battery life bolster Apple's claim to being the king of tablets.
The competition must really hate Apple. The Apple iPad wasn't just a successful tablet computer in 2010--it was the tablet computer. In one fell swoop, Apple created the new tablet market and sold tens of millions of iPads in spite of a global economic downturn and considerable skepticism.
The same, only better
With the iPad's second go-around, Apple sticks to its successful formula. The iPad 2 is thinner, faster, and includes two cameras, but otherwise, the iPad stays the same:
Ever since the iPad hit a little over a year ago, the move has been on from a whole bunch of fronts to get a tablet PC to market in rapid fashion. And we’ve seen plenty of new tablet competitors emerge to get a hunk of your gadget budget: from ereaders like the Nook and Kindle to more fully-featured machines like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom. But one more looks to enter the fray, and it’s from no less than Pioneer–the Pioneer DreamBook ePad H10 HD.
It’s set to sell for around $699 Australian (which is, roughly, $704 US), and they’re taking pre-orders on it right this very second for an expected ship date of April.
Time Warner Cable Inc. is launching an iPad application that will bring live television to the iPad, although don't plan on going farther than your frontyard as viewing will be restricted to the home.
The app, available for free download Tuesday, provides Time Warner Cable customers who pay for video and Internet to watch 30 cable channels on their Apple tablet, including Comedy Central, MTV and Fox News.
"We are tremendously excited about this app, which is the first of many that will allow our customers to harness the power of their tablet-type devices," Time Warner Cable President Rob Marcus said in a statement.
Over time, Time Warner Cable envisions adding more features, such as the ability to use the tablet as a remote control, to set home recording or watch on-demand video.
A tablet computer is a smaller version of your laptop without a hard keyboard. They have a slower processor, less internal memory, smaller screen, and less powerful operating system. While you can perform most of the same basic functions as your laptop, they are obviously a scaled-down version. Most are designed for very specific and mobile-related tasks: email, reading documents, web browsing, movies, games, watching videos, listening to music, reading books and a number of other applications.
Tablets run on their own operating systems, with thousands of applications to do just about anything. But the OS that runs on a PC for either Windows or Mac is not the same as for your tablet. In reality, most tablets are little more than a Smartphone with a large screen and longer operating time because of the size of the battery. But they can be a lot more than a Smartphone as well.
The Motorola Xoom and the Apple iPad are very similar with regard to basic hardware design and functionality. Where they differ is in display size and definition, operating systems, frequency bands (CDMA v. GSM) and their capability for international roaming. Most significantly, the Xoom will allow 4G high-speed connections, where it appears the iPad will not. The real distinction between different tablets is with the applications they will run, and how they do it.
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If you are not tied to a Mac, then my choice is the Motorola Xoom. It is the first serious Android tablet with the new operating system.
There is no doubt that Motorola and Google will update the software to work out very minor glitches that evidence themselves in any new platform. While it may not yet be perfect, it is a serious business-oriented tablet that has an operating system that is specifically designed for a tablet, not a phone as with the Apple device. It has an incredible HD display, and a cool new graphical interface for simplicity of controls to make it work.
As the Xoom takes its place as the serious business tablet, then I guarantee you will appreciate the its attributes over the iPad, especially if you are computer-savvy and can appreciate the design differences between it and the iPad 2.
As to the utility of tablets in general, I found more and more uses for my iPad during the past year and have come to realize its value and versatility as a computing device. Having said that, it has only taken me two weeks to all but discarded it in favor of what I consider as the “Grown Up” new tablet for business: the Xoom.
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First, the upside: the combination of a multitouch screen with gesture recognition and a more traditional, stylus-based interface mesh well together. Given my weird combination of cursive and printing, handwriting recognition works surprisingly well using the stylus. The included Microsoft Touch Pack showcases the Windows 7 multitouch interface quite well. Having a sort of portable notepad seems like a useful thing.
On the other hand, the Tablet PC stylus interface seems dated and arcane next to the multitouch, finger-oriented interface. Microsoft really needs to reconcile the two very different UIs. Sure, using a pen is a somewhat different experience than using your fingers, but the user interface doesn't need to be so different. The Lifebook T580 seems light at just 3 pounds, 2 ounces without the power brick, but lugging it around on your arm as a tablet gets pretty tiring after a bit. Compared to a newer tablet, like Apple's iPad, the Fujitsu seems overly bulky. But then, it's also a full PC.
You can swivel the display and tuck it on top of the keyboard to use it exclusively as a tablet device. The pen interface, though finicky, works well with apps like Microsoft OneNote. Swivel it back, and you can use the keyboard.
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Owners of the tablet portable media devices are watching (streaming) 2.5 times the number of online movies and TV shows as non-tablet owners, according to a new report.
L.E.K. Consulting, a Boston-based research firm found portable media devices — such as the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Xoom, Blackberry Playbook and Android Tablet PC — have upped the appetite for movies, video games and newspapers, among other media.
In a survey of 2,000 consumers in the United States, 26% of tablet owners cited increased consumption of print newspapers, compared with 6% of non-tablet owners. Tablet owners also played video games three times more frequently than non-tablet owners.
While numerous companies have tablet computers on the market, including the Hewlett-Packard Slate and the Dell Mini 5, the iPad is a clear favorite with consumers inside and outside the health care industry. The tablet provides doctors with a connection to ongoing cases and discussions with fellow physicians while out of the hospital setting. The size and built-in WiFi allow the iPad to serve as a remote portal to electronic medical records, lab results and diagnostic tests.
The clear, enlarged screen enables doctors to accurately and immediately evaluate a patient’s status, and the touch screen offers easy access
Doctors are also eyeing the iPad for use in teaching and interacting with patients. Suggestions range from incorporating interactive health education information in the waiting room to discussing a diagnosis and treatment options.
Others in the medical profession remain hesitant about a wholesale acceptance of the iPad. Remembering the lesson of the first iPhone, some doctors are waiting for the second, possibly bug-free, generation of the Apple tablet.
As we show in Comparison Table below the display on the iPad 2 delivers almost identical performance to the impressive iPhone 4 Retina Display. Although the iPad has a higher pixel resolution than the iPhone 4, the screen is much larger so the number of Pixels Per Inch is only 132 ppi compared to the iPhone 4 Retina Display value of 326 ppi.
Taking aim at Apple’s iPad 2, Motorola said Wednesday it will offer a $599 version of its Xoom tablet computer March 27. Like the $599 version of the iPad 2, the $599 Xoom will come with WiFi connectivity, no monthly wireless contract, and 32 GB of storage.
The Xoom arrives as Apple appears to have what Tero Kuittinen at MKM Partners describes as a “surprisingly thin” early supply of iPad 2s. “In our view, Apple left a lot of money on the table when it could not deliver sufficient launch volumes for its new tablet,” Kuitteninten wrote in a note to investors Wednesday, noting the wait time for an iPad 2 is up to five weeks at Apple.com.
As a result, this might be Motorola’s best shot at putting Apple off balance. Apple Chief Steve Jobs seems to have a grim future planned for anyone who wants to challenge his grip on the tablet computer business.
The Time Warner iPad app which brings Apple's tablet users a great selection of free channels has apparently been downsized. Time Warner Cable reports that it has been forced to drop 17 channels from the Time Warner iPad app due to "overwhelming demand."
The Wauwatosa School Board on Monday approved spending $397,000 to purchase nearly 1,000 of the tablet computers, a move lauded by district officials and some board members as a big step forward.
But School Board member Phil Kroner said he would have liked to have seen more concrete policies and educational plans in place for the use of the devices before the proposal came forward for a vote.
The board voted, 5-1, to purchase the computers, with Kroner dissenting. Taking advantage of a deal
The purchase initially was slated to come before the board for approval this summer, but Apple reduced the cost of the original iPad after the company introduced its next-generation version of the tablet computer last week, said Jamie Price, district technology director.
Today, Adobe Flash 10.2 will hit the Android Market for devices running Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb, and by now you're probably familiar with what it brings -- increased performance for dual-core smartphones running Android 2.2 and Android 2.3, and the promise of seriously sped-up Flash content and better battery life for Android 3.0 tablets (not to mention Flash, period). Well, we've already spent a full day with the latest build of Flash 10.2 for Android and quizzed the company thoroughly about the release, and there's actually a surprise to be had today, and more coming soon.
With the Tegra 2-toting Motorola Xoom, however, 480p videos ran perfectly smooth, even as the tablet had trouble rendering 720p content as anything but a series of images.
Since last year, Lenovo Group has been trying to diversify its product line by launching a series of new devices including the smartphone LePhone and the tablet computer LePad (above). [Photo: Bloomberg]
The Chinese computer maker Lenovo Group said on Thursday that it will launch its own television product in the "near future", as part of its recent efforts to expand outside the PC industry.
Yang Yuanqing, chief executive officer of Lenovo, said at a news conference that the company is working on an Internet-connected television platform that could be linked with its smartphones and tablet computers.
Yang said on Thursday that the traditional computer, mobile phones, tablet computers and television will become the four pillars of Lenovo's product lines.
LG are certainly extending their wings in terms of technology and the directions that they are moving towards. If you think about the G-Slate tablet PC that’s entering into the epic war in this market, it might be a little behind the others that are in contention but if they price it right then they might do ok .
There’s so much competition in the tablet PC market now it’s unbelievable, when you have a look around you have the Motorola Xoom and the iPad 2 are two major competitors that are with us already. There are more on the horizon as well with the BlackBerry PlayBook which is sure to cause a stir.
While it can perform many of the functions of a PC or Mac, Apple's iPad— including the new iPad 2—lacks two of the most common and frequently used features of a traditional computer. It has no standard USB port for connecting a flash drive or external hard disk, so you can't move files into and out of it from these devices. And it doesn't have a systemwide, user-accessible file system like those on traditional computers.
These omissions have led many readers to ask me how you get files—especially Microsoft Office files and PDFs—into and out of iPads. They have bolstered the contention that the popular tablet is really just a "consumption device," not a productivity tool.
So, here's a brief primer on how to get such documents into and out of an iPad, and how to view, edit and create them on the tablet. This isn't an in-depth product review, though I've tested every product and method I will mention here. It's merely a quick, practical guide to how to work with documents on an iPad.
Microsoft hasn't built a version of Microsoft Office for the iPad. But several companies make office suites for the tablet that aim to emulate Office by allowing you to create and export Office-compatible documents, and to import and edit documents created in Office on PCs and Macs.
The HP TouchPad, yet another hopeful tablet PC challenger to Apple’s iPad throne, was unveiled with few details on when we could actually expect the device. Now a report claims that the mystery is no more with the tablet starting at $499 when it launches in June this year.
Rather late than never
More specifically, the HP TouchPad will cost $499 (£310) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $599 (£372) for the 32GB Wi-Fi model when it launches in June, according to PreCentral. The publication gleamed the date from a major US retailer’s 2011 tablet PC roadmap for employees.
Interestingly, June is set to be the biggest month in the history of tablet PCs in terms the number of manufacturers releasing devises in one month. The TouchPad will have several Android Honeycomb competitors, with 10-inch devices from Acer, Dell, HTC and Toshiba scheduled to release that month.
7-inch model in the works?
While a 7-inch HP TouchPad has yet to be announced, the ‘retailer’ also has info on a smaller Hewlett-Packard tablet scheduled for release in September this year. Apparently this webOS tablet is codenamed Opal and is in the works.
If you haven’t already gathered it, tablet PCs are where it is at in mobile computing in 2010, and 2011 is shaping up to be a repeat of that.
There's no confirmed name or release date for the tablet--Amazon refers to it as just "Toshiba 10.1-inch Android Tablet" in the listing. As that makes clear, the device will have a 10.1-inch screen, with a 1,280x800-pixel resolution capable of playing video at 720p.
Apple is stolen from by just about everybody. Microsoft and other companies steal design and interface ideas from Apple’s OS X. Cell phone handset makers steal Apple’s iPhone design elements. The new tablet market is essentially Apple’s iPad plus the tablets that steal ideas from the iPad. Everybody has stolen Apple’s approach to app stores.
There’s a difference between stealing ideas and stealing intellectual property. Stealing winning general approaches to doing things like multi-touch gestures on a tablet device is good. Stealing the code to do that is bad.
3. Pen input from the Tablet PC
The Tablet PC platform sucks for several reasons. One of these is not that it supports pen input, but that input requires a pen. The whole flawed concept of the Tablet PC is that it’s regular Windows, plus a pen layer. The iOS multi-touch finger-input system is vastly superior, and iPad sales prove it.
However, now that iPad rules the tablet world, the addition of pen input officially controlled and sanctioned by Apple would benefit the platform in myriad ways.
Personally, I have zero interest in using a stylus for navigation or app control. I just want to use a pen, well, as a pen.
Apple’s iPad 2 roll-out emphasized a point I’ve been making from the beginning: iPad is not just a content consumption device, but it’s great for content creation as well.
Pen support would enable people to scribble notes, draw pictures and most importantly write legal signatures.
Apple should steal the pen input idea from the Tablet PC. Of course, the iOS would continue to use multi-touch for most tasks, and for interaction with the OS itself. But it should enable us to write stuff with a pen, just like in real life.
The players bring along a piece of equipment that they consider just as critical to survival on the road: the iPad or the iPad 2. The popular Apple tablet has become a must-have gadget when the Magic are away from home. The contraption connects them to the rest of the world through apps, e-mail and social media, and it also alleviates some of the monotony of the NBA's marathon regular season.
"It makes everything easier," point guard Chris Duhon said. "You just have everything on one device: music, movies, games and books."
The tablet connects the Magic to each other in other ways, too.
Power forward Ryan Anderson, Duhon, shooting guard J.J. Redick and Director of Player Development Adonal Foyle have downloaded an app to their individual iPads called Words With Friends.
Words With Friends is a knockoff of the board game Scrabble, and it arguably has become the second-most popular competitive outlet among Magic players — trailing, perhaps, only the sport of basketball itself.
Today at the CTIA trade show, Samsung unveiled even more of its 2011 tablet plans, but the offerings are a little slim. Fortunately, that’s meant in the best of ways! The two new tablets announced today, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 (different from the MWC version), will be the thinnest on the market, at just 8.6 mm thick. The smaller Galaxy Tab 8.9 weighs 16.6 ounces, while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs 20.9 ounces. They feel more solid and sturdy than their predecessors, despite their fragile appearance, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Of course, the inside is looking pretty attractive, itself!
Both of the new tablets will come out of the box with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and all the 3D capabilities that go along with it
Both Galaxy tablets will come in Wi-Fi and HSPA+ (or, 4G) models. Be sure to give these tablets a long look this year; it looks like they’ll be in the running to be the premiere Honeycomb tablets of 2011. Keep checking for more updates!
Apple has yet another contender hot on their heels today, as Samsung’s latest addition to the tablet PC market is to be unveiled this week at CTIA. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is set to offer a new angle on the standard tablet specification, perhaps providing the first real challenge to the market-dominating iPad and iPad 2.
Pre-release photos have indicated that the tablet will use the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, with an incredibly attractive looking custom Samsung user-interface. Further pictures detail the versatility of the home screen, offering live previews in the background of all currently running apps.
Specification-wise, the 8.9 inch touchscreen is reputed to feature a resolution of 1200×800, which offers a pixel density greater than that of most tablet PCs on the market, including the iPad 2.
Research In Motion Ltd. said its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer will go on sale in the U.S. on April 19 through retailers including Best Buy Co., as it seeks to compete with Apple Inc.’s iPad.
A version with 16 gigabytes of memory will cost $499, a 32- gigabyte model will retail for $599 and a version with 64 gigabytes will cost $699, RIM and Best Buy said today in a statement. Richfield, Minnesota-based Best Buy said it will start accepting orders today.
Back in January there was some buzz around the 10.1″ Gigabyte S1080 tablet PC. We saw the S1080 first in just pictures and info but later we saw the dual-core Intel Atom powered tablet PC in a hands-on video. And finally after almost three months the S1080 has started to be available for purchase for everyday people yourself included but the tablet seems to only be available in Australia.
Right now we have found no signs of this tablet anywhere except for zettabyte and penta online electronics shops based in Australia. The S1080 was previously quoted by Gigabyte people as having a retail price of $749 but both zettabyte and penta have the S1080 listed for differing prices.
Computer industry researchers are calculating the effects of mobile devices — what Steve Jobs refers to as post-PC-era products — on the PC market. They're concluding that changing consumer patterns, such as the proliferation of smartphones and the rising use of iPads and other tablet computers, are starting to bite into the traditional PC market.
By 2017, roughly two tablet PCs will ship for every three notebook computers worldwide, according to industry tracker DisplaySearch.
Indeed, tablet forecasts underscore remarks from Apple chief Jobs, who recently said of the company, "We're in a position now where the majority of our revenues come from these post-PC products."
To be sure, Microsoft beat Apple to tablets with a foray into this "other category" computing device. Microsoft's early version of a tablet PC, announced in 2001, began with a stylus and a laptop whose screen could flip around to be activated by the stylus.
Later Windows tablet versions would emerge, but none had a wow factor to spur widespread consumer interest. "The tablet PC did not invent the modern tablet — it crashed and burned," Jobs said at the iPad 2 launch, in clear reference to Microsoft's futile tablet efforts.
A patent lawsuit was filed today by Microsoft against book retailer Barnes & Noble. The software giant accused Barnes & Noble of using software on their Nook e-reader, powered by the Android operating system, that infringes on Microsoft patents.
This lawsuit, as well as other, recent lawsuits filed by Microsoft against makers of Android devices, appears to be another shot in the tablet PC wars that will heat up as Motorola, Microsoft, and other companies release their competing devices to Apple’s iPad.
Barnes & Noble is not one of the companies producing a tablet PC as they instead sell the popular Nook e-readers, a much less computing-intensive device than the tablets
Microsoft also filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission to stop the import of offending tablet devices from foreign competitors looking to sell their wares to the U.S. market.
Previously announced at CES 2011 the Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series has finally been spotted in online retailer listings. The hybrid tablet PC is only listed in one place, Provantage, with pricing and detailed product specifications. On Provantage the Sliding PC 7 Series is offered in two flavors a Windows 7 Home Premium based model for $676.58 (model: 700Z0A-A01) and a Windows 7 Professional model priced at $752.99
he tablet PC market is heating up and there are plenty of different models of all different levels of spec and price. Back in 2010 the Apple iPad took the dead tablet PC market and turned it into a profitable one. Now we have seen more than 50 tablets released at different events such as CES and MWC 2011 .
We’ve recently had to the privilege of having a chat with Lane Jesseph, ThinkPad Brand Manager, to talk about the newly announced x220 tablet. There are many exciting advances coming to Lenovo’s convertible tablet, as well as some concerns related to the way the industry seems to be headed. Here are some of the changes in the new x220.
When it comes to distributing content on tablet devices such as the iPad, cable operators appear to think it's better to ask forgiveness rather than permission.
At least that's the approach of Time Warner Cable, which last week announced that it would be offering live TV to its nearly 15 million subscribers via Apple's iPad at no extra charge. Comcast and Cablevision are also planning similar apps.
That the Time Warner Cable app only works in the home is of little concern to the programmers. If the contract with the cable company doesn't specifically say streaming on tablet devices is part of the deal, they will balk and probably try to seek more money.
Samsung, LG Electronics, Motorola and other companies present at CTIA seem to be embracing larger tablet screens, the better to battle Apple’s iPad 2
Was Apple CEO Steve Jobs right about the 7-inch tablet?
In October 2010, Jobs seemed almost gleeful as he denigrated 7-inch tablets as inferior to his 9.7-inch iPad. If you compare the diagonal lengths of a 7-inch and 10-inch screen, he told analysts and media assembled for his company’s quarterly earnings call, you find the former is “only 45 percent as large.”
Now flash-forward to today, and this year’s CTIA conference: nearly every company with a presence here seems to have a tablet ready to hit the marketplace, but very few of them rely on that 7-inch form-factor that previously seemed so popular.
As Google Android 3.0 offers manufacturers a tablet-optimized (and industry-homogenous) operating system, as Android Marketplace expands its library of solid productivity and gaming apps, as newer hardware such as dual-core processors makes tablets increasingly powerful, it feels as if manufacturers such as Samsung and Motorola are stretching their proverbial legs a little—and feeling that, with all these elements combined, they’re in a stronger position to charge head-on against Apple’s dominance of the tablet market.
Amazon and Apple's battle for online supremacy was ratcheted up with the launch of the Amazon Appstore for Android, and it could become even more heated if Amazon takes on the iPad by producing its own Android tablet.
"Amazon could create a compelling Android- or Linux-based tablet offering easy access to Amazon's storefront (including its forthcoming Android app store) and unique Amazon features like one-click purchasing, Amazon Prime service, and its recommendations engine," Epps wrote. She noted that Amazon could sell a tablet "at or below cost and [make] up for it by selling content, as it does with the Kindle."
Rumors of an Amazon tablet have been brewing for months. In August, Amazon went on an engineer hiring spree, and The New York Times reported that new hardware could be underway. In September, TechCrunch reported that Amazon would launch a tablet alongside its own app store. And this month, the Times spotted more job listings, suggesting that Amazon is rounding up Android developers for an Android-based Kindle.
This led PCWorld's own Jeff Bertolucci to conclude that Amazon should definitely launch its own tablet. "Amazon tablet users would have a wealth of content available from their hardware provider, a business model akin to the Apple ecosystem. (But unlike Apple iPad users, Amazon tablet customers could easily buy content elsewhere too.)," he wrote.
The buzz in the air reminds me of the Apple tablet rumors that started to pick up steam in the middle of 2009. With little in the way of specifics, don't expect Amazon to launch an Android tablet in the near future. Do expect rumors and speculation to ratchet up as pundits wonder when Amazon will jump into the red-hot tablet market.
As Apple’s iPad 2 hits the market this month, Microsoft is attempting to offer a viable alternative with a slew of videos promoting Windows 7 as shown on one such device, the Asus Eee Slate.
The videos, which have run on Hulu, among other places, show artists, moms, business people and bloggers using the device, which is presented as more of a fully functioning PC than other tablets. While the iPad 2 isn’t mentioned by name, the ads take shots at perceived limitations of Apple’s tablet.
Other Windows 7-based tablets from Lenovo, Samsung and Viliv are also expected to hit the market soon. Microsoft is a niche player at the moment in the tablet segment
Samsung, the South Korean “frenemy” of tech giant Apple, Tuesday released its two Galaxy Tab devices, both aimed squarely at Apple’s iPad. Taking a page from RIM, which earlier in the day unveiled its own PlayBook tablet, Samsung set its Galaxy Tab 10.1 at prices mirroring the iPad 2: $499 and $599 for 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi versions, respectively.
Other differences between the two tablets include Samsung’s support for 4G networks (Apple supports AT&T and Verizon’s 3G) and the Tabs’ inclusion of Adobe Flash 10.2. Both tablets will also offer ReadersHub and MusicHub, obvious attempts to draw iBook and iTunes users.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is available June 8 while the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (priced at $469 and $569 for 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi) is set for sometime this summer.
Market research firm Gartner predicted that Apple’s second-generation tablet, the iPad 2, will keep on dominating the market, thanks to its attracting price tag, countless apps and striking hardware specifications.
Several manufacturers are launching their respecting tablets to snatch some market share from the iPad. The current year will see the launch of new ipad rivals such as RIM’s PlayBook and HP’s TouchPad.
But, Apple’s excellence in harware, user experience and ability to reach customers will help iPad 2 to continue enjoying dominating position.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab so far reported considerable success against the iPad but is still far from challenging its dominance in the market. Lower price tag of the Apple’s tablet is its greatest strength. The entry-level iPad 2 is available for $499, much lower that the likes of the Motorola Xoom.
ablet or notebook? It's a question not only for the new Acer Iconia Tab W500, but for anyone looking to buy a new portable PC at the moment.
Tablets are clearly all the rage; you only need to look at the excitement surrounding the launch of the Apple iPad 2. Many perceive these tablets as holding the key to moving mobile computing forward.
The problem is, tablets aren't particularly productive devices. They're about watching movies or listening to music. They're about surfing the web on your sofa, or reading a book in a hammock. Tablets are about entertainment. They're rarely about actually creating the content that they are consuming.
Today RIM revealed that the U.S. and Canada release date for its PlayBook tablet is April 19. This announcement comes after Apple announced its Canada iPad release yesterday. Apple’s iPad 2 will be available in Canadian stores this Friday, March 25 and was released in the U.S. March 11.
The PlayBook tablet offers three models with Wi-Fi: the 16 GB model for $499, the 32 GB model for $599, and the 64 GB model for $699. These prices match the comparable iPad 2 models.
The RIM tablet computer features a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 7” 1024x600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen and the unique Blackberry Tablet OS. It also includes dual cameras capable of recording full 1080p footage, a unique asset to the tablet industry so far. The PlayBook also has sensors for mapping and gaming including GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and a Digital Compass.
The Blackberry Tablet OS is a new operating system designed especially to coordinate with Blackberry phones. Information such as email and BBM can be transferred wirelessly from a Blackberry phone to the PlayBook. Demonstrations with the tablet shows the OS working quickly with web and media tasks.
A final plus of the RIM PlayBook tablet is its lighter weight of 425 g as compared to the iPad 2’s 601g. The Apple tablet is still thinner at 0.34 inches compared with 0.4 inches for the PlayBook.
So if you haven’t yet decided to pick up the latest iOS tablet out of the Apple camp, namely the Apple iPad 2, and are maybe holding off to see what else comes along, or perhaps considering the new RIM tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, we have a little comparison video footage for your viewing pleasure below.
The aforementioned video footage was done by the guys over at Crackberry while at CTIA 2011, and comes our way courtesy of the guys over at the Daily iPhone Blog, and delivers just under two minutes of comparing the two tablets.
Acer UK has today announced the date for the release of its first Android tablet PC.
The Acer Iconia Tab A500 will be launched at the same time as its physically similar Windows version, the W500, on Friday 8th April 2011, PC Advisor was told today.
The launch will be significant, as the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is Acer’s answer to the Apple iPad.
At a press conference today, Acer showed unfinished samples of these 10.1in-screen tablets, as well as a 7in version for Android, the A100.
The Acer Iconia Tab A500 will use Google’s Android 3.0 operating system and an nVidia ARM-based Tegra 250 processor, a dual-core chip running at 1GHz. Graphics processing is from an ultra-low power nVidia GeForce GPU.
To bring you this world-exclusive review we're using a pre-production sample, but it should reflect the quality of the final product.
As you may have noticed, there has been a surge in the popularity of tablets recently. Thanks largely to the original Apple iPad, the tablet market is seeing innumerable entrants, a few of which we covered in our recent iPad2 VS the world article. However, for those who are serious about work as well as play, and who want something that can be a 'proper' computer when necessary, the rarer convertible tablet laptop is still the way to go, offering a swivel screen which can fold down across the keyboard to morph into a slate. With a glorious 12.5in capacitive IPS screen (the same panel type found in professional monitors like the HP DreamColor LP2480zx and, for that matter, the iPad) and Wacom digitizer, rugged exterior, all-day battery life and Intel's Sandy Bridge processors inside, Lenovo's new ThinkPad X220 Tablet may well be the one to rule them all.
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Taiwan hardware manufacturer Micro-Star International Co. (MSI) was planning to sell tablet computers to schools in Taiwan as one of the strategies in its goal to become the country's fourth-largest tablet PC vendor, a company director said Thursday.
MSI has unveiled two tablet computers running Microsoft's Windows software, WindPad 100W and WindPad 110W, which have become very popular among corporate customers abroad because most office workers are used to the Windows operating system on their desktop PCs or laptops.
MSI's tablet PCs were expected to account for a fifth of its total notebook computer sales in Taiwan in 2011, which would make it the No. 4 tablet vendor in the country, Chuang said. The company also planned to launch two Android-based tablets in May and June, he said.
Apple's hotly anticipated iPad 2 has finally in Australia, and it is predictably flying off the shelves. If you're not interested in Apple's tablet at all, there are some valid alternatives to the iPad 2, headed by the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v.
The original iPad didn't make it into many of CNET's Prizefights in 2010 because, frankly, there wasn't a whole lot of competition. But, oh, what a difference a year makes.
The Motorola Xoom was the darling of CES and Google's first-draft pick to receive its Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. It was the first tablet to offer dual-core processing, and the first with Adobe Flash 10.2 support. If ever there were an iPad contender, the Xoom is it.
But the iPad is a moving target. Only a few weeks after the Xoom launched, Apple announced the iPad 2. Thinner, lighter, and more powerful than the original, the iPad 2 has proven itself a worthy successor.
Now the question is: which one should you choose? Speaking for themselves, our three CNET editors have put these two tablets through five rounds of criticism and evaluation, assigning a score to each device, round by round. In the end, only one tablet will reign victorious.
Chinese PC maker Lenovo said it launched its first tablet computer, the LePad, in China on Monday, marking the company's entrance into one of the hottest emerging areas of the gadget sector.
The tablet has a 10.1-inch screen and a 1.3Ghz processor and uses Google's Android 2.2 OS. Lenovo has said the tablet will also go on sale worldwide in June, although the company has not said in what specific markets.
While thousands of people lined up last Friday to pick up the latest Apple tablet, I sat back, put my feet up and spent my weekend testing out the first real competitor to the iPad in Australia, the Samsung Galaxy 10.1v.
It’s all about Honeycomb
I wanted to like Samsung’s initial attempt at a mobile tablet device. On paper, the first Samsung Galaxy device offered so many of the features I found lacking from the original iPad – cameras for video calling, the ability to make phone calls, multitasking… but in practice, the 7-inch tablet was let down by one fatal flaw – it was running software designed for a phone, not a tablet. While Froyo was (and still is) a robust operating system for smartphones, it didn’t scale up to the 7-inch experience.
Which brings us to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab sequel. The 10.1v is running Honeycomb, the version of Android specifically designed for use on tablets. And oh how it sings! Easy on the eye with five customisable home screens, the 10.1v is a radical change from the 7-inch tablet Samsung released six months ago.
So here’s where we stand: Honeycomb is a superb operating system with plenty of great things to make using a tablet enjoyable. The price of the 10.1v is bang on, equivalent to the corresponding iPad and including 3GB of mobile data as well. But this is just the start. As Buchanan said in his review of the Motorola Xoom, things are only going to get better from here for Android tablets now that Honeycomb is out there.
Acer Philippines, in partnership with Microsoft, has launched the Acer Iconia-484G64ns dual-display touchscreen PC and the Acer Iconia Tab W500 tablet-netbook combo computer. Powered by Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system, the Iconia touchscreen computers promise to provide consumers with an enjoyable computing experience, while allowing them to accomplish more computing tasks.
Acer Iconia Tab W500
The other Acer Iconia product is a tablet computer. But wait! The Acer Iconia Tab W500 is different from other tablets in the market. Why? Because it is dual-purpose. It has the perfect high-definition multi-touch tablet portability and the full productivity features of a standard notebook via its dockable keyboard.
Lenovo Group, China’s largest personal-computer maker by shipments, and Taiwan’s Asustek Computer have both started selling tablet devices in their home markets, as more Asian PC makers launch products meant to compete with Apple’s popular iPad.
The two devices enter an increasingly crowded space as a range of gadget and computer makers look to diversify their product lines and fuel growth by offering tablet devices.
Both Lenovo’s LePad tablet and Asustek’s product, called Eee Pad Transformer, have 10-inch screens and use Google’s Android operating system. Their pricing is also similar. The LePad starts at 3,499 yuan ($533) for a version with Wi-Fi wireless Internet connectivity and 16 gigabytes of memory. Asustek is taking pre-orders for a 16-gigabyte model of its tablet for $505.
Those price levels are close to those of competing products. Apple’s iPad 2, which began selling in March, and Research In Motion’s PlayBook tablet, which will go on sale in North America on April 19.
Xplore Technologies Corp., a manufacturer of award-winning rugged tablet PCs today announced that it will officially launch its newest line of rugged tablet computers in New York on Thursday, May 5. The new line is believed to be the industry’s most rugged line of tablet PCs ever developed, incorporating unique ground-breaking designs addressing the specific needs of mobile workers, the military and clean room technicians.
“Xplore has been at the forefront of tablet design for the past 15 years, and thanks to the huge acceptance of the Apple iPad by the consumer industry, tablet computers are experiencing tremendous growth and acceptance in all areas,” said Mark Holleran, President and Chief Operating Officer of Xplore Technologies. Holleran said “I personally liken our new tablets to iPads on steroids.”
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) has unveiled the release details of its tablet computer, the Touch Pad.
According to the announcement, two new versions of the device will be released in June. Both the 16-gigabyte (GB) version, which costs 499 euros (US$700) and the 32-GB costly at 599 euros, are based on the WebOS operating systems and use wifi for internet connections.
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) is also promising to focus on games with its products, and is proclaiming the tablet’s 3D capabilities.
Barnes & Noble is hot on Amazon’s heels once again with its announcement Monday that it will add Android store access for all Nook Color users, just one week after Amazon launched its own Android app store. And as the two e-reading companies compete closely in the same space, they are also crowding the tablet PC market with these efforts, especially since the iPad 2 does not have Android Market access
Amazon has a slight advantage in that its app store allows users to try apps before they buy them with its Test Drive feature. Users are able to test out Android apps in their browser with a full-fledged recreation of the Android virtual machine, which runs just like an Android phone. But with the Nook Color’s addition of the ability to play Adobe Flash content in websites, which will make it possible for users to stream video and play games, Amazon seems to have a further trip to make to compete in the tablet PC space than Barnes & Noble does.
Instead of crying over spilt e-ink, both Barnes & Noble and Amazon have the opportunity to capitalize on their lower price points to overtake the iPad and other tablet PCs in the market. The Nook may be lapping the Kindle for now, but the race to tablet PC domination is far from over.
A new Windows 7 tablet PC option is on its way and today you can pre-order a model. The new option comes from a new face to tablets Netbook Navigator, there first entrant in the 7-inch tablet market is the Nav7 Slate PC.
The Nav7, as the title for this post and the numerical figure attached to its name vocalize, is a 7-inch tablet. The screen on the Nav7 features a native resolution of WSVGA (1024×600) and the LCD does have capacitive multi-touch support.
Other features that Netbook Navigator has chosen for this, their first, 7-inch tablet PC include the new Intel Atom Z530 and two dedicated mouse buttons and a dedicated touchpad.
More details on specifications can be seen in the series of photos below and on the dedicated site for the Nav7 Slate PC here. If you would like to pre-order this tablet PC you can select your desired model here
Looks like the folks at Cupertino, California have won over the President of the United States of America with their Apple iPad tablet. New reports covering a conversation between Pres. Obama and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos dictate that the President not only owns an iPad but he even tethers it with his ‘high-security’ BlackBerry smartphone.
Andy Lark, Dell's global head of marketing, told Lisa Banks of CIO Australiaon Tuesday that Apple's iPad will eventually succumb to Dell's Android- and Windows-based tablets because of pressure from an open enterprise market.
Lark congratulated Apple for igniting the tablet opportunity with the iPad, while predicting that the device will ultimately fall to more "open" competitors. “I couldn’t be happier that Apple has created a market and built up enthusiasm but longer term, open, capable and affordable will win, not closed, high price and proprietary,” Lark said. “[Apple has] done a really nice job, they’ve got a great product, but the challenge they’ve got is that already Android is outpacing them.
The executive went on to indicate that Dell's long-term approach to tablets relies heavily on enterprise adoption. "We’ve taken a very considered approach to tablets, given that the vast majority of our business isn’t in the consumer space,” he said.
However, Dell is hedging its bets when it comes to tablet operating systems. “…Our strategy is multi-OS," Lark said. "We will do Windows 7 coupled with Android Honeycomb, and we’re really excited. We think that giving people that choice is very important.”
As you are no doubt aware if you are an owner of the Apple iPad 2, the iOS tablet can use a version of the popular Mac app iMovie that enables the user to shoot videos, but with the iOS version of the iMovie app the user can also edit their videos.
In 2009, OEMs shipped about 2 million tablet computers before Apple Inc. ( jumped into the market. In 2010, the iPad sparked roaring demand for tablets, and shipment jumped to 19.7 million units. The giddy year-over-year growth offers a striking insight into the future of tablets and the potential havoc they will create in the PC market, which has been, until now, a mainstay of the high-tech sector.
According to Rhoda Alexander, director of monitor research at iSuppli: "The year 2013 will mark a critical juncture, as the tablet market turns into a battleground between media tablets using mobile operating systems, and PC-type tablets employing the Windows operating system.
"Microsoft and the PC makers will engage in a vicious battle to fight off the ongoing share grab from media tablets, even as many of these vendors offer media tablet solutions of their own. Expect to see a blend of slates, convertibles and dual- and potentially tri-screen solutions as alternatives to the media tablet onslaught."
Over the next years, many of today's biggest personal computer suppliers will experience a dramatic decline in demand for PCs. For semiconductor vendors, including companies like Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), which today dominates the microprocessor market, the increasing adoption of tablet devices by consumers and businesses presents a significant challenge.
The Red Bull Racing Team was looking for a competitive advantage by adopting technology that was rugged enough to survive the grueling and hostile NASCAR racetrack environment. It also wanted to automate the collection and distribution of critical car performance and equipment data in real-time to speed decision making at the track. Working with real-time data would let the team make quicker decisions that could affect the outcome of each race – when to call for a pit stop, tracking how much fuel goes in the tank, how the tires are wearing. Mired for years in outdated pencil and paper and dry erase boards, the team needed a rugged Tablet PC that could run Microsoft Windows 7 and its racing software. One that could survive track temperatures reaching 138 degrees and being left out in the rain. MobileDemand offered an Intel® Atom™ -powered solution that saved The Red Bull Racing Team both time and money.
The trend of expensive Windows 7 tablet PC’s continues with the newest tablet from EviGroup of France. Their newest product the SmartPaddle tablet PC features a 11.6-inch HD (1366×768) multi-touch LCD is powered by an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU and is supplied with 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, a 1.3MP webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium a Bluetooth wireless keyboard and 5 hours battery life; all for the price of €1,290 or about $1,820USD.
Now with those main features and that price tag the SmartPaddle tablet PC would have to really deliver an experience unlike anything else available, right? Well the folks at EviGroup have released a little presentation video for the SmartPaddle with hopes of convincing you their tablet is worth the money. Check out the video below and decide for yourself.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the introduction of the second generation of tablets, the Motorola Xoom and the Apple iPad 2. It’s been just over a year since Apple launched its “magical iPad.”
This new, second generation of tablets is clearly beginning to mature into robust, high performing computing and communications devices that are going to be carried around and used by hundreds of millions of people. Globally, the tablet might become known as the only “truly personal computer” with which people can access the Internet.
The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.