Asus has taken a different approach to portable computing with its Eee Pad Transformer, a netbook with a screen that is actually a detachable tablet in itself.
The device can essentially be considered as a fold-up tablet PC with a keyboard, and is not unreasonably heavy or chunky compared with the other tablet devices entering the market, despite the addition of a keyboard.
The Eee Pad Transformer runs on Google’s HoneyComb 3.0 Android operating system. Unlike other tablets, it is very easy to type long documents on the Eee Pad thanks to its keyboard. Some users find it a challenge to use touch screens for extended periods.
It is not without its flaws, as the cursor control on the keyboard is not ideal for navigating around the Android OS, specifically built for mobile touch-screen devices. However, even with the keyboard connected you can still use the device’s touch-screen capabilities to navigate.
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The Asus eee Note EA800 certainly is a game changer in terms of stylus functionality in a hybrid e-reader and tablet.I have never seen either an e-reader or tablet with such high DPI and fluid writing and drawing. Considering it only has 4 GB of RAM and a 2.3 GHZ processor it certainly does get the job done with no LAG at all as you are drawing or typing.
Although there is no way to get new games or apps on it, its more of an e-reader then it is a tablet. This is an interesting conundrum because even Asus is not billing it as either, they are simply calling it the EEE NOTE.
Simple, portable, user-friendly, and affordable. Say hello to the device of the future: a PC and smartphones rolled into one… the tablet.
Tablets buying advice: A break from the past
The concept of the tablet PC itself isn’t new, but its definition has radically changed. What we used to call a tablet was just a laptop with a touchscreen that swivelled around and folded back, yielding a bulky machine that was uncomfortable to carry and awkward to use as a laptop. That unsatisfactory hybrid was simply where the state of technology took us in previous efforts to create ‘tablet’ or ‘slate’ computers.
Things shifted thanks to advances in smartphone technology and the influence of Apple’s design team. When the Apple iPad hit the market last year, critics quickly dubbed it a giant Apple iPhone without the phone. That description speaks to the technology that makes possible its appealing dimensions, but it does not do it justice. In fact, the iPad altered everything we thought we knew about tablets, and other hardware manufacturers and Google with its Google Android system, are following up on Apple’s success quickly with a range of similar, but different (and in some cases, cheaper) devices.
Today’s tablet is exactly what the name implies: a thin slab, dominated by its screen. These slender systems generally max out at 750g, and few of them take up more space in your bag than a regular book would.
Apples new ad for the iPad 2 was posted on YouTube and focuses on the "magical" functions of the tablet. The voice over for the ad says, "Technology alone is not enough. Faster, thinner, lighter; those are all good things. But when technology gets out of the way, everything becomes more delightful, even magical. That's when you leap forward. That's when you end up with something like this," as the screen shows "iPad 2".
A year after its initial release, the iPad tablet has made Apple the undisputed leader in the tablet space and created a whole new market niche, but strong competition is emerging, a prominent Apple iOS application developer said on Wednesday afternoon.
Still, tablets have yet to make a major dent in enterprises. "Most of the enterprise users that I've spoken to buy them for their own benefit, bring them to the office, and use them as a work tool at their own expense," Zachary said. "I'm hearing [of] more and more buying tablets [for the enterprise], but it's not happening on a large scale."
Citing industry figures, Zachary said Apple had an 84 percent share of the tablet market, with Google's Android platform a distant second with 13 percent. But companies like Amazon, Motorola, Microsoft, Research in Motion, and HP are lining up to challenge Apple with their own devices.
Zachary anticipates that a possible Google Android-based tablet from Amazon has a great chance to battle Apple.
There is a vast growth opportunity for tablets, said Zachary. The growth opportunity "is huge," stretching into potential sales of hundreds of millions of units and quite possibly into the billions, he said. Retail distribution will be key to tablet distribution, according to Zachary. For himself, the iPad has served as a laptop replacement but not a computer replacement because of limitations like some websites not working on it.
The GD3070 delivers cost-effective computing performance and extended battery-life in an ergonomically designed tablet PC, built to withstand the demands of a mobile workforce
General Dynamics Itronix announces the introduction and immediate availability of the rugged, ergonomically designed GD3070 Tablet PC. Larger than a personal digital assistant (PDA) and smaller than a fully-rugged notebook, the GD3070 delivers business-critical computing performance with a daylight-viewable screen and extended battery life for mobile workers throughout Europe and the Middle East. With sales, service and technical support located in Europe, the GD3070 is a cost-effective computing option for mobile workers within public utilities, surveying companies, field service representatives and others.
The GD3070 comprises an 18-centimeter, high-resolution touch-screen display enabling users to easily pinpoint information on maps or view imagery in bright sunlight. Equipped with an Intel(R) Z530P low-power processor, 120 gigabit hard-drive, large memory and lightweight dual battery pack, mobile workers can manage large data files as well as process complex computing operations quickly and efficiently for up to 10 hours.
My favorite organizing tool this year has to be NeatDesk by the creators of NeatWorks. NeatDesk is one of the best home office products I have used in a long time. If you ever had piles of receipts, stacks of papers, business cards you know you needed to organize and didn't’t have an idea of where to start this product will be perfect for you. Once you digitize all this paperwork, you will have an amazing digital filing system and be able to extract key data from your documents as well as create simple and fully searchable PDF files (which you can later print/store) etc.
The iPad took four of the top five spots on Consumer Reports’ ratings chart. The 32 GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G topped the list with an overall score of 84, and the 32 GB iPad 2 Wi-Fi took second. Original model 32 GB iPads with 3G and Wi-Fi-only took third and fifth, respectively. The Motorola Xoom was the only non-Apple tablet in the top five, with a fourth place ranking.
All of the top five, plus the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which chame in sixth, earned Consumer Reports‘ “Buy” recommendation. The remaining devices on the list, which included, in order of ranking, the ViewSonic ViewPad 7, the Archos 101 Internet Tablet, the Dell Streak and the Archos 70 Internet Tablet, all ranked quite a bit lower than the top six.
What makes Apple stand out? According to Consumer Reports, it comes from a number of small advantages all adding up to one big lead. The tablet report is right in pointing out that most tablets nowadays are virtually identical these days. Most provide capacitive touhscreens, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, front-facing webcams and GPS. But Apple is still winning on price when you look at features and storage capacity, and it edges out the competition in terms of quality, too.
Sony might be joining the tablet craze as early as this summer, according to a new report.
According to Bloomberg, which cited a report in Japan's Nikkei newspaper, Sony CEO Howard Stringer said that his company will be launching a tablet by the end of the summer. The tablet, according to the report, will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
Following that news, Engadget found a report from Japanese publication AV Watch, citing a Sony spokesperson who said the company will be releasing a tablet "this year." The representative said details on the device and the launch will be revealed at a later time.
This isn't the first time Sony has discussed tablets. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year, Sony Deputy President Kunimasa Suzuki said his company would "really like to take the No. 2 position (in the tablet market) by 2012" behind Apple's iPad. Sony's Stringer also pointed out that his company's plan is to deliver a full-fledged entertainment platform with its tablet.
"When our tablet comes out it'll have content of its own," Stringer said at CES in January. "We have television and film studios working very hard to create content specifically for it."
In odd fashion a source from inside Dell has told Forbes today that their planned 10-inch Windows 7 based tablet PC will be launched in Fall of this year. The tablet when launched will be aimed at enterprise customers.
Dell had talked up an upcoming 10-inch Windows 7 tablet PC back in February of this year but as Forbes notes the company has been talking about releasing a slate styled device with Windows 7 from as late as October of 2010.
Delays of Windows 7 tablet PC’s aren’t that common, companies usually announce them and launch them in a timely fashion. The delay makes me suspect that Dell has either done some serious custom work on the UI for Windows 7 to make it more touch-friendly or they are having a tough time getting a tablet together that can perform adequately in both battery life and computing performance.
Right about now, the iPad has pretty much cornered the tablet market. Last time Steve Jobs took the keynote stage to introduce the iPad 2, he claimed Apple held in excess of 80 percent of the global tablet market. To be sure, the iPad's $499 Wi-Fi-only entry-level price point has something to do with its popularity. Many argue the iPad is the most complete media tablet for the money.
I've been playing around recently with an Android tablet that comes in at half that price; I call it the poor man's iPad (a.k.a. the rooted Nook Color from Barnes & Noble). While the Nook Color is definitely not an iPad (it was released as a dedicated eReader after all), it does represent a look at how low an OEM could go on price without sacrificing quality.
The Nook Color costs $250 from Barnes & Noble and functions as a slightly heavier and more expensive eReader than competing e-Ink devices like the Kindle ($139). But the eReader portion of the Nook Color is one small facet of this device, which seems to have capitalized on that much-discussed grey area between the eReader and the media tablet.
Keyword: Media Barnes & Noble committed itself to hardware the day it launched the Nook Color, essentially testing the tablet market waters by withholding functionality while billing its device as an eReader. It's important to remember that media tablets are, as the name implies, tablets for the consumption of media. Sure, the iPad 2 has some interesting tweaks to Garage Band and iMovie that might be pushing the boundaries of media creation, but overall these are devices that people use to surf the Web and watch movies from their couches.
Creative isn't the music player giant it was a few years ago (my first MP3 player was a Creative Nomad Jukebox), overshadowed as all iPod competitors have been by Apple's devices. The burgeoning tablet market, however, presented a new opportunity for Creative to be, well, creative. The Creative ZiiO 7" ($249.99 direct) is a tablet designed with the music aficionado in mind, and it has a number of enhancements over other Android tablets. The price is right, but the ZiiO's many issues make it difficult to recommend as a tablet or as a music device.
Android and Apps
The ZiiO Entertainment Tablet runs Android 2.2 (after a recent update), a version of Android not optimized for tablets—with version 3.0, Honeycomb, already available and working nicely on the Motorola Xoom, 2.2 feels old and stale. Still, it's not a terrible operating system for a tablet. Unfortunately, though, the ZiiO doesn't have access to the most compelling aspect of the Android platform: the Android Market, and its thousands of apps.
When the Microsoft Windows® XP for Tablet PC operating system was introduced in November of 2002, there was a lot of buzz about the "new" Tablet PC technology. While the operating system was certainly new, pen-based computing had been around since the early 1990s, and Fujitsu had been a major part of the story from the beginning. Since that time, extraordinary advances have taken place in improving the Tablet PC technology.
The slideshow illustrates the three waves of Fujitsu pen-enabled computers: early handhelds, Windows-based tablet slates, and convertible Tablet PCs. The first section will show how the early handhelds evolved into the Windows slates. The second section will discuss the emergence of the convertible form-factor.
When Microsoft developed Microsoft Windows XP for Tablet PC, they did for the mass market user what the various vertical market vendors had been doing for years for their customers. They created a standard platform so all Tablet PC users would have the same expectations, regardless of the hardware manufacturer.
When the Tablet PC was first introduced, it was still in the familiar slate form. Soon, however, it evolved into the popular convertible form-factor, which was discovered to be the ideal platform for the burgeoning education market.
Fujitsu has more experience than all the other Tablet PC manufacturers combined. Putting out any new product is largely an exercise in trial and error. Fujitsu conquered that learning curve long ago, and for the past several years has been devoted to incorporating innovations and improvements rather than fixing problems.
In April of 2010 we all were given our first glimpse at the commercially viable Tablet PC. The Apple iPad and Fusion Garage JooJoo came out with a week of each other, offering us a decent estimation of the high and the low-end of the Tablet PC regarding quality that we could expect in the future. The iPad 2 now has taken over the reign as king of the tablet market, and the JooJoo is discontinued. But those two early models bring up great points to consider when choosing a Tablet PC. Here we offer you a quick lesson on “How to Buy a Tablet PC.”
Do You Really Need a Tablet?
Are you buying out of need or desire to have the next cool gadget? Your smartphone and laptop do everything the Tablet PC does, in either a faster or smaller form. A tablet could really be called a slab-like touch-screen multimedia device, or an oversized MP3 player with internet capabilities. The lack of a true desktop OS means you can do computing, but not like on a traditional computer. Their true specialty lies in quick email access, light web browsing, media viewing and game playing on a quick-to-access smaller form than laptops, with better viewing surface than smartphones. Still looking for a tablet? Read on.
Just a day after launching Optimus 2X and Optimus Black smartphones in India, LG Mobiles has announced that they will be offering their yet-to-be-launched tablet PC, LG Optimus Pad, in India by June with a price tag of around Rs 30,000.
Unveiled at the Mobile World Congress back in February, the LG Optimus Pad will be the first tablet PC to come with a 3D camera. The tablet features a 8.9-inch display, Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system and will be powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor.
LG’s announcement comes on the heels of Samsung launching their Galaxy 8.9 and 10.1 inch tablets in the country while local manufacturers such as Micromax Mobiles and Lava Mobiles have also announced the development of their own tablet PCs.
General Dynamics Itronix announces the introduction and immediate availability of the rugged, ergonomically designed GD3070 Tablet PC. Larger than a personal digital assistant (PDA) and smaller than a fully-rugged notebook, the GD3070 delivers business-critical computing performance with a daylight-viewable screen and extended battery life for mobile workers throughout Europe and the Middle East. With sales, service and technical support located in Europe, the GD3070 is a cost-effective computing option for mobile workers within public utilities, surveying companies, field service representatives and others.
Samsung said on Wednesday that it will start selling a Wi-Fi-only version of its 7-inch Galaxy Tab beginning Sunday.
The Android tablet will sell for $349, which is higher than the price many cell phone carriers are charging for their versions, though to get the lower prices, consumers have to sign up for a two-year contract.
Although the tablet was among the first iPad rivals to show up at cellular carriers, it now faces competition both at the carriers and from Wi-Fi only tablets. The Motorola Xoom is expected to be the first in a wave of tablets running the tablet-optimized Honeycomb version of Android. In addition, HP is prepping a webOS-based TouchPad tablet and RIM plans to start selling its PlayBook tablet this month. And all of those are still chasing the leader–Apple’s iPad, which was updated in March.
Earlier this week, Forbes reported that Dell’s upcoming Windows 7 10-inch tablet had been delayed until sometime in the fall.
Unfortunately, that is still the case, however it looks like Dell might have another 10-inch tablet out this summer, a device that will be flavored with Android.
The tablet, which was shown off briefly back in January at CES, was said to be coming out in 2012 but will now be coming out at some point in the middle of June.
If this is true, the new device would join Dell’s 5-inch and 7-inch Streak tablets although it’s unknown if the 10-inch tablet will bear the Streak moniker. As of right now, the device is apparently “unbranded” and doesn’t carry a name
It isn’t often you hear of a tablet being released with a full Core i3 processor, but Motion Computing are due to release the Motion F5v Tablet PC which features one of Intel’s high powered processors.
The F5v with the i3 processor is compatible with all of the peripherals designed for the F5-Series Tablet PCs, creating new levels of affordable power, security and manageability. As the ideal mobile computing device for virtually any environment, the F5v now provides organisations with more options in order to match the performance and cost of the tablet with the requirements of their mobile business processes. The F5v is also now available with a 30GB solid state drive (SSD) option, further lowering the starting price of the tablet PC while providing the reliability of an SSD.
Acer already announced UK pricing for the Windows 7 and Android Honeycomb versions of its Iconia Tab, and now it's ready to take both stateside. Days after Best Buy started taking pre-orders for the Android 3.0-powered Iconia Tab A500, the Windows-based W500 has shown up on B&H's site for $549
Acer rates the W500's three-cell battery at up to six hours -- a far cry from the iPad's promised 10-hours and, perhaps, a good reason to wait for slates featuring that lower-power Fusion APU AMD's been shopping around to tablet makers. B&H says it'll ship starting April 15th, but head on over to its website if you're psyched enough to place an order now.
Rugged mobile computer company Mobexx has added the Viliv X70 EX 7-inch tablet PC to its product range. The innovative touchscreen computer is suitable for semi-rugged indoor or in vehicle applications where the 7-inch format is making its mark for mobile working. The tablet PC runs Windows 7 operatingsystem - and has a power-efficient Intel Atom processor.
Mark Dale-Lace, Mobexx Director says: "The 7-inch format ultra mobile tablet PC is proving popular for all kinds of mobile and industrial applications such as logistics, distribution, field service, engineering and security where paper documentation is being rapidly replaced by electronic systems. The Viliv X70 EX is a good alternative to larger tablet PCs or laptops. It provides better ergonomics than smaller hand held computers or touchscreen PDAs where a larger daylight viewable screen is required but without the weight of a larger device."
Despite mounting competition from other operating systems (OSs), Apple’s iOS will continue to own the majority of the worldwide media tablet through 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. Due to the success of Apple’s iPad, iOS will account for 69 percent of media tablet OSs in 2011, and represent 47 percent of the media tablet market in 2015.
Gartner analysts said Apple iPad did to the tablet PC market what the iPhone did to the smartphone market: re-invented it. A media tablet is not just a different form factor to perform the same tasks that can be done on a PC. Tablets deliver a richer experience around content consumption, thanks to the ecosystem they support. The richer the ecosystem, the stronger the pull for consumers.
The Mercedes A class has enjoyed wild success since its inception way back in 1997, since then the baby Merc has undergone various facelifts and refreshes which has kept its spirit alive despite being a little dowdy and dare we say ‘ugly’. Well it looks like a change of the guard could see the A Class transformed into a high tech hot hatch, oh and did we mention it includes a tablet pc?
Other tech includes a radar collision warning system and of course a tablet pc which takes pride of place in the centre of the dashboard. From the computer generated images it appears to be an iPad although no statement has been made by Mercedes, perhaps they are waiting to see what will be in stock at the time!
Logitech has entered the seemingly insatiable iPad accessory market with a case that should appeal to those looking to use their new iPad 2 for something a bit more productive than playing Fruit Ninja. The Logitech Keyboard Case for the iPad 2 is made from aircraft-grade aluminum to match Apple's tablet, features a built-in wireless keyboard and is lined with high-density padding to keep the tablet safe and secure and prevent the keyboard from touching the screen, even if dropped.
New Tecra and Portégé Laptops Set New Standard in Balancing Performance, Mobility, Durability and Extended Battery Life Ratings
Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced its new range of high-performance business laptops. Reengineered from the ground up with thin, light and highly-durable designs, the new Tecra® and Portégé® laptops redefine mobility for business professional offering full performance and long battery life ratings in three form factors as well as a standard three-year limited warranty.
Tablet PCs are generally considered niche devices, relegated to specific industries. You will mostly see advertising targeted at health care, construction, warehouse, and other "clipboard" jobs where the tablet is basically used as a digital clipboard. The new crop of "entertainment" style slate media tablets are generally presented in scenarios where the user is lounging on a couch or chair and the tablet is in their lap.
This series of articles will be more focused on how a tablet PC can take over certain tasks within the current educational methods and set ups, rather than trying to "revolutionize" the educational system with computers. I'm going to try to look at current tasks that can be improved with the use of a tablet PC as well as several examples of tablet PCs already in use in lecture halls and classrooms.
Apple's stranglehold on the media tablet market with the iPad could match its previous dominance of the touchscreen smartphone space with the iPhone, according to industry analysts.
After capturing 83.9 percent of the media tablet market in 2010, Apple should see its market share decline steadily over time, according to Gartner. But rival Google's Android-based tablets won't begin to match Apple's iPad numbers until 2015, when Apple will have 47.1 percent to Android's 38.6 percent, the research firm predicted Monday.
Sascha Segan, lead mobile analyst, PCMag.com:"Until somebody else comes out with a finished-feeling tablet OS experience, Apple still stands alone in offering a tablet OS that is a) designed for tablets and b) fully functional. Android 2.2 and Windows 7 don't have tablet-centric user interfaces or app libraries, Android 3.0 is essentially still in beta, and there's no WebOS tablet yet.
Lenovo is working on a 23-inch tablet, with William Cai telling TechRadar that the company believes a home tablet could be arriving this year.
Speaking at this year's Gadget Show Live, Cai – senior specialist in marketing for the company – talked about the problem with multiple screens in the home.
He expressed his belief that a tablet that could be moved from room to room and used on tables as well as docked as an All-in-One could be an elegant answer.
Coming in 2011
And, before you wonder if this is all in the realm of research and design, Cai told us that a tablet based on the company's All-in-One desktop range, but with a major weight reduction, will be arriving in 2011.
"We think that there is potential for a 23-inch tablet," said Cai. "We'd have to take care of battery life and we are working to get the weight down.
There is plenty of competition in the making. Apple boasted $9.5 billion in revenue from the iPad in the last nine months of 2010, so everyone else is hurrying to get their version of the tablet PC to market.
Motorola recently released the Xoom, an Android tablet that is a competitive, but pricey, alternative to the iPad. Research in Motion, the creator of the BlackBerry, is set to release its tablet, called the Playbook, on April 19. This will, of course, be based on its own BlackBerry operating system.
Asus, Dell and LG Electronics will be introducing new tablets based on the Android operating system in the next few months. Samsung has announced that it will revamp its Android Galaxy Tab tablet and introduce two updated versions soon. HP is scheduled to roll out its first tablet based on the WebOS operating system sometime in June.
So within the next few months, we will have at least eight tablets from major manufacturers running four different operating systems.
If you are wondering why you should care about this, here's the scoop. Tablets are an entirely new category of computers. In most cases, they will not replace personal computers but will augment them. There will still be computers running infrastructure, businesses and hospitals, but both professionals and home users will find tablets extremely useful for their day-to-day
Tablets are so empowering that I predict they will become indispensable to everyday living. Who wants to walk into another room to get over to the computer when they need a recipe or want to look up a word? It is much easier to just grab a tablet PC off the coffee table. You can use it to watch television when you are on the go, to check the weather in the morning, or to read a book or listen to music as you endure the wait in the doctor's office.
Teachers are using tablets with great success because they are enthralling to children. Doctors are using them as a point-of-care device that can not only document the patient's progress, but can also help doctors explain procedures to patients. Artists are using them to create new masterpieces.
More and more applications are being found for tablets every day. With the new tablets that will be appearing in the next few months, this will be a very interesting category of devices to watch. Keep your eyes open; there may be a tablet PC in your future.
The first Intel Oak Trail based tablet PC has made its presence known today at the FCC in the U.S.. The new tablet is from Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) an electronics maker based in Taiwan. The tablet PC according the FCC filing is named ElitePad S10 but when/if it’s launched in the U.S. it will likely bear a different name.
For now the ElitePad S10 features a great amount of connectivity; Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI, USB, SD card, SIM Card, 1.3MP webcam and headphone jack. Also the tablet PC offers some very nice body styling, albeit all plastic, which is not typical of Windows 7 tablets.
This capacitive touch tablet is of the 10-inch form-factor and the 10.1-inch LCD included provides a native HD resolution of 1366×768 pixels. You can see more photos of this tablet below
Intel and Microsoft are lagging behind in the tablet PC segment due to their ignorance in acknowledging consumer interest in mobile devices early in the piece. They stuck to desktop computing for too long, but now they are aggressively trying to set foot in the mobile segment. This has been particularly evident by the increased number of Wintel tablets in the Shanzhai sphere. The latest is the pretty in pink Coastar K1050, with Intel Atom processor and Windows 7 operating system.
The Coastar K1050 made its debut in the recently held China Consumer Electronics Fair in Shenzhen and like a lot other tablets featured at this gadget fair the K1050 boasts an x86 and Windows combination. It has a 10.1-inch capacitive screen, Intel Atom N455 processor, 2GB memory, and 120GB hard drive.
“The tablet PC has almost limitless potential in the SMB space where the device can entrench itself as a valuable resource essential to the on-the-go businessman. The ability of manufacturers, software providers and service providers to adapt to the changing demands of business users will be critical to future success," McDonald says. "Firms that have embraced tablets are also increasingly moving additional resources to the cloud, increasing the utility of the tablet.”
Small and mid-sized businesses (firms with less than 999 employees) continue to strive to regain their place in a troubled economy. Recent AMI research indicates that SMBs who have embraced mobility generated 40 percent higher revenue growth over the last 12 months compared to those who did not. As the mobile workforce trend continues, mobile devices, including tablet PCs, will play an integral part in supporting these employees.
Desktop PC sales are cooling and one of the reasons may well be the increased popularity of tablet devices such as Motorola's Xoom and Apple's iPad, according to various media reports. Tablets bridge the divide of smartphone technology which emphasizes entertainment and location services, while the strong point of traditional PC machines are their processing ability and wealth of productivity software.
For years, companies tried to popularize tablets but they were most often the size of a laptop screen and running a version of desktop operating system which became slow and prone to bugginess.
It wasn’t until Apple released the iPad last April that the category took off with Apple shrinking the hardware to fit comfortably in a person’s hand and targeting it primarily as an entertainment device that easily streams video, plays games in an eye-pleasing size and surfs the web quickly.
The words "play" and "book" are a bit of an odd choice for RIM's latest attempt at consumer relevance, a tablet that, at its core, runs one of the most hardcore and industry-friendly operating systems known to man. The OS is QNX and the hardware is, of course, the BlackBerry PlayBook. It's an enterprise-friendly offering that's also out to conquer the consumer tablet ecosphere, hoping to follow in the footsteps of the BlackBerry handsets that have filled the pockets of corporate executives and BBM addicts around the globe.
It's something of a serious tablet when compared to the competition running software from Apple and Google and, while it certainly has games, its biggest strengths are rather more boring. It does a really great job at displaying PowerPoint presentations, for example, and has the security chops to keep last quarter's dismal sales figures from falling into the wrong hands. Exciting stuff? No, but useful features for sure, and regardless of whether you find those intriguing or boring this is RIM's seven-inch, Flash-having but 3G-lacking tablet clad in an unassuming but extremely sophisticated exterior. It's what's running behind the glass that disappoints.
A beta emulator of HP’s webOS 3.0 leaked, and enthusiasts wasted no time putting together an extensive video walk-through of the platform on a virtual tablet. While webOS is still a work in progress, nearly 19 minutes of feature demonstrations show a highly user-friendly and effective touch interface. Software is only part of the equation, of course; HP will have to entice developers to create applications for the TouchPad tablet, due out this summer.
PreCentral’s Derek Kessler provides the virtual tablet tour, and even the naysayers would have to admit that webOS 3.0 impresses.
Q13 FOX News' Bill Wixey recently contrasted and compared the three leading tablets in what has been called 'The Tablet Wars'.
No surprise that the Apple's iPad 2 is the winner over two Android tablets, the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
The iPad has better picture quality, it's simple to use and has a much longer battery life than the other tablets. The iPad 2 also improves on the original iPad with a sleeker, lighter and brighter design. The tablet also creates an easy interface with other Apple products.
Reviews of the Research In Motion BlackBerry PlayBook tablet haven’t thus far been that flattering for RIM’s first tablet device, but apparently some experts believe there is at least one tech area that the BlackBerry PlayBook slaps rival tablet the Apple iPad right out of the game.
According to an article over on the Economic Times, experts are saying that the BlackBerry PlayBook leaves Apple’s iOS tablet “miles behind” when it comes to multitasking, due to the PlayBook’s QNX Neutrino operating system.
Apparently said experts say the QNX OS enables the BlackBerry PlayBook to perform multitasking at “amazing speed” and users can keep multiple apps running simultaneously and this is the reason the PlayBook has no home button.
Apple currently dominates the tablet market with their iPad and Apple iPad 2, but it appears some analysts are giving the BlackBerry PlayBook the thumbs up, although apparently RIM does have some catching up to do.
Have to say, Apple’s tablet tech does lead in the field, but there is definitely room for other tablets such as the BlackBerry PlayBook and Android tablets, but the big question is, can Apple remain ahead of the game?
Acer Inc, the world's second-largest PC maker by market share, will begin selling its first tablet PC in the Chinese market in mid-May.
The company's new 25.4-cm touch-screen tablet PC is called Iconia Tab A500, and is equipped with Google Inc's latest Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system.
“Our sales goal in the Chinese market is 80,000 units in the first two months after launching,” said Oliver Ahrens, president of Acer China.
He said that the company cannot be considered a late starter in the tablet PC market. As the first PC company to use the Android 3.0 system in a tablet PC, Ahrens said more Acer tablets will hit the stores this year and in 2012, and will include updated system support.
To compete with other tablets, especially the industry giant Apple Inc's iPad, Acer's tablet incorporates functions such as USB slots, which are not included in the iPad. With a price tag of 3,299 yuan (US$504) for the 16 gigabyte WiFi-enabled version, Acer's tablet costs less than a similarly equipped iPad 2.
Acer will use its existing sales channels, and those of Founder Technology Group Corp with which it merged last year, to stimulate sales of the tablet PC.
Google offshoot AdMob has been busy looking into what people use tablets for. It questioned around 1500 people, with the majority likely to be iPad users, bearing in mind Apple's current dominant position. The results make interesting reading and challenge popular assumptions.
1. Tablets Are for Use On the Go
Tablets might be portable and, yes, you might see hipsters at Starbucks armed with them. But the AdMob survey indicates that 82 percent of people use tablets primarily in the home. Just 11 percent use them when they're "on the go," to quote the survey question.
2. Tablets Are Mostly Used for Multimedia
Market research firm IDC refers to "media tablets" when discussing the iPad and its brethren. But, as researcher Horace Dediu points out, the AdMob survey indicates that only half of tablet purchasers use them for "consuming entertainment (music, videos)."
Bearing in mind that tablets are mostly used in the home, it would make little sense to watch a movie on a small tablet when a large TV is ready and waiting a few feets away. I suspect most of the 51 percent of people using tablets to watch movies and multimedia are consuming YouTube snippets or short news reports on their tablets, rather than full-length feature films.
3. Tablets Are Used for Web Browsing
This might be true, but the type of Web browsing on a tablet is different from that of a desktop PC. Seventy-eight percent of respondents to the AdMob survey said they use their tablets for "searching for information." This isn't hard to understand; in my experience, tablets are very commonly used when there's a desire to scratch an information itch. Is Sheldon's girlfriend in "The Big Bang Theory" the actress from "Blossom?" Grab the iPad and do a quick search.
Additionally, 61 percent consider their tablet to be a newspaper replacement, using their tablets for "reading the news." Maybe Rupert Murdoch is right.
4. Gaming Doesn't Work on a Tablet
Tablet owners clearly disagree that gaming sucks on a tablet. Eighty-four percent of respondents to AdMob's survey said they used their tablet to play games
Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1 review: A tablet PC capable of withstanding hard knocks and spilt drinks
The 12.1in, semi-rugged Toughbook CF-C1 is designed to withstand vibration, drops (up to 76cm) and accidental spills. It doesn't look pretty, nor does it feel great to use, but it's very useful. Its touchscreen allows you to use the notebook as a tablet PC, and there is even a handy strap on the underside of the notebook so that can carry it easily in one hand like you would a clipboard, for example.
At 1.5kg, the Toughbook CF-C1 is a deceptively light notebook that's not quite as rugged as previous Toughbooks we've seen (such as the CF-19MK3). Instead it's designed to be tough, yet still resemble a normal tablet-convertible PC. It's good for all sorts of business users and field workers who want something sturdy for on-site work as well as old-fashioned office tasks.
Microsoft's Office 365 package for businesses is open for beta testing. Here's a tour of the productivity and communication lineup on the desktop, in a Web browser, and from Windows phones.
The Features Inside Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft has opened its Office 365 services to public beta testing. This cloud suite, which competes with Google Apps for Business, targets small and large businesses with productivity and communication tools that integrate across the desktop, Web, and mobile devices.
Office 365, Microsoft's answer to Google Apps for Business, just became available to the public for beta testing. With this move, Redmond comes closer to delivering a package of tools to companies seeking e-mail, word processing, Web-based meetings, and scores of other services that work on PCs and mobile devices alike.
Why These Services Matter
The cloud--just another buzzword for anything stored online--is where the future of productivity lives, after all. More and more workers take their work away from their desks onto mobile devices, and bring their own smartphones and tablets to work.
Office 365 and Google Apps for Business promise to manage the nitty-gritty, back-end tasks that many businesses pay IT staff to handle (see how that's meant to work here). Their cloud services can free a company to get things done without a tech whiz.
There are potentially big savings in migrating tools to the cloud. Online meetings
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook hits store shelves on Tuesday, but it might not be able to do battle with Apple's iPad 2 like RIM would hope.
The 7-inch tablet goes on sale today in the U.S. and Canada. The PlayBook has a 1024x600 touchscreen display, and a dual-core, 1-GHz Cortex A9 microprocessor backed by a full gigabyte of RAM. It's offered in 16GB for $499, 32GB for $599, and 64GB for $699.
The tablet PC, which is based on the Android 3.0 operating system, was first previewed at January's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, but the company did not announce a launch date or price at that time.
The tablet has a 10.1-inch screen and will run on Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor. The LED-backlit screen has 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and the tablet will be equipped with front and back-facing cameras, and connectors for USB, Mini USB, HDMI and an SD Card slot. Networking will be via 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. It has 16 gigabytes of storage space and 1 gigabyte of memory.
It will also have a removable battery pack, and Toshiba will offer a long-life battery as an option. Typical battery life of the tablet was not disclosed.
Intel has sat pretty much outside the exploding, all-consuming tablet-mania for the most part so far. Sure, they have components here and there, and crossover market agreements with certain Table PC manufacturers, but they don’t have a tablet to call their own. Well, Intel made a huge move to remedy that April 8 when they announced a $30 million dollar stake made by their investment branch in relatively unknown Kno, a start-up firm specializing in educational tablets.
If Intel could deliver an education-based tablet at a reasonable price, acceptance by just one or two U.S. school districts could eventually mean national acceptance, and a market share leadership role in a segment widely untouched by traditional tablet manufacturers.
It appears that Know ill be given free reign on product design, but obviously Intel components and software, as well as that of its partners, will make up the majority of the guts of whatever tablets are created. This is another boon for little-known Kno,a s it provides access to Intel’s partners as well. Intel was a major figure in the first round of Microsoft tablets,
Bring-Your-Own-Device work policies, availability of high-speed networks and an inexorable shift to virtualized and cloud computing environments, are all serving as catalysts that drive the growth of tablet presence in the enterprise.
A report, Are Tablets Set for Enterprise Primetime, carried out by leading US based market research company, Strategy Analytics found that the increasing power, range and availability of tablet devices is driving their growth in the workplace.
Recent months have seen the release of powerful dual core tablets, including Research in Motion’s Playbook, the iPad2, Mortorola’s Xoom and the popular Asus eee pad; all capable of running many of the tools required for the office.
“Tablets are increasingly being viewed as a fast and unobtrusive way to enter and access key information, irrespective of location and context.”
Peter Rojas of gdgt stirred up a flurry of commentary with his prediction that Amazon is working on a tablet with Samsung. He sees the Amazon media ecosystem (audio, video, ebooks) as a reasonable jumping off point for the retailer to hit the market with its own branded Android tablet. The tech world has jumped on Peter’s prediction with gusto, and many are questioning whether such a move would end up jeopardizing Amazon’s relationships with partners in the Android space. Frankly, I don’t think Amazon cares as this tablet is all about extending the company’s retail operation, and not about taking over the Android tablet market.
First up, I agree with Peter that a tablet from Amazon is inevitable. I’ve written about this before and colleague Jason Perlow has too. The company has been carefully building up a retail ecosystem on the Android platform, and the recent opening of the Amazon Appstore was the final piece of the pre-tablet puzzle. The system is so well fleshed out that Amazon would be remiss in not producing its own tablet.
In 2010 MobileDemand, a leading provider of Rugged Tablet PCs, outpaced all its competitors in year-on-year growth by nearly tripling revenue over 2009.
"We had an amazing year in 2010," says MobileDemand President Matt Miller. "The introduction of our xTablet T7000 was extremely successful, helping us better serve our core markets as well as expand into new verticals. Our latest product, the xTablet C1200 Convertible Tablet PC will fill additional niches," Miller continues.
MobileDemand got its start providing Rugged Tablet PCs to Anheuser-Busch distributors in 2003. They used the tablets for presales and merchandising to stores. Today the company's rugged Tablet PC computers are used by mobile workers in virtually every industry including food and beverage distribution, agriculture, manufacturing, warehousing, field service, hospitality, retail, transportation, military and public sector. The company has built its reputation on a unique capability to develop peripherals and accessories for the tablet computers that make mobile workers more productive.
The widespread adoption of Tablet PCs is driving the cloud computing industry forward, according to new research from Strategy Analytics.
According to the firm's latest report, Are Tablets Set for Enterprise Primetime, the increasing power, range and availability of portable computers means they are now a top choice for businesses - not just personal computer users.
The firm claims that dual-core tablets have set a mini-revolution in motion and this in turn could be driving the uptake of cloud computing.
After falling behind in the tablet wars, Acer has been quickly trying to make up ground in recent weeks, first with the Iconia Tab A500 running Android 3.0 and now with the official release of the Iconia Tab W500, which runs Windows 7 in either its Home Premium or Professional flavor.
As we all know, Microsoft hasn’t figured out a way to create a popular tablet OS yet, so Acer tries to tabletize Windows 7 with its Acer Ring interface, which makes use of the multi-touch screen to ease tasks like storing Web content, connecting to social networks, and accessing media files saved on the W500. You also get a docking station complete with keyboard, pointing device, and USB and Ethernet ports.
There was the Hippie Generation, the Me Generation, Generation X, and now the Touch Generation?! According to a recent article posted on Intel’s Free Press site, we could be raising the next generation of touch savvy or “digital native” tots that could undoubtedly be called the “Touch Generation.” It makes sense. In place of TV’s – Tablets, smartphones, and other “touch” friendly devices are becoming the modern day babysitter and in some cases are certainly a source of engagement for hours of entertainment for your children. Apps and accessories for smartphones and tablets are growing exponentially for children
So has the Smartphone as well as tablets become the new pacifier? Yes and no. As with everything, such types of interactivity should always be monitored, lest you end up with a broken device quickly. Also just like with TV’s, several hours in front of it, is ok, if your child is getting something out of it for a brief time, but shouldn’t become a replacement for human interactivity and education.
Android is certainly making its rounds these days, and T-Mobile is the second company to launch the OS on a tablet. LG’s G-Slate, offered through T-Mobile, hit the store shelves today and is the first tablet of its kind to offer 3D capabilities.
Any hopes of competing with Apple for the tablet PC market is kind of a no-go, what, with the heavy price tag which is $129 more than the iPad 2. While the official retail price of G-Slate is pegged at $529, users will also have to pay a mail-in rebate of $100 for a 2-year contract with T-Mobile.
Samsung recently released a Wifi only version of their popular 7 inch Galaxy Tab, and it has been so popular that it is currently the #2 Tablet Bestseller on all of Amazon. And if you are tablet shopping, you undoubtedly have heard of the huge sales the Apple iPad 2 had during their launch. But did you know that the Samsung Galaxy Tab Wifi actually outperforms the iPad 2 Wifi in many areas simply because it has features the iPad 2 does not? When tablet shopping, it is all about what features fit your lifestyle. But if you never watch videos on web pages, you probably don’t care that Apple’s tablet does not support Flash, and never will. So, let’s list the 5 most popular features the Samsung Galaxy Tab has that the iPad 2 doesn’t.
1 – Full Flash 10.1 support – Steve Jobs is a Flash-hater (no one knows why), so Apple products can not fully reproduce the millions of web pages that use this visual masterpiece. If you are a gamer and video watcher, Flash is King, and so is the Galaxy Tab Wifi.
oday, Amazon announced an update to Kindle for Android that brings new features and adds support for tablet computers running Android’s Honeycomb, including the Motorola Xoom. The latest version of Kindle for Android includes an integrated immersive shopping experience tailored for tablets, a new layout for newspapers and magazines designed for the unique interface of Honeycomb, and dozens of other new enhancements that take advantage of the larger screens. Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for Android includes Amazon's Whispersync technology, which saves and synchronizes a customer's books and bookmarks across their Kindle, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Android-based phones and tablets. Customers can learn more about Kindle for Android at www.amazon.com/kindleforandroid and download the app from the Amazon Appstore for Android or Android Market.
“We’ve taken all the features customers love about Kindle for Android, and created a beautiful new user interface and a seamless shopping experience tailored to the look and feel of Honeycomb tablets,” said Dorothy Nicholls, Director, Amazon Kindle. “As always, Kindle customers ‘Buy Once, Read Everywhere,’ so Kindle for Android is the perfect companion for the millions of customers who own a Kindle and a way for customers around the world to download and enjoy books on their Android phone or tablet even if they don’t yet own a Kindle.”
Say what you will about the BlackBerry PlayBook, I am convinced RIM is going to sell boatloads of them. Reviews of the PlayBook have been less than stellar, but the ones I’ve seen are written from the perspective of the techie who compares it to the rest of the tablet field. I am testing the PlayBook, and I see the point being made by these reviews. But I’ve also been showing it to lots of non-techies, and every BlackBerry owner I’ve shown it to gets downright excited about the PlayBook. There are millions of folks like these, and I am convinced RIM will sell more tablets than all tablet makers except Apple.
Dell is betting on Android and Windows 7 tablets to counter the surge in popularity of the Apple iPad.
Michael Dell shows off a new seven-inch Streak Android tablet. Photo: Hartmann StudiosA leaked roadmap suggests Dell has in store two Windows 7 tablets and a 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablet for release later this year, as the company aims to grab tablet market share. But despite keeping allegiance to Microsoft with Windows 7, Dell CEO Michael Dell says Android tablets will one day dominate the market.
The three Dell tablets, detailed courtesy of a presumed roadmap leak to the AndroidCentral blog, are reportedly set to arrive later this year, with the Android tablet, dubbed "Streak Pro," as early as June. The Streak Pro specs list a 10-inch display (1280 by 800 resolution), an Nvidia 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, with two microphones and two cameras for video recording and chatting, running on Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS for tablets. Dell won't go for a stock Android UI, but use instead its Stage 1.5 user interface.
The two Dell Windows 7 tablets are set to follow the Streak Pro: the 13-inch Latitude XT-3 in July, and the Latitude ST in October. The Latitude XT-3 will be a convertible tablet (like most pre-iPad tablet offerings), with Intel CPUs, 2GB of RAM, and a stylus, powered by Windows 7.
We've been talking in the forums about specs for the rumored Dell Streak Pro -- the 10-inch tablet that's coming -- and now we've got the pic to back it up. So what you're looking at is a 10-inch tablet at 1280x800 resolution (that's normal for that size), running Honeycomb. No surprises there. Also mentioned is the newer Tegra T25 processor. Noyce. It'll be "data only," meaning don't expect to do voice calls on this thing, unless it's VOIP. And to that end it's got a pair of microphones for video chat.
And that June date at the top goes against a report just a couple weeks ago that said the tablet was being pushed back to fall. Of course, this is as unofficial is that rumor, so we'll all just need to wait and see. Thanks, anon!
Although tablet was one of Gates’s last great initiatives at Microsoft, a privilege of vast power and wealth is that when things don’t work out, you get to simply walk away. Tablet? What tablet? Other people take the fall.
Thus, the punditocracy was rather skeptical of tablets when Apple came along in the Spring of 2010 with the iPad.
Microsoft has had to do an embarrassing two-step to re-launch its own tablet efforts. However, it was leaked to Engadget this past weekend that one of Redmond’s erstwhile partners, Dell, is slated (ha!) to bring out a 13” Windows 7 tablet based on an Intel Core CPU in July, and a 10” Windows 7 tablet based on an Intel Atom CPU in October. These Latitudes are clearly aimed at businesses. Dell will also field a 10” Android tablet under the Streak brand for consumers in June. Other vendors supporting Windows tablets included Asus, Lenovo, and Samsung. How firm this support is remains to be seen.
Mobile Burn: Leading laptop vendor to release an Android 3.0 tablet PC with a stylus this summer, according to report.
"According to a PowerPoint presentation obtained by This Is My Next, Lenovo is planning to release an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, complete with stylus and optional keyboard dock. Lenovo, for its part, has made no official announcement at all."
"The tablet, which may be called the ThinkPad Tablet or Think Slate according to the leaked documents, seems to have the standard set of hardware that we have seen with other Honeycomb tablets thus far
Unveiling its first ever tablet PCs, S1 and S2; Sony has effectively launched a salvo into the ongoing tablet wars.
The Japanese electronics and entertainment giant's tablet computers will be able to download videos, music and other entertainment and be compatible with existing PlayStation games, Sony official Kunimasa Suzuki said in a news conference. Both use the Google Android 3.0 operating system, known as Honeycomb.
The Sony Tablet S1 has a 9.4 inch (24 centimetre) screen, and front and rear cameras. S1 is intended for the home. The folding clamshell S2 is a portable device with dual 5.5 inch color touchscreens and fits into a pocket.
"This design is particularly relevant for reading digital books whose content is displayed on screen as two pages side-by side," Suzuki said.
Since the impressive creation of a tablet market by the technology giant Apple, several players have entered the market to challenge what would otherwise be a monopoly of the iPad. Sony's table devices also come in line with the massive interest the gadget has garnered across the globe fueled by the competition.
Scroll down to see photos of Sony's tablet computers S1 and S2:
Sony revealed Tuesday two Google Android-based touchscreen tablets, which will released this fall in an attempt to catch up to Apple's year-long head start with the iPad.
The tablets, dubbed S1 and S2, were unveiled at a media launch in Japan, Reuters reports. Sony will attempt to leverage its successes in the gaming industry to drive sales of the tablets, as both the S1, which sports a 9.4-inch display, and the S2, which features two 5.5-inch displays, will be compatible with select PlayStation games.
Sony deputy president of consumer products and services Kunimasa Suzuki indicated that the devices will run the tablet-designed Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, as he pulled a prototype from a jacket pocket at the launch.
In an effort to distinguish itself from the growing list of Android-based iPad competitors, such as the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sony has developed two unique form factors for its tablets. The S1 has an "off-center of gravity form factor," while the S2 features a foldable dual-screen setup.
The S1 will feature a Tegra 2 processor, Wi-Fi and 3G/4G cellular data capability. IT will also include an IR port for AV controls with Sony's line of Bravia televisions and support for the Sony-initiated Digital Living Network Alliance standards. Sony held off on revealing further details on either the S1 or the S2, disclaiming that "design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
The devices are slated for a global release in the fall of this year
President Barack Obama, one of the most technologically-forward presidents in modern history, was recently photographed with the iPad 2 tablet and Apple Smart Cover. It’d be interesting to see and know what app(s) the president uses on his tablet, and more importantly how the U.S. government handles security with the tablet.
Not many people were pleased to discover that HTC’s upcoming first tablet, the Flyer, will come pre-loaded with Android Gingerbread.
It’s not that this version is any way poor, of course - just that Google itself has said that Honeycomb is the version of the OS designed for the bigger displays of a tablet PC.
HTC has now tried to assure annoyed customers on Twitter that it will be bringing Honeycomb to the device shortly afterwards, with the official account saying, “we will be updating Flyer to Honeycomb shortly after launch.”
If the company does come good on this promise, it will be the first time a tablet has been updated from a mobile version of Android to Honeycomb, with earlier models (such as the Froyo-powered Galaxy Tab) seemingly incapable of making the leap.
Sony Corp. introduced its first tablet computers, joining Samsung Electronics Co. and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. in their pursuit of Apple Inc., a year after the iPad spurred a surge in demand for the devices.
Sony will use Google Inc.’s Android operating system for the personal computers, Kunimasa Suzuki, Sony’s head of personal computers, said in Tokyo today. The S1 model will feature a 9.4- inch liquid-crystal display, as well as front and rear cameras. The S2 laptop-shaped model will have dual 5.5-inch screens and feature cameras, Sony said.
The Japanese electronics maker aims to compete in the crowding market for tablet computers, the fastest-growing segment of the consumer-electronics industry. Tablet PC sales will reach $49 billion by 2015 as consumers flock to devices that bridge the gap between smartphones and laptops, according to estimates this month by research firm Strategy Analytics.
The Apple iPad 2 is no doubt the best-selling tablet--but does that mean it's the best tablet?
To find out, I spent a few weeks testing some of the iPad's leading competitors. I learned that in a surprising number of areas, including navigation, e-mail handling, and Web browsing, the other tablets actually beat out the iPad.
For this comparison, I set aside raw hardware specs. Processor speed, RAM, and ports certainly matter, but a tablet can have great specs and still be awkward and unpleasant to use. What makes or breaks a tablet is its operating system, which determines whether answering e-mail, watching video, and surfing the Web will be a pleasure or a frustration.
From left to right: Motorola Xoom, LG Slate, Apple iPad 2.Several tablet operating systems are poised to battle it out. While most tablet OSs come on only one brand of tablet each, Google's Android 3.0 is the choice of a growing number of manufacturers, some of which add their own custom interface as HTC does with Sense UI and Samsung does with TouchWiz.
Sony will launch two new tablets before the end of the year. But do the S1 and S2 really stand a chance against the Apple iPad and Xoom?
And the tablet market continues to swell. The latest entrants? The S1 and S2, a pair of tablet computers from the folks over at Sony. (S1 and S2 are code-names. Note to Sony branding team: We vote for Tiger Venom Tablet Extravaganza and Tiger Venom Tablet Extravaganza 2, when these things actually hit shelves.) According to early reports from Tokyo, where the tablets were unveiled, the S1 is a regular old 9.4-inch tablet machine –– flat and shiny.
So how will the S1 and S2 fare in the already-crowded tablet market?
The iPad may face increased competition from tablets running Android, but that's doing little to stoke the enthusiasm of mobile developers, according to a new survey from development software maker Appcelerator. The survey found that interest in developing for Android among Appcelerator's developers is plateauing, particularly when it comes to creating apps for Android-based tablets.
Surveys of developer preference should always be taken with the customary grains of salt, but the latest Appcelerator numbers provide an interesting snapshot for a couple reasons. First, the survey features developers who use Appcelerator Titanium, a cross-platform mobile development tool--in other words, a crowd with an interest in building apps across multiple platforms. There's also the issue of timing--the survey comes after some of the multitude of tablets hyped at this year's Consumer Electronics Show have hit the market, giving mobile developers their first chance to see that hardware in action.
Is anyone else starting to see a pattern here? It's a simple recipe, really: A scoop of Honeycomb, mixed with a fast Tegra 2 processor and a splash of Flash beta, served inside a big, bright screen. That's what Motorola did with the Xoom ($599-$799, 3.5 stars), LG and T-Mobile did with the G-Slate (3.5 stars, $629), and it's what Acer offers up in its first Android tablet, the Acer Iconia A500. The 10.1-inch Iconia's spec sheet reads a lot like the Xoom's and the G-Slate's, with three major differences: it's a bit bulkier, it's Wi-Fi only, and, at $449 (direct), it costs less. If that combination sounds good to you, the Iconia A500 might be your cure-all tablet.
Before we dig in, a quick pricing note: For now, there's a single Iconia tablet, and it's a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model. AT&T has announced a 4G version, coming this summer, and Acer has confirmed that there's a 32GB version hitting the U.S. soon.
Here's the thing about the glut of Honeycomb tablets we're seeing right now: They're really not all that different. Our Editors' Choice, the Apple iPad 2, remains the best tablet on the market, but if you're set on Android, you should definitely opt for a tablet that's running Honeycomb and packs a Tegra 2 processor. Among those models, there's not too much variation
Chinese computer maker Lenovo is going forward with its "Protect and Attack" strategy. The world's fourth-largest producer of personal computers now has set its sights on Apple and its popular iPad tablet device. The company recently unveiled its LePad, which serves as both a laptop and tablet PC. The dual laptop/tablet device will run Windows when plugged into the base or Android when used as a tablet. Analysts estimate that the device, which recently launched in China, will grab nearly 10% of the country's tablet sales. Lenovo believes that the device will be a hit in other markets too; the U.S. can expect the device this summer.
The hybrid device will be attractively priced; costing about $1,000 or about the same as midrange laptops. However, when you consider the added tablet feature, the price is very reasonable. While it may not be an iPad killer, the LePad may have the greatest success with corporate users. Lenovo is the number one in notebooks among companies and public-sector institutions, thanks to its ThinkPad line of laptops.
Regular readers of this blog know my affinity for the tablet. I like using them, I find they fit my life very well and it’s a common site to see me with one tablet or another in my hands. I believe that I am not alone with my preference for the slate, but when it comes to hard numbers there haven’t been any to indicate that there is a sizable market for any tablet other than the iPad.
Samsung got some traction last year with the global release of the Galaxy Tab, but the sales numbers bandied about for this tablet were called into question. I don’t remember seeing any hard proof that Samsung has sold millions of the Galaxy Tab as originally indicated. This is my tablet of preference, so I think it’s possible Samsung has sold a lot of them, but I have seen no proof of that.
The Motorola XOOM was the first big tablet to hit the market with the Android Honeycomb operating system optimized for tablets. It was released with a big advertising campaign in the U. S., so if any non-iPad tablet should have created a splash it should have been the XOOM. Analysts are painting a very grim picture for sales of the XOOM, so it doesn’t look like it has proven there is a real market for an Android tablet.
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.