Tablet computers are a hybrid of the classic PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant) and a mobile phone. It is in short a computer that is ‘mobile’ with no keyboards or any other computer hardware attached to it. With a sensitive touch screen, tablet computers have an onscreen keyboard and some use a stylus pen for navigation purposes or handwriting recognition.
Recently tablet computers have been high in demand because they are highly portable, not to mention lightweight and their battery life is much longer than that of laptops. They are much more user friendly with the added advantage of being faster to boot. The latest tablet computers also have high quality cameras for taking pictures and directly uploading it anywhere you want to.
Tablet computers are way more expensive than traditional PCs or even laptops. The interesting part is that even when tablet computers are ‘pricey’ people are willing to spend more money in buying them, even when some broadband companies that are giving away a free laptop with their connections.
The tablet market first sparked by the launch of Apple’s iPad in 2010 has continued to grow drastically. Since then, almost every major mobile company like Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Blackberry etc has jumped on the bandwagon. As we have now entered 2012 the market is anticipated to keep growing and has almost overtaken the laptop market. There are almost 3.62 million tablet users in the UK.
According to a recent market research by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. 73% of UK’s market share in tablet computers is held by Apple iPad. But with the increasing variety in tablets, Apple’s market share is destined to erode over the coming years. It will take time because almost 75% of the Apple iPad owners say that they are ‘very satisfied’ with their choice of device and their word of mouth is strong.
The biggest competitor to the iPad has proven to be the Samsung Galaxy Tab which is cheaper and has the Android operating system. But, the fact remains that Apple is the leader and will continue to be for a very long time. Though, it is expected that many of the other companies who have been hopeful of entering the tablet market might have to fall out of it altogether because the competition is only going to get tougher.
Tablet computers are most commonly used for reading e-books and newspapers, emailing and playing games. An interesting fact is that most tablet owners use them mostly for playing games as compared to all other uses. This shows how interactive a tablet computer can be and how it has also become a partner in increasing the games market drastically.
Extensive marketing campaigns by companies like Apple and Samsung have created a vast awareness among computer users about the tablet computer. Regarding their future plans, there are 28% of the computer users who intend to buy a tablet in 2012 in UK, but aren’t sure of which brand. This presents a great opportunity to all tablet producers who will surely be fighting to grab this market share.
However, the older generation is less penetrated by the tablet computer market. The older generation has less understanding of the differences between a tablet computer and laptops. This generation is still more comfortable in using laptops with larger screens and bigger keyboards. Senior executives have been known to prefer buying broadband packages that offer a free laptop, than thinking of buying a tablet computer. Plus, for them they have much more use of a smartphone and choose to buy that instead of a tablet, which they consider as a large-sized smartphone.
The market for tablet computers is anticipated to increase drastically this year with the introduction of better tablets by companies competing for the market share. There is still a large chunk of the computer-user market that does not own a tablet, presenting an opportunity to these companies. Especially since only 3% of the respondents of the Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. survey did not know what a tablet computer was. Then there is the older generation that could really benefit from a portable tablet computer instead of using the same old heavy laptop. It is fair to say that tablet computers are only moving up from here with no looking back. Laptops can be expected to become obsolete, but hopefully no time soon.
As an addition to the growing pipeline of the Eee Pad family, Asus has officially rolled out the Eee Slate EP121 at the CES 2011. The slate sports pretty decent specs and features as it is even tagged as the device with “No Compromise” solution for business professionals.
First up, the Asus Eee Slate EP121 boasts a whopping 12-inch multi touch IPS display at 1280 x 800 resolution. Moreover, the device offers a Core i5-470UM processor, and will run the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. Added up to its powerful performance is the 64GB solid state disk and 4GB memory onboard. The slate can actually run flash, too. Other goodies of the device which will surely suit business pros out there include Wireless Bluetooth keyboard as well as Wacom pen, and multi-touch which can be used for multiple input options when creating content. Using the stylus, text input is guaranteed flawless and very responsive.
The Asus Eee Slate EP121 tablet PC is dubbed to be ultra-versatile after witnessing basic Photoshop editing while running a 1080p HD video in the background. Many found the feature really powerful and it is even described as the most powerful tablet in the market. The device will actually have its release date in January and if this made you interested enough, prepare to shell out a price of $999-$1099. Has this caught your attention as well? Then take a peek at some images of the Asus Eee Slate EP121 tablet PC below.
The Fujitsu Lifebook T580 tablet PC has taken a while off after its introduction in September. But people who are looking forward to seeing this guy hit the US market should be happy as the tablet PC has already had its release date and thus the Fujitsu Lifebook T580 tablet PC is up for grabs already. However, for those who have forgotten what this convertible tablet notebook boasts of, here’s a quick run down of the specs and features.
Fujitsu Lifebook T580 Specs
- 10.1-inch rotatable touchscreen
- Core i3 or i5 processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 160GB hard disk drive
- Windows 7 Professional operating system
- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity
- VGA and HDMI output
- SD card reader and smartCard reader
- Spill resistant keyboard and touchpad
- 6-cell battery
Moreover, the device offers a dual-input capacitive display with an N-trig digitizer as well as four-finger multitouch capabilities. As for the battery-life, the convertible tablet PC promises eight hours of battery life. The price for the Fujitsu Lifebook T580 starts at $1149 for the Express Buy model which packs the core i3 processor. But then, $250 will be added for an upgrade of specs including the Core i5. Quite shabby specs for a high end price, hmmm… What do you think, eh?
We’ve said hello to the MSI Windpad 100 tablet PC in May during the press conference in Computex. And recently, news have started to spread claiming that this yet another iPad competitor will have its release date by January of February of 2011. If that happens to be true, then the news does sound really good. However, for those who have missed what this tablet PC has to offer us, here is a quick glance of the MSI Windpad 100 tablet PC’s specs and features.
Inside the slate is an Intel Atom Z530 processor which is clocked at 1.66GHz. There is also a 2GB of DDR3 RAM as well as 32GB of solid state disk. The 10-inch tablet PC with a resolution of 1024 x 600p is powered by the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. It will also come with the company’s custom user interface. Other goodies of this guy here include an accelerometer, SD card slot, a pair of USB ports, Wi-Fi and 3G for connectivity, and a mini HDMI output. Battery-wise, it is expected to promise approximately 8 hours of use upon single charge.
The MSI Windpad 100 tablet PC is anticipated to ship at a price of $499. Consumers who can hardly wait for this upcoming device can catch a few minutes of hands-on clip of the device.
Due to the success of the Apple’s iPad, people are really making a big fuss about compact computer tablets. Other top brand manufacturers have even made their way to competing against the iPad slate such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab. As for the Galaxy Tab, we’ve seen how it was welcomed in the market, too and it looks as though the maker of the tablet PC isn’t going to stop at like that as there are rumblings heard that Samsung is planning to out another tablet PC dubbed as Gloria.
You see, everything is just a rumor as of the moment, but it is said that the Samsung Gloria tablet will sport with specs and features including a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen LCD display. Despite the growing Android tablets, this one is going to be powered by Windows 7 as its operating system. Moreover, the slate will surely be user friendly with its full pull out QWERTY keyboard.
The guys over Samsung have not unleashed the full details yet, but it is anticipated to ship with its release date on March or April of the 2011. Whoa, do we smell an early treat for 2011? Stick with us as we give you an update of this upcoming device. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the image of how the Samsung Gloria Tablet PC will possibly look like.
As we notice, Acer has focused on installing Android on the majority of their portable computing gadgets. And with that, the company has announced a series of new Android tablets which seemed as though they’re attempting to compete with the Apple iPad’s enormous dominance in the computing market. But after the announcement of the soon-to-be released Android tablets comes a new 10.1 inch Windows 7 tablet from Acer.
The complete hardware specs and features of the yet unnamed tablet aren’t fully disclosed yet. The farthest thing we know is that it packs a 10.1-inch screen which measures in at only 15mm thick and weighs in at just 2.2 pounds. We still don’t know what to expect regarding details of the tablet’s screen resolution, onboard memory, and memory storage, but there are leaks saying that the device will actually offer AMD silicon. Other goodies include a pair of rear and front facing camera at 1.3 megapixels and built-in Wi-Fi and 3G for connectivity.
The Acer 10.1-inch Windows 7 Tablet is expected to have its release date in February 2011. As of the moment, we don’t know how much the price will be of this tablet without a name. Meanwhile, let’s take a peek at some images of the Windows-based tablet PC below.
We’ve come across the LG E-Note H1000B tablet PC earlier this month at the FCC, and finally the tablet PC has been announced officially as the newest entry to the tablet market by the South Korean-based manufacturer, LG.
The LG E-Note H1000B tablet PC packs specs and features including a 10.1-inch resistive touchscreen display with stylus at 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. The device is also based on the Windows 7 Starter Edition operating system. It is power driven by an Intel Atom Z510 which runs at 1.16 GHz or 1.66GHz Z530 processors. In addition, the tablet PC gets a 1GB or RAM and a 16GB of solid state disk to cover your storage needs. Connectivity-wise, the gadget offers an 802.11b/g/n antenna and a Bluetooth 3.0. WiMAX is also an optional goody for the consumers. The H1000B slate is powered by a 4-cell battery and measures in at 14.5mm thick and weight at about 850 grams. Other goodies incorporated are a pair of USB 2.0 ports as well as a multi-card reader.
The LG E-Note H1000B tablet is already available in Korea at a price of 961,000 won or roughly about $847. No further details yet about its release date to other regions. It seems a little hefty, but if you are looking for a tablet PC as an alternative to the well renowned Apple iPad though, then this one just might be right for you.
Finally, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced the availability of the HP Slate 500 Business Tablet PC. From the name itself, it is aimed to target business professionals and not the simple consumers. We witnessed how we were tease with endless rumors regarding its sale, but now the device can be all yours at a price of $799.
Below is a quick rundown of the specs and features of the newly released tablet PC – the HP Slate 500 Business Tablet:
- Dimensions: 9.21 x 0.58 x 5.91 inches
- 8.9-inch wide-viewing angle touchscreen
- Intel Atom Z540 Processor at 1.86 GHz
- 2GB DDR2
- Up to 64GB Solid State Flash
- Windows 7 Professional OS
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator
- Broadcom Crystal HD Video Accelerator which offers 1080p video
- Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 3MP camera + VGA webcam
- HP Slate Digital Pen
- USB port
- SD Card Slot
- Li-Ion battery which offers up to 5 hours of run time
Moreover, the tablet PC weighs in at about 0.68 kilograms. According to HP, an HP Slate Dock and HP Slate Portfolio will be included upon purchase of the device. This first tablet PC from HP is already out in the US which will be shipped in the middle of November. However, there aren’t any details regarding the release date of the HP Slate 500 Business Tablet in the other countries.
Whoa, the competition regarding the tablet market is getting a little crowded. What do you think about this guy, eh?
And just like that, another tablet PC is going to hit the slate market in the coming months which is yet another competitor to the reigning tablet PC which is the iPad. Meet the new BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet PC which was unveiled at the annual BlackBerry Developer Conference in San Francisco, California two days ago. The device is slated to have its release date in the early 2011.
The Blackberry PlayBook Tablet PC will be utilizing the newest operating system codenamed as BlackBerry Tablet OS. The OS is created by QNX which is a recent possession of RIM. Also, the new OS offers support for POSIX and OpenGL as well as web standards like HTML5.
The tablet PC weighs just less than a pound and measures in at less than half an inch. Below is the quick rundown of its specs and features.
BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet PC Specs and Features
- Dimensions: 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
- Mass: approximately 0.9 lb or 400 grams
- 7-inch LCD at 1024 x 600p resolution with capacitive touchscreen and support for multi-touch and gesture
- BlackBerry Tablet OS
- 1 GHz dual-core Cortex A9-based processor
- 1 GB RAM
- Dual cameras: 3MP front facing camera, and 5MP rear facing camera
- Supports for full HD 1080p video
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- HDMI output
- MicroHDMI and microUSB connectors
- Support for WebKit/ HTML5/ Adobe Flash Player/ Adobe Mobile Air/ Adobe reader/ OpenGL/ Java/ POSIX
The BalckBerry PlayBook Tablet PC is thus dubbed as the first multiprocessing and multitasking professional tablet PC. Moreover, RIM intends to allow end users to have an option between 3G/ $G in the future models. There is still no words about the pricing yet. So, what do you think about this one, eh?