Dawn of the Tablet Computers Era
Tablet computers powered by the launch of the Apple iPad, became one of the most popular technological topics of 2010. In many ways it is reminiscent of how the netbook computer (you know still?) appeared on the scene in 2007-2008, the tablet computer came out of nowhere in 2010. The accelerated growth of tablet computers is expected to continue well into the future.
According to Gartner analysts, "global media tablet sales to end users are expected to reach 19.5 million units in 2010." Beyond the current calendar year, "Media tablets are ready for strong growth with global sales of end users is expected to total 54.8 million units in 2011, 181 percent higher than in 201
Gartner defines the term" media tablets "like" slate devices that support touch and a light weight OS such as iOS, Android, WebOS or Meego. Examples of media tablets are the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Cisco Cius.
Tablet computers – manufacturers and suppliers
Companies that have already started shipping tablet computers or will release them in the first half of 2011, including Apple, HP, Dell, Samsung, Acer, Viewsonic, Google, Blackberry (RIM), Toshiba, Asus, Cisco, NEC, Archos, Velocity Micro and a large number of others. Competition will be fierce in a busy field.
With varying sales projections and numerous companies rolling out their own versions of a media tablet computer, there are quite a few questions about what 2011 will bring to the world of the tablet computer. For example:
- Can someone challenge the enormous lead Apple has built up with the iPad?
- Are tablet sales mainly driven by early adopters or can tablets make the leap to mainstreet and wider acceptance?
- How much will the price of tablet computing fall in 2011 as competition increases?
- How wide will businesses embrace tablet computers?
- How fast will tablet technology, functionality and capabilities evolve?
- Will your tablet computer replace your laptop? Your smartphone? Your television?
- What impact does a Google tablet computer with the Android operating system have on the market?
- What is the "correct" size for a tablet computer? 5 inch? 7 inch? 9 inch? 10 inches?
There are plenty of questions that will arise in the tablet computer world over time. To give some insight into the current tablet computers and technology, I have compiled a video compilation from YouTube with some of the current competitors in the field of tablet computers. Enjoy.
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