Last year Apple launched the IPad, and it was more successful than anyone thought. This year will be the tablet explosion as Apple’s IPad 2, and plenty of Android versions, will be available. I think the ultimate thought is that tablets will eventually take over laptops, but since this has not happened, why should I invest in one?
It seems as though the tablet has become the new $500 “coffee table book.” Recently, AdMob did a survey on tablet use, and they found that 82% of tablet owners use it only at home. The tablet has become the new casual computer at home for doing some web surfing, reading the news, or playing some games. My laptop can do all of these things and a lot more.
The media seems convinced that Android tablets will not be able to keep up with the IPad. One article even refers to them as dead on arrival. After seeing the success of the Android OS in mobile, it is clear that it is only a matter of time before Android will dominate Apple in the tablet war.
Lets review how it all went down with the phones. Google’s first Android phone, the G1, debuted in late 2008. Anybody looking back in the summer of 2009 would probably say that it was not looking good for Android’s chances in putting a dent into the IPhone market share. The software was still young, needed work, and it did not have the backing of a major carrier. Flash forward to November 2009 when the Droid debuted with Android 2.0 Eclair on Verizon Wireless. About 1 year later the reports were showing that the Android OS had topped Apple’s IOS in the US and in many other parts of the world. How did they do it? They did it with multiple manufacturers blitzing the market with a tremendous amount of support from Verizon Wireless with the Droid brand.
Samsung has some nerve, putting an ad up for the Galaxy Tab in the wake of the release of the Apple iPad 2, and shortly after the launch of the Motorola Xoom. You know what though…good for Samsung! With the upcoming launch of their 8.9inch tablet, and the soon to be released 10.1 inch tab, doing a commercial for the Galaxy Tab as a whole is probably a wise decision to keep people thinking about Samsung instead of everyone else.
Even though the commercial doesn’t specify, the 7 inch Galaxy Tab is on pretty cheap right now, for $249 in most markets, so have a look at the video below and let us know what you think…should you hold out for a Galaxy Tab? Or go with…the ‘other guys’?
Quite a bit of news has trickled down the Interwebs lately regarding Verizon’s flagship tablet device, the Motorola Xoom. So far we’ve seen a hefty price tag of $799 unsubsidized and we now know that there is a WiFi only device available for $600. So, how does this pan out in comparison to Apple’s iPad, the Xoom’s major competitor? The 3G version of the iPad is running with a $729 price tag for their 32 GB model. So, as of now, the WiFi versions of both devices seem to be equal, coming in at $599 with the exception that the iPad’s WiFi 16 GB version comes in at $499. Sales show that the 16 GB version of the iPad is a top-seller at that price point. We’re curious to see if buyers will be susceptible to purchasing the device at this particular price tag. As of now, there aren’t a whole lot of options for high end 10-inch plus tablets, until we see the release of the Blackberry Playbook, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and HP’s TouchPad. Right now the Xoom is going to be as close as we get to an iPad killer, for now.
As expected, Motorola took their shot at the iPad with their full length commercial during the Super Bowl Ad extravaganza. Give it a gander below and let us know what you think. In addition, Motorola has launched the official page for the Xoom and provides tons of pics, videos, and an in depth look at the features. Check it out here. And lastly, the guys over at Engadget caught wind of a Best Buy circular showing the Xoom to initially come in at $800.00 with a Feb 24th launch date. Will you get one, or will that price tag deter you? Hit the break to check out some more pics and to view the Xoom ad aired during Super Bowl XLV.
The Super Bowl never fails to somehow deliver some of the best commercials seen all year around with some companies even shelling out cheddar in the millions. Well, this is certainly not going to be a disappointment for those caught up in the mobile industry. Motorola has released a teaser trailer of an up and coming commercial that will be released during the Super Bowl, taking aim at Apple’s iPad. For me, it had remnants of the release of the Motorola Droid all over again.
The teaser does nothing short of portraying the fact that “its time for more choices” eluding that the Apple iPad isn’t the only contender on the block, as the Xoom steps in and gives it a run for its money. Seems clever enough to me. Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below and hit the break to check out the teaser. We’re highly looking forward to checking out the full spot during the Super Bowl.
There are going to be so many tablets coming out in the next little while that we may start asking ourselves how important it is that we get one. They’ll all be in different shapes and sizes, options, specs, etc. Obviously, like choosing a computer before, the hardware you bought was likely the result of some self-analyzation on what you plan on using it for. Then came smartphones, same deal. What specs will be good enough for what you plan on doing with it. Is it for business or pleasure? Do you take alot or pictures or not? Video, video chat?
Yes, there are going to be as many options with tablets as there are with computers, laptops, and smartphones. In-Stat, a market researcher, did a report called US Consumers’ Attitudes and Behaviours Toward the Emerging Tablet Market, which they stated, “After close to a decade of negligible demand, the tablet market is finally gaining mass market appeal”.
Stephanie Ethier, senior Analyst at In-Stat also said;
Last year’s small crop of tablets was being touted as potential e-readers; a way to compete against the extremely popular Amazon Kindle line-up…But this next generation of tablets is clearly being marketed as consumer multimedia consumption devices positioned to compete squarely against the Apple iPad.
Tablets are predominantly being used for email, internet and multimedia currently, but we are also seeing the business sector look towards tablets for their solutions as well. Deloitte research firm did another report where they predict that 25% of all tablet sales will be by businesses for business activity.
55% of people surveyed who currently own tablets said they spend at least 9 hours a week using them for various things already discussed. So where do you stand? What would you use a tablet for? How long do you think you’d use it a week? maybe the real question here is this…What will having a tablet do for you that you can’t already do on your Android smartphone?
During a telephone interview, Apple COO Tim Cook had a few things to say about the iPad’s competition with Windows and Android. He stated that he thinks “there’s not much” competition in the tablet world when put up against the iPad due mainly to Apple’s approach to integrated development for the iPad (and other apple products) as well as Apple’s App Stores being more abundant.
To keep the hits coming, he mentions that Android tablets are nothing more than “scaled-up smartphones”, continue to have fragmentation issues, and are ‘vapor’ in many minds due to the lack of pricing and launch dates from the onslaught of Android tablets announced at CES 2011.
He has a couple of points, because we’ve heard many issues and different sides of the story when it comes to fragmentation and development within Android. Also, we have heard from many that tablets with Android 2.2 or 2.3 are just big smartphones. One thing he’s neglecting to mention is what happens when all these tablets do launch, with Android 3.0, which has been tailored for tablet use. It may be the same story as how Android took over smartphone market share in activated phones. There’s going to be a lot of new Android tablets out this year, and maybe 1 new iPad.
When that happens, we’ll see flooding market penetration as we did with Android smartphones, the more being released is another option for users to switch over from the iPad. It may take a while mind you, but it really comes down to numbers in the end.
If you’d like to hear the actual interview with Tim Cook, click the source link below.
OnLive, gaming streaming service, has announced it will be available on Vizio Android Devices as of today. Vizio announced its range of Android devices here yesterday as well, making these announcements just the beginning of a wonderfully tech full week at CES 2011.
OnLive’s has this statement;
With the click of a remote control, or a tap on a tablet or phone touchscreen, VIZIO owners will be immediately transported into the OnLive Game Service, with the same state-of-the-art, instant game experience you get with the OnLive MicroConsole TV adapter, PCs, Macs®, and the iPad®. In fact, you’ll be able to save your OnLive game on one device, and instantly resume it on another device. Seamlessly.
OnLive has been available to Apple iOS devices, but with the gaining popularity of Android, especially in the tablet markets to rival iPad, them making the move to Android was only a matter of time.
[via Android Central]