Apple redefined the tablet world in 2010 achieving 95 percent market share with iPad, an impressive statistic according to a report released by Strategy Analytics. Release in April 2010, within 80 days, 3 million units were sold. 2011 has been dubbed by technologists “The Year of the Tablet” so let’s take a look at some of the hottest ones that could give Apple a run for its money. Watch for Apple’s second version to hit a grand slam as well however with the feature rich offerings below, holding that 95% market share will be a challenge. One of the reasons Apple has cultivated such a lead is the way their philosophy translates to brand with the software and hardware being seamlessly engineered.
The Motorola Mobility Xoom which will be available on Verizon Wireless received a great deal of face time and fanfare at CES as it was running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the hottest new tablet operating system from Google. It may be the tablet with the fullest feature set. Check it out: It’s got a lightning fast 1 GHz dual-core processor, front and rear facing cameras, Flash support, 720p video recording and 1080p playback, a crystal clear 10.1-inch screen and what’s most impressive and exciting is the ability to upgrade it to LTE/4G down the road by simply switching out a card! This is the first tablet in the space to offer this. Bottom line is this puppy screams and is gorgeous to look at, set to enter the stage in Q1 and predicted to be a major competitor to iPad especially with Verizon’s loyal and tech-insatiable consumer base.
The BlackBerry PlayBook created buzz when a viral video on YouTube Research In Motion posted showed how much faster and more robust sites like the one for the FIFA World Cup loaded in speed tests. What’s exciting is the device will be supported on Verizon which is a user base of BlackBerry enthusiasts who will love the ability to sync up with a tablet on the go. It’s a dual core with a smaller 7” screen, still crisp and handles multi-tasking so well that two HD videos can stream simultaneously. It features double HD cameras, fast wifi ready insides and brings that classic polish that the brand has always levered to cater to business types.
The Vizio Tablet gets its namesake from the California based company that grew to massive popularity making affordable meets quality HD flat screen TVs. The goal here is to fit in with the VIA Plus Ecosystem where the tablet can seamlessly interface with the TVs through its own operating system, a nod to how Apple’s devices talk to each other and share content. It’s an 8-inch tablet with a 1 GHz processor. The new Vizio Internet Apps Plus is the operating system that runs on the big screens and tabs. This will probably be a top seller for its unlimited plug and play status and attractive price point.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab LTE has already been selling very well in 2010; 600,000 units sold in the first 7 days, it hit the one million sold mark in December of 2010, two months after it launched. Verizon and Samsung generated some major buzz at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this year when they announced the device would be available on its new 4G LTE Broadband Network. The 5 megapixel rear-facing camera will also be an option. The tablet has a 7” LCD touch screen running Android 2.2, features a 1 GHz “Hummingbird” processor and supports phone functionality as a speaker phone. Overall, the experience is elegant, fun and portable.
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