LAS VEGAS—Tablets were anointed as the star of the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show even before the curtain opened on the show here. Estimates of the total number of tablets being introduced or previewed here range from 25 to more than 50.
Less than a year after Apple Inc. completely redefined the tablet category with the introduction of the iPad, the promised slew of competing products is officially here. Here's a list of six tablets generating buzz on the show floor.
Intel Corp. is showing off a Samsung tablet called Gloria, which features a 10-inch touch screen and a slide out keyboard. The Gloria, which runs Windows 7, is said to be set for release sometime this spring.
Hmm if you have any doubt:
"Just about all observers agreed, it seems, that the 10.1-inch, Verizon destined Motorola Xoom was the leading -- if not only -- true iPad competitor among the pack of Android contenders.
CNET echoed this consensus when it gave the Xoom its Best of Show award."
@Frank Eory- Yeah, I know. Moto Xoom could have been on the list. Ditto for PlayBook and several others mentioned in this string. I was putting it together on the fly, and it was before I'd seen many of the ones on the show floor. I never claimed the list was comprehensive. In retrospect, I probably could have (and should have) expanded the list to at least a dozen. These were six that generated buzz, but not the only six by any means.
@Davey - By country of origin, do you mean where it was designed, manufactured, or assembled? In many cases each of these can be different countries. In addition, how would that impact your buying decision if you had that information?
I tend to agree with Larry on the walled garden and the carrier issue (this doesn't seem to be a problem in China, where the carrier-device tether is pretty much non-existent).
We did a teardown of the Dell Streak and Archos 7 devices last fall (http://video.eetimes.com/search-video/arm-techcon-teardown-smackdown/678957972001?q=dell-streak). I was fascinated with the Streak's use proposition (is it a computer? is it a phone?). It's really both, but my mind--based on technology habits formed in the past 15 years-- says if something doesn't fall into the "phone" category or the "computer" category it's hard to embrace it.
I'm sure that's just a matter of time (especially as I use my awkward Blackberry for computing and telephony and apps while despising the screen size and cursing my aging eyes).