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.
I found the Notion Ink tablet really interesting. Unique mix of Sunlight readable E-ink type display & DualCore Tegra 2 CPU.
BTW I have recently tried Ziio tablet in a Creative store. Its was very laggy and had resistive touch screen. Felt like a device from 2005. I dont know why creative bothered to put out this device to market.
I like the slide-out keyboard layout of the Samsung but being right handed would rather have the mouse on the right side. I would also rather have it run Android. Does the Samsung have both slide-out and touch-screen keyboard function as is done in most smartphones with this layout?
have you ever tried to run some windows apps on Android system, its a no no.. certain areas Android is fine, but not if you want to use it for business and utilize any major programs like fileMaker pro, adobe acrobat, or some others. Android just doesn't cut it.
This year atleast a 100 companies are launching Android tablets. SO IMO the ASPs of tablets will come down to 200-300$ level by 2012. Even currently some good tablets are selling at 400-500 levels. Checkout the links from my first post.
I wonder how long it will be before Sprint, Verizon, etc. will be offered package deals that include both smartphones/tablets together at a low cost. Seems like a great way to keep the hardware cost factor down and increase network usage revenue.
The current crop of "superphones" (of which include the iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy, and the HTC variants) really do a respectable job of displacing the need for tablets. A couple people that I know who were the first to rush out and get an iPad are now peddling them on eBay because between a phone with a 4+ inch screen and a laptop, they don't really do anything well... It's interesting that there is so much excitement about "the next operating system" with these devices. People are excited about their Android 2.1 getting updated to 2.2, even though the benefit is quite incremental. Compare this to the PC market of 10 years ago when every new program was an oohh, ahh... There are people in my office who automatically upgrade their iPhone as soon as a new operating system comes out, regardless of the contract timing, etc.
I know a few of those too, but the bottom line is Not everyone is happy with what they have, they always thing the grass is greener etc; however XP was still MS's best program bar none, not even 7 comes close.. so when you find a winner stick with it. L)
I've now also had a look at Research in Motion's PlayBack tablet, which has a 7-inch screen and will be available in 16-, 32- and 64-GB. I was told it will be available sometime in the first quarter. Playback was very cool and seems elegant, but with so many out there (and so many specs of Plaback and some others still under wraps that it's kind of hard to compare to the others.)
On price, I think there are wide differences at this time, but the low end is pretty low. The Ziio from Creative Labs is listed at $270, and I've seen some reports that it is being sold as low as $250.
Another company showing some interesting tablets here is Huawei... I can't keep up.
CES is not the right place to showcase the best technology. Apple has its own show and I wish most firms note that you do not get out the word in a crowded week like CES. Get your own time and run the show your own way
Tablets are one of the anticipated products in CES 2011 long before. These tablets are somewhat build around the iPad. I was hoping there would be more features such as HDMI, SD support. The Samsung tablet with sliding keyboard is one of the many which catches my eyes although it looks really similar to OQO which was launched 5 years ago. WeTab is interesting to me simply because it has different OS. I am very interested in knowing which OS will become the most popular OS for tablet or mobile device 3-5 years from now.
+700 bucks for a touch screen internet device? are they really serious? i can get quite nice laptos with small size to that price even though no touch but nice keyboard with tons of functionality.
Most realistic price for a pad would be max 500-600 bucks depends on screen quality. Indeed these reveals show that well have imminent boom of pad market. The biggest question mark is about perfect sizing. What is the most useful size for a pad? 5,7,10 or bigger? or even something really new?
@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.
It seems like many of the tablet companies are trying to follow the cellular phone model, introducing their wares through the carriers. This seems like a poor match to me. It works fine for a phone, but even with smartphones it is less of given thing. Certainly laptops with integrated cellular haven't become mainstream. Is a tablet closer to a laptop or a cell handset? Will people tie themselves to a carrier or buy an 802.11 version and access the Internet through their home wireless or Mifi device?
Interesting question Larry, and it relates directly to my comment about Dylan's list not including the Moto tablet that is co-branded by Verizon and works on their 3G network, with an upgrade path to 4G.
I don't know the sales breakdown between iPads with the AT&T 3G vs. iPads with only WiFi, but almost every iPad owner I know has the 3G version and carries the iPad with them much more regularly than they carry a laptop.
Connectivity is a huge part of the tablet appeal, and in that sense it is more like a big smartphone than it is like a laptop or netbook. Sure, WiFi works at home, at the airport, at Starbucks and lots of other places, but it is far from ubiquitous -- and that is a much bigger deal with tablets than it ever was with any other computing platform.
But this could be a discrimination point between iPad users and Android tablet users. I haven't bought an iPad because I can't abide by Apple's closed approach. Buying any tablet that ties me to a carrier bugs me for the same reason. Maybe I'm just a curmudgeon (probably no 'maybe' about it :-)) but might others feel the same?
I agree that the 3G option is almost a must have. If you are commuting on a train for example, 3G allows you to answer emails etc. whereas not all trains are WiFi equipped. Still I wish I had waited a year as I am sure the price of pads will be driven down by the sheer numbers of competition.
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).
@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?
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."