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The Year of the Tablets: 2011



5:38 pm on Jan 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

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At the Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, all the predictions indicate tablets coming thick and fast.

The Year of the Tablets: 2011 [nytimes.com]
Last year was supposed to be the year manufacturers would wow consumers with offerings of all sorts of tablet computers. Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, took the stage in January at the International Consumer Electronics Show, the industry’s premier trade show, and displayed three devices that he said would be on sale in the months ahead. Dozens of smaller companies laid out their own tablet plans at the show.

But few of these promises came to fruition; none of Microsoft’s tablets ever showed up in stores.

Instead, in April, Apple’s iPad came out. And the year became the Year of the iPad.

This year, manufacturers are promising it will be different, saying that after the success of the iPad, they have learned a lot about what consumers want in a tablet.


2:18 pm on Jan 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yeah. I think this is pretty obvious.

I have a NookColor on which I test websites. Get one and do likewise. I shocked to see how many websites are not designed to handle touch screens, especially small touch screens.

This needs to be seriously considered.


2:56 pm on Jan 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The wife saw a friend with an iPad and she actually expressed an interest in it. Now that's a big change as she's not generally interested in technology.

I guess there will be lots of cheapo clones come out, and then there will be the iPad competitors.


2:00 am on Jan 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The year of the tablets was last year. Tablets makers spamming CES are just trying to catch up to Apple's lead - and I'm not an Apple lover, but acknowledging that. For most, their efforts will be a total failure.


4:36 pm on Jan 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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God, the iPad is like iCrack, it's so addicting and you can definitely use it in many circumstances. I used to make fun of it and call it a large iPhone/iPod Touch but I definitely defected from that

Tablets with the Honeycomb OS in it I think will do the best next to the iPad. There was a ton of tablet talk this year and I think that the tablet is just starting with the eventual introduction of a tablet-like gadget using e-Ink and an OLED flexible screen resulting in the overwhelming take-over of the tablet industry as well as many other industries including the digitalization of products such as newspapers.

People are talking about Google creating a digital newspaper which constantly is updating, but I think there will be something far more advanced on the horizon


2:51 pm on Jan 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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There was a similar event in the UK last week, theres a whole load of dev for 2011. Blackberry Playbook with its size and ultralong battery looked a good contender for business users if it wasnt for its OS. Ther is also the $99 laptop guy planning to do tablets for the world market.

I'm just buying my first iPad so would welcome any feedback. I cant sit and wait for all these new devices and 4G in the UK so I expect to buy another within 6-9 months!

Does anyone know if a SIM for a 3G dongle will work? or do I need a iPad specific data package. 16GB looks fine for business use?

Many of my clients want iPads as there fingers are too fat for smartphones!

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