As yet another golden calf is worshipped in sin city (Las vegas) the CES Show is all a buzz with multiple Tablet vendors announcing their Tablets to compete with the iPad.
According to Brad Stone “The stakes of the emerging tablet wars are huge. Apple has an early lead, with an estimated 10 million iPads sold in 2010, and is likely to keep it. But analysts believe the market is set to explode. The research firm iSuppli predicts 57 million tablets will be sold in 2011 and 171 million in 2014. “These companies aren’t trying to steal away from Apple. They are betting the overall pie will expand,” says Richard Doherty, research director at the Envisioneering Group, who estimates that more than 100 tablets are being introduced at CES this year. ” Check out his great article here:http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_03/b4211031817975.htm?chan=rss_topStories_ssi_5
Mr. stone further states that:
“The new tablets will come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some will have only Wi-Fi access, and others will also connect to speedy new 4G networks. While the iPad has no camera, many of the new tablets have two—one in the front, one in the back. Toshiba, the Japanese electronics giant, plans to announce an as-yet-unnamed tablet with a 10-in. screen, two cameras, and a removable battery. Vizio, the Irvine (Calif.) company that has seized a lead in the U.S. market for HDTVs, is unveiling an 8-in. tablet with a high-resolution screen and a front-facing camera for videoconferencing.”
Both Toshiba’s and Vizio’s tablets will run Android, but neither company wants to be confined to selling undistinguished, me-too hardware. They also want a piece of the highly competitive market for mobile software apps. Toshiba says it will introduce its own e-book store and marketplace for tablet applications, while Vizio has created an interface to allow users to watch the same content and play the same games across multiple Vizio devices. Both companies will have a challenge getting customers to use their offerings rather than more popular and familiar ones in the apps marketplace provided by Google.
Chinese manufacturer Lenovo has a unique approach with what it calls its IdeaPad U1 Hybrid with LePad slate. It’s actually two computers in one—a slick, 10.1-in. Android tablet that becomes a PC running Windows 7 when it connects to a keyboard. “We’re showing that Apple does not have a corner on the market for innovation,” says Peter Gaucher, Lenovo’s executive director for mobile Internet devices.
So Moses.. which Tablet are you coming down from the mountain to crack us over the head with? Lenovo? Toshiba ? Vizio? or iPad ?
Hey it looks like the Red sea is parting again….who drowns now?