Many makers of technology products, such as Samsung, Dell, LG Electronics, and Toshiba are following Apple’s lead and adding tablet computers to their lineup of devices. Here are several set to launch in 2010 to compete with Apple’s highly successful iPad.
The Apple iPad has a 9.7-inch screen, weighs a pound and a half, and has a battery that lasts up to 10 hours. There are 25,000 apps, specifically tailored to run on the iPad. The iPad is also capable of running the 200,000 apps designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch. More than 100 new features will be available with the soon to be released iOS 4, including multitasking, folders, and printing.
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, on sale in European markets in September 2010, uses Google’s Android software. It has a 7-inch screen and is about the size of a paperback book, making it about half the size of the Apple iPad. It is lightweight, weighing only 13.8 ounces. The Galaxy Tab has two SIM slots and a place for MicroSD cards. The keyboard layout is similar to the iPad but much smaller. It allows for thumb-typing when held in portrait orientation. Android Market apps work on the Tab. Samsung has redone some of them, including the calendar, email, and music, so they make better use of the larger screen, but most of the apps available were tailored for a Smartphone.
The Dell Streak is only 6-inches wide and 3.1-inches high, making it bigger than a Smartphone but a lot smaller than Apple’s iPad. The 5-inch scratch resistant glass screen offers a high quality multi-touch crystal clear display. The Streak is a 3G phone that also supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It includes a camera, touch screen, and memory expansion capabilities. This Android-based tablet gives users access to numerous Android Market applications, games, and widgets.
LG Electronics Optimus
LG Electronics plans to launch an Optimus tablet computer, running Google’s Android operating system, during the fourth quarter of 2010. According to LG, its tablet will be different from Apple’s iPad in that the focus of it will be on the ability to create content, not just on displaying it. Content creation ability will include video editing, writing documents, and creating productive programs. It will be interesting to see what they will have to offer in regards to productivity that the iPad does not already have.
Toshiba Folio 100
The Toshiba Folio 100 Tablet, sporting a 10-inch screen, will be available in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East near the end of the year. The Folio, which will use Google’s Android operating system and an Nvidia processor, will have Wi-Fi, HDMI port, Bluetooth, USB port, SIM card slot for access to the 3G network, 7 hours of battery life, and 16GB of storage that can be expanded with an SD card. A drawback to this tablet is that it will not have access to the Android Market, supposedly because of its screen size and resolution.
These are just a few of the new tablet computers challenging the Apple iPad. There are many more companies developing tablet computers, all hoping to make a product as successful as Apple’s iPad.