2011 May Actually BE the Year of the Tablet

2011 May Actually BE the Year of the Tablet

It is actually looking like the tablet bonanza promised last year will finally arrive. Francis and I just found ourselves in tablet-Ville. Prototypes and actual shipping models were everywhere and almost all were running some version of Android.

2011 May Actually BE the Year of the Tablet

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Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.
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  • Christopher Gavula

    It’s hard to say. Some of the analysts still think that the iPad will still dominate the market. They site the lack of apps and the lack of a solid eco-system as reasons. I would think another concern would be cost. Android phones have arguably done well due to their lower costs (pity the Android app market isn’t doing as well). These phones usually cost less due to subsidies. The tablets aren’t as likely to be subsidized (but they will be in some cases) so without the other factors like the apps and eco-system, how are they likely to compete? It’s unclear.

    History has already shown us that even superior hardware doesn’t translate into increased adoption – look at Beta vs. VHS. Look at the MP3 player market where iPods still dominate even after superior hardware appeared.

    And lets not forget that a new iPad is likely to be introduced very soon and it is probably that it will eliminate many of the hardware advantages (like cameras) that currently announced Android tabs offer.

    In any case – 2011 will be a very interesting year!