Last year at the 2010 International CES in Las Vegas, almost everything was for iPhone. If you saw anything for cell phones, it probably had something to do with the iPhone. This includes cases, content and apps, but something was missing!
You see, the iphone is made by apple and apple doesn’t attend CES. So, while there were tons of apps and accessories for phone, the actual phone was not on display. This seemed odd to me at the time. Almost like a movie premier where the star doesn’t appear.
Well, I guess I wasn’t the only one who felt this way.
This year, the star is here and it’s not the iPhone. It’s Android. For those of you not familiar with the smart phone ecosystem, android is a smart phone platform made my google that has brought some much needed competition to apple’s “I” devices. So, while apple’s IOS is a system that only works on the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad, Android works on anything. Any company can make a device, put android on it and sell it to people. This is why android makes more sense at a place like CES. Any one of the companies here can make an android phone or tablet. And many have this year.
While last year was missing the star, that is definitely not the case this time. Android is here in full force. There are thousands of accessories, loads of apps, nearly 100 new smart phones and tablets as far as the eye can see.
Actually… That’s what I’m here to talk about today. Tablets.
Cell phone and tablet makers are trying hard to take some market share away from apple and it is obvious. Every major phone maker is releasing a tablet this coming year to try and compete with the iPad.
On top of that, google (the makers of android) is working on a tablet only edition of android called Honeycomb. This tablet edition of android will finally allow all of these tablet makers to truly take on apple with an operating system that is made exclusively for tablets.
So now it’s official, the tablet age is upon us. Apple started the hype with the iPad and now literally hundreds of manufacturers are throwing their hat into the ring with their own android based tablets.
Personally, I welcome the competition. I think the iPad is a great device (more on that in another post), but it could always get better. I have now used an iPad and an android tablet. At this point, the android offering is not 100% solid. The apps are not always “tablet optimized” and you can tell that the android version being used is made for phones. Luckily, this will change soon once honeycomb is released.
On the other hand, there are going to be a lot of choices in android tablets. Just from what I’ve seen at this years CES, there could be more than plenty of options.
So, let me ask you. Would you use a tablet? Have you used an iPad or android device? Android tablet?
With all of the options coming available, it looks like tablets are the next big thing. It also looks like prices could come down with all of the competition.
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