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iPad, Android or Slate Tablets for 2011/2012 iPad, Android or Slate Tablets for 2011/2012
By Salar Golestanian @ 23 Dec 2010 :: Article Rating
 
Having chosen my top gadget of the year being my much loved iPad, I have given in to accepting the title with grace for being branded as "AppleFanBoy". I thought I might as well do my own forecast for the tablet world in 2011/2012. 

In doing so, I have been noticing that a lot of article coming out of the Tech World these days are doing their best for downgrading Apple's success with iPad. I don’t understand this love and hate relationship people have with Apple. For example the recent forecast by IDC and Forester is that "Android Tablets" going to catch-up with iPad in 2012. Funny thing is that Android is an Operating System and not a device. So when they say in 2012 Android will have more than 50% of the market - I ask 50% of WHAT!? To me these claims seem to be feeble attempts to create a horse race between two different animals.

Generally I am bemused by these predictions of market penetration by non-existent products or inferior prototypes that no one actually buys to review. Today, I spent some time and had a look at what there is out there for sale in UK. And best of them is probably the Samsung Galaxy Tab

samsung tablet by salar golestanian blogI was shocked to see the price at £529 GBP or exactly the same as 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G. So my question is why does anyone other than a developer would want to buy a product that is not tried and tested and does not have killer apps and is actually designed to be a phone and not a tablet?


I was also reading about the recent Motorola Jabs At iPad with Android Tablet Tease. Motorola’s ad, therefore, hints that it will use Honeycomb, and therefore be better than the Galaxy Tab, or Apple’s iPhone, which was released in April of 2010.



I think they are trying to imply that their tablet will offer so much more than what a Droid cell phone does?  However, I seriously doubt that Honeycomb will offer any amazing new tablet functionality that you can’t get in a Droid phone.  What it will offer is yet another version of Android OS that is actually made with tablets in mind.

I must however say that I do like the ad as it is very well done. However Motorola better hope that their tablet is half as good as the ad. Otherwise all the people that listened and stopped rushing to buy iPad this Christmas will be very angry as they would have lost a few months of having fun with the iPad that they would have bought at Christmas time.

At least Microsoft forthcoming Slate is not claiming to be an iPad Killer. All the headline says is that "Microsoft to Announce New Slates Aimed at the iPad". This is being shown in consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 

As far as I can see these devices are mainly built by Samsung and Dell. "The Samsung device is described as “similar in size and shape to the Apple iPad, although it is not as thin. It also includes a unique and slick keyboard that slides out from below for easy typing.”

However, these devices are going to run Windows7In landscape mode. For Microsoft the only good thing is that they are positioning the product to be an alternative to the iPad and they are going for the market for business people who want to enjoy a slate for reading newspapers and magazines and then work on Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint while doing work probably on the forthcoming Office running in Azure.

I think depending on their price, they will have a market. For example anyone that wants to tap into data in the local server via windows applications whilst walking around. As Hospital workers, Factory workers, bank workers etc....For these people Laptops don’t do a great job. Unfortunately, for Microsoft, I am afraid, until they get a true "slate" OS on it, they will not get many sales. Also the slide out keyboard and Win7 when in portrait mode is rather strange on paper? I also don’t understand if they have developed two different OS interfaces depending whether you're in portrait mode or not? Anyway, I reserve judgments until we see it in Las Vegas.

The other problem with Microsoft approach is their track record with false announcements on Slate. Remember that they have already announced a number of slates at the 2010 CES, and they did not deliver any of them. But I am hopping this announcement is a good one, since some of the cross platform apps we are making would look really good on a windows Slate.

In conclusion, I feel that 2011 will be another good year for iPad and possibly 2012. Apple is likely to hit 20 Million+ iPads sold worldwide. With that many sales a good App Developer with a ½ good enough app selling at $1 each could become a millionaire overnight. Now I think that, this kind of prize will bring a lot more hot developers into this Walled Garden playground whether you like this Apple politics or not.

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These are various short and long News Articles and Blogs by Salar Golestanian the founder of SalarO.com about the latest topics that interest me. The subject matter are mixed topics from Web Trends, Technology, Software, Science or Current Afair, or whatever that can affect Internet Technology in any shape or form.  I have been told that the best place for these would have been for me to place them on a page at SalarO.com, However, some of these Blogs have less of a commercial or corporate genra, so they are placed here in this personal site. These Blogs help me explain a little more than normally is allowed in the 140 character real-estate of a typical Twitter post. They may also link you to the actual news or site that can expands further on my comments.

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