The world’s first multi-touch tablet, that looked more so like a 9’ iPod touch, and the nation went wild! Here was the answer to what people wanted: a device that would revolutionize the way we as humans use computers. It was a historic month for Apple, which ended up selling a little over 600,000 iPads in only the first week.
As much praise as the device got, however, there were many cynics. You see, Apple doesn’t support Flash on the iPod touch, iPad, or the iPhone, and many of the websites we view daily use Adobe Flash to seamlessly stream content to websites.
Instead Apple uses HTML5 that basically does the same thing, but hasn’t been adopted yet by the majority. At this moment, flash still reigns supreme. Also, the fact that the iPad didn’t have a camera, or a USB port meant everything that was created, had to be emailed from the device to a computer… kinda defeats the point of having an all in one device.
So it’s only natural that after a few short months, the rest of Apple’s competition would wise up and create tablet of their own. And while you’ve probably already gone to the Apple store and played with the device, you can check it out how it works by viewing the following video created by Apple.
Android, Apples main competitor to its patented iOS multi-touch operating system, has decided it wants a piece of the tablet action too, the same it wanted a piece of the phone game. Android is an open-sourced platform so unlike the iPad, that can only run apps that Apple approves, android allows for a free and open platform that any developer can use to develop and distribute application. In my opinion, Android has a one up on apple because while Apple’s operating system, iOS, can only run on Apple devices, Google has teamed up with several manufacturers meaning that manufacturers can worry about perfecting the hardware, while Google works on perfecting the software, a sharp contrast to the way Apple does things. But one thing that’s for certain, Android tablets are sure to give the iPad a real run for its money. Android also supports Flash, a major plus for companies who don’t want to spend the extra money creating a separate website just to satisfy the big apple.
For example, Samsung recently introduced the Galaxy Tab, which is basically a Samsung Galaxy S phone with a 7’ screen that runs Android’s latest software FroYo. The Tab will be released to all major phone carriers and although it will tote a smaller screen than the present iPad, it’s sure to provide more functionality. Some of the carriers will allow for the device to make phone calls. Also the device will have a Wi-Fi connection and as well as cell phone radio so it will be able to connect to the Internet at blazing fast speeds for a price of course. This was a real smart move for Samsung. Last year, the company’s profits were down, but this year, by taking their bite out of the big apple, the company is sure to give users an experience that might push the company to record 4th and 1st quarter earnings. Check out a youtube video of the Galaxy Tablet in Action…
Aside from the to other two operating systems, several manufacturers have their own plans where tablets are concerned.
HP Slate- With the recent merger of Palm and HP, the company had decided to introduce a tablet PC of its’ own called the Slate. Its rumored that the slate will have have all the things that the current iPad lacks; the USB ports, a front facing camera, and also the ability to run Windows 7. The device will also utilize WebOS, the operating system currently found on all Palm Pres and Pixis in the world. It was obvious that while HP has been one the leaders in desktop and laptops, it definitely slacked in its mobile phone development, so merging with Palm and creating a mobile friendly tablet computer seemed only the next obvious step. And just like the Galaxy S and the Blackberry Playbook, the device will support Adobe Flash. Check out this demo of Flash on the Slate by clicking the link below
Blackberry Playbook- now this is where the game gets interesting. For years, RIM has been the leader in selling to businesses because of its utilization of Blackberry Enterprise software. Any one of you who currently own a blackberry know what I’m talking about. Well the company decided to release its version of a tablet PC called the Playbook. The device has a 7’ capacitive screen, and features multi-tasking along with Blackberry’s proprietary email software. There is no actual release date yet, but I predict this thing will be in the hands of the consumer by late first quarter early second quarter of 2011. Check out the quick glimpse of of the playbook by clicking on the link below
It seems as if all of these devices, aside from the Playbook, will either drop 4th quarter this year, probably before the holiday season, or at the latest, by 1st quarter next year and will most definitely take their respective piece of the pie in the tablet game.
The Gadget Guy’s two cents: I’m definitely interested in seeing what happens when all of these tablets drop in the next couple of months. One of the things I hope manufacturers consider is the importance of an ecosystem. This is the main reason why Apple is successful, although I cant seem to figure out why Apple doesn’t let the iPhone, Mac, iPod Touch, and iPad actually talk to each other. But hopefully, Android, HP, and Blackberry will beat Apple to the punch. Aside from all of that, I still want an iPad, only next year’s model.
Until next time…this is the Gadget Guy signing out.
Gerald Yates owns Gadget Guy Consulting, a company established to help people sync technology with life. He currently is a freelance writer and a social media & technology consultant. He also writes for several publications including EURweb.com, and PhillyStatus.com, follow him @ www.twitter.com/gogogadgetguy.