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					                              TECHNOLOGY TABLETS
                An overview of the upcoming tech gadgets that can create wonders

A tablet personal computer (tablet PC) is a portable personal computer equipped with a
touchscreen as a primary input device and designed to be operated and owned by an
individual.[2] The term was made popular as a concept presented by Microsoft in 2001, but tablet
PCs now refer to any tablet-sized personal computer, even if its not using Windows but another
PC operating system. Tablets may use virtual keyboards and handwriting recognition for text
input through the touchscreen. All tablet personal computers have a wireless adapter for Internet
and local network connection. Software applications for tablet PCs include office suites, web
browsers, games and a variety of applications. However, since portable computer hardware
components are low powered, demanding PC applications may not provide an ideal experience
to the user.

Evolution of Apple iPad

Apple's iPad, a touch-screen computer that falls between a laptop and a smartphone, is almost
here. But contrary to Cupertino mythology, the iPad didn’t sprout from Steve Jobs’ forehead fully
formed. There were a number of critical events stretching back nearly 40 years that helped pave
a path for the iPad.

The iPad

We all perceive the usefulness of these devices differently depending on our lifestyle, so let me
tell you where I come from. I spend most of my time using a powerful desktop computer (a PC)
with a very large display. If I need to get some real work done outside of the office, I use a laptop
(Sony Vaio, or Macbook Pro + Win7). On the go, I keep track of emails with a smartphone, but I
tend to reply only moderately from a cellphone because typing long emails is painful (even more
so on a touchscreen phone).

The build quality is excellent. The aluminium back feels great under the finger and nothing feels
cheap. There is an audio jack connector for headphones, and a microphone for apps that need it.
The speaker is on the bottom of the device where the “Home” button is. The audio quality is so-so
and the maximum speaker volume is too soft for my taste. Other than the standard 3.5mm audio
jack, the only external connector is the proprietary Apple connector, which seems similar to the
one found on the iPhone.A number of accessories can be connected to that, and this is the only
wired way to connect to the outside world

Hundreds & thousands of apps that work perfectly and add tons of functionality to the device
Staggering battery life in excess of ten hours on Wi-Fi Excellent browser and e-book reading
software A price point that is in netbook territory Ability to pair with a Bluetooth keyboard with
minimum fuss A higher resolution display than most of the major tablets available in the Indian
market           Incredibly           smooth              and            intuitive        interface

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The Galaxy Tab's price cut and the low entry price of the iPad would have come as a blow to this
sturdy rather than spectacular tablet whose biggest strength was its value for money proposition.
As nearly 23,000 now it is too close to the price points of both the lower-end iPads and the
Galaxy Tab to be considered a serious challenger. Barring a price cut, its day might have passed.


The tablet that seemed more of a smartphone finds itself in the unenviable position of being the
most expensive tablet in the country. Yes it does have some very good specs to back up that
price, but we cannot see people lining up for it, now that both the Galaxy Tab and the entry level
editions of the iPad cost lesser than it does.


It came, it saw and it conquered all at CES 2011. Boasting a powerful dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2
processor, dual cameras, a magnificent 10 inch display and most importantly, the first version of
Android (3.0) that has been designed for tablets rather than smartphones, the Xoom is being
seen by many as major competitor to the iPad. Its biggest strength, however, is also its biggest
challenge — Android 3.0 is by no means a finished product, so one does not really know how well
it will perform. There is also the question of how many apps it will come with, as indications are
that the apps in the existing Android Market will not work perfectly with it. Vs the iPad: Well, it is
on paper one of the iPad's most formidable challengers and has Motorola's great design on its
side. The only place where it could lag behind are the OS and the apps.


Its first edition has been widely acknowledged by many to be the best tablet in the market this
side of the iPad. And the second edition of Samsung's Galaxy Tab is likely to be even more
muscular in the specs department. According to sources, it will pack in a dual core NVIDIA Tegra
processor and even though its screen is expected to remain at its current seven inch size, its
resolution could be almost doubled to 2048 x 1200 with a Super AMOLED display to boot. Round
that off with an 8.0-megapixel shooter on the rear and this could be a multimedia behemoth that
fits into your coat pocket. And yes, it should be running Android 3.0 as well. Vs the iPad: If it does
live up to its rumoured specs, this could be one of the most powerful tablets in the world, and one
of the most portable too. The challenge is likely to be in the pricing, and of course, the fact that it
is, as of now, still unconfirmed.

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It might have been a while since it was announced, but the BlackBerry PlayBook remains for
many corporate warriors the tablet worth waiting for. On paper, it packs a formidable punch with a
powerful dual core processor, a seven inch display, dual cameras, support for Flash and HTML
browsing, phenomenal multi-tasking ability, and of course, complete compatibility with BlackBerry
Enterprise Server and the ability to pair easily with BlackBerry handsets. A whole new interface
based on the QNX OS should make it fun to use as well. Vs the iPad:We cannot see it winning in
the apps department, honestly, but enterprise users might like its compact form and the good old
RIM security factor. And if it can run Android apps too (as is being rumoured), even the apps
might not be that much of an issue. The price tag however, is expected to be stiff.


We can hear the howls of protest go up, saying the Atrix is not a tablet but actually a smartphone.
Fair point, but we think it does enough to be considered a threat to the iPad, not just because of
its extremely powerful specs which include a four inch touchscreen and a dual core processor,
but also because of the fact that it can actually be connected to a notebook-like dock, letting you
work on a larger screen with a full keyboard and a proper Firefox browser to boot. So one actually
ends up getting the best of all worlds - phone, notebook and touchscreen. The fact that it runs
Android 2.2 is a bit of a downer, but an upgrade is expected. Vs the iPad: No, it is not a tablet, but
is perfect for the productivity types, although it does involve carrying the notebook dock along for
best results. Just how many apps will run on the notebook dock is going to be interesting.

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Carrying the Windows standard in this slew of gadgets is the Samsung Sliding PC 7. It might not
be grabbing as much attention as the Galaxy Tab, but there can be no doubting its potential for
those who want to stay in the familiar Windows environment. Powered by the Intel Atom Z760
chip, it features a 10 inch touchscreen, dual cameras, the ability to support USB devices and solid
state storage. But the party trick is the full keyboard which slides out and transforms it from a
tablet into a netbook. It is not the lightest device around being just more than a kilogram, but
netbook lovers longing for a touch experience will adore it. Vs the iPad: The perfect device if you
want to have a tablet without giving up your notebook. The keyboard helps. Forget about a
different experience from your routine Windows, though.


Once again, not really a tablet, but the Switchblade wowed enough people at CES 2011 to make
it a device worthy of being compared with any portable gadget. It features a 7 inch touchscreen
and a keyboard whose keys change according to the function for which it is being used. It runs an
Intel Atom processor, and is is being seen mainly as a gaming device. But it could well have uses
as it runs Windows 7 and therefore should be capable of handling routine computing tasks
(web browsing, document editing, presentations). It is still in the prototype state, but could
turn out to be one of the gadgets of the year, if released. Vs the iPad: The Switchblade is the
only device in this list that can go toe to toe and outslug the iPad in gaming. However, details
remain sketchy on other fronts and it is unlikely to match the iPad when it comes to apps.


Apple has not confirmed its existence and we do not even know for sure whether it will be
called the iPad 2, but for many people, the expected successor of the iPad is the best reason
not to invest in the current one. Details of it are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks,
with speculation rife about a retina display, dual cameras (for Apple's Face Time video calling)
and a much faster processor. The biggest problem is that absolutely none of this has been

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confirmed. What one can be reasonably sure of is the fact that Apple's successor to the iPad is
unlikely to change too much from the current one, as that would mean alienating almost 15 million
users. Vs the iPad:The cameras and faster processor might be worth waiting for, but most of the
thousands of apps will work just as well on the current one.

                   Desi handset-makers to set fortunes on tablets
                    To Sell iPad Clones To Mid-Income Groups At Discounted Rates

AFTER a runaway success in the handset business over the last 24 months, many small players,
led by domestic upstarts, who jointly account for over 40% of cellphone sales, are now set to
enter the nascent tablet PC market in India.

Companies such as Lava, Micromax, Zen, Olive, G’Five, Acer and Fly among others will attempt
to replicate their success in the tablet PC space by offering products at large discounts compared
to an Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab, targeting the mid-income group. While Apple, which
launched the iPad last week in India, and its primary competitor Samsung are largely restricted to
metros and some big cities, the smaller handset players say they plan to ride their strong
distribution network and high retailers’ commission, especially in rural India, to capture a large
share of the tablet pie.

Executives with these companies say their products will be a match for the likes of Samsung’s
Galaxy Tab as they will all use Google’s Android operating system. Analysts predict that Android
tablets are set to get a boost this year as Google is set to release is Android 3.0, aka
Honeycomb, a version of the smartphone operating system designed for tablets.

UK-based research firm Strategy Analytics in a report earlier this month said that Android-based
tablets had captured a 22% share of the world’s tablet market last quarter, reducing Apple’s
dominance to 75% of all fourth quarter sales when compared to 95% share in the third quarter,
when its iPad accounted for 4.2 million of the 4.4 million tablets sold.

Lava tablets to be ready by Sept 2011

G’Five, ranked second in the country in terms of cellphone market share by research firm IDC,
has already started field-testing its tablet in India. To be launched in the first week of April, the
tablet will come in three models — two on Android and one on Windows — in seven and ten inch
screen sizes.

Arshit Pathak, managing director Kingtech Electronics India, a group company of G’Five
International said the company would price the tablets at around Rs 10,000.
Delhi-based Lava Mobiles will introduce its tablet by September this year that will be priced
between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 and will also run on the Android platform.

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The company’s co-founder and director SN Rai said the company has made substantial
investment in expanding its research and design expertise, and expects prices of tablets to come
down further. Another Delhi-based handset maker Zen Mobile will launch an Android-based tablet
by April. The company’s managing director Deepesh Gupta said the 10-inch screen tablet would
be priced between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000, lower than tablets already in the market. “The tablet
will be endorsed by our brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan,” he added.
Olive Telecom, which last year was the first Indian company to unveil a tablet, said it sold out its
initial stock of the device termed the OlivePad.

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