Tablets, tablets, tablets. More popular than Justin Beiber, zombies and cupcakes combined, you can’t even talk about technology these days without a tablet factoring into the equation. From the endless iOS vs Android vs Windows debates, to the thousands and thousands of apps, to declarations up and down that the tablet is heralding the end of the PC era, there’s no escaping our flat little friend. And with today's Amazon Kindle Fire announcement, coupled with Game Stop's plans to throw their own hat into the ring, we're seriously wondering: what's next?
Since the moment it hit store shelves, Apple’s iPad has been a runaway success. Even with a glut of Android, QNX and -- albeit briefly -- WebOS powered tablets flooding the market, the Cupertino designed iOS device has not only held its own, but stifled the sales of computing hardware like the Xoom and Eee Pad Transformer.
Despite being the yard stick against which all other current tablet hardware is measured, Apple’s slim sliver of awesome wasn’t the tablet to hit the market. Far from it, as a matter of fact. We’ve put together collection of five tablets that, while may have been technologically tasty in their day, faded into obscurity as the days wore on.
As the release of iOS 5 creeps closer by the day, the joy in the hearts of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users is almost palpable. So is the torrid heat generated by the constant rivalry of Apple and Google fanboys. Is Mountain View’s Honeycomb OS the most advanced mobile operating system out there? Will Cupertino’s new feature set knock off of Google’s tablet-centric operating system? It’s an battle that rages online as we speak. In the interest of fanning the flames of war, we examine 12 of the key features that Apple’s been boasting about since iOS 5 was unveiled and pit them against what Honeycomb OS 3.2 offers their users.
Two operating systems enter, only one may leave. FIGHT!
While we anxiously await what Apple has up its sleeve in the next iPhone, another tech giant seems to have something coming down their respective pipeline. According to the New York Post, Amazon is planning to release their own version of a tablet in September or October. The kicker though? The company is reportedly planning to release it for "hundreds less" than Apple's entry-level iPad 2.
Rest in peace, webOS, we hardly know ye! HP announced today that "it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones." The company plans to seek out other ways to monetize the operating system and software, though exactly how is unclear at this time. Regardless, it won't be through their own devices moving forward.
With approximately 25 million units sold worldwide, the iPad owns 97 percent of the US tablet marketplace, and there is no clear second place, according to a new service from comScore, Inc. The service is called Device Essentials, and it reports on digital traffic by device, including computers, mobile phones, tablets, music players, e-readers, gaming devices, and other web-enabled devices. Though (so far) the iPad is clearly the tablet leader, some of the numbers reported by comScore were simply staggering.
If we ever needed proof that the iPad 2's high resolution display is impressive, Dr. Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate has released another one of his very thorough display shootouts. This time, Dr. Soneira is comparing tablet displays and -- surprise, surprise -- the iPad 2 is the one to come out on top.