Friday, 11 March 2011

Tablet Wars…

Gone are the days when a person was stuck in his house, office or a shady cyber-café to be able to access the internet. In the age where being connected to the internet means being connected to the world, technology has to ascertain that a person no matter where should stay connected. Laptops and smartphones have had a big role in making this a reality, but a recent trend in the market is all set to try and make them obsolete.

Apple ipad the trend setter
Apple’s iPad, much like many of Apple’s other products, set a new trend in the market for Tablet Pcs. A tablet personal computer (tablet PC) is a portable personal computer equipped with a touch screen as a primary input device and designed to be operated and owned by an individual. The term was made popular as a concept presented by Microsoft in 2001.

A person can use a tablet as a miniature version of laptop or a larger version of a smartphone. You can surf the internet, listen to music, watch videos, use the office tools or just play games on it. Being connected to either the Android store or the Apple store, gives you options to customise your tablet according to your need. Tablets use 3G or Wi-Fi to stay connected and boast of decent battery power and thus are the ideal device to carry with you when travelling.

Though not the perfect piece of hardware by any standards, iPad still was a huge success selling 3 million in just 80 days. It has since then sold more than 14 million devices and this is largely because of the absence of any kind of competition. Though in 2010 other tablets were introduced, iPad still managed to garner 75 percent of the market share in the tablet market.

The competition though has just got tougher with the introduction of two heavyweights; iPad’s successor the Apple iPad2 and Motorola Xoom.  Both incredibly powerful and boasting configurations which are way ahead of the rest of the pack, they are two of the most-awaited gadgets. With other options becoming available like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series, HTC’s Flyer, BlackBerry’s PlayBook, Viewsonic’s ViewPad 7 and Olivetti’s Olipad among others, this is surely a very exciting time.

There is certainly a buzz going on in the market and companies are eager to cash in on this changing trend in computing. But only time will tell if tablets prove to be a technological revolution or merely a ripple-effect in the ever-changing world of computing technology.


  1. Mr Sambit,
    I read ur article with interest. As a layman, I was not sure, what is a tablet PC. Now, I understand, this is a very powerful gadget and replaces a laptop especially when one is on move. What, I see this is one step ahead of the computer revolution. The scientists have not assigned a generation number to it like the first generation, second generation etc. Perhaps this is still in a stage of refinement.
    As U said, time will certify this.
    For a computer addict or expert, ur article may not be of much use but this is a very good article for the mass. Many people, like me wish to keep themselves abreast with the latest developments in technology but due to poor back ground of technical knowledge are not capable of grasping the subject quickly. Writing complex technical matters in a layman's format is indeed a great art. I hope U will continue in this respect. Good wishes for success.


  2. I think..Every reader should be given a complimentary iPad to get a better feel of this article.Especially, family members and especially those who qualify to be the writer's sibling! :D