It is no news that whatever Apple does – other companies follow suit. No wonder then that after Apple released its much-awaited iPad in April, numerous companies launched tablet PCs. Even those companies that have never made a computer now want to make a tablet PC. BlackBerry’s manufacturer RIM is the latest one to join this tablet-making bandwagon.
Apple iPad: This one needs no introduction. Apple’s much-awaited tablet was released in April 2010, and sold 3 million of the devices in 80 days. It has a 9.7” screen, Wi-Fi and an iPod like multi-touch capability. It can connect via USB to sync with your PC or Mac, play HD video and can even act like an eBook reader. However, it does not support flash.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the new tablet called BlackPad is scheduled for release soon. It will have a 7-inch screen and will have Bluetooth and broadband connections but will only be able to connect to cellular networks through a BlackBerry Smartphone. Most of this might be pure speculation but we will get the facts soon once RIM launches the tablet in developer conference in San Francisco, which starts on Sept 27. Till then let’s look at some noteworthy launched/ about to be launched tablets in the market.
Samsung Galaxy tab: Samsung Galaxy Tab is the first major Android powered challenger to apple’s iPad. It features a 7-inch touchscreen, speedy processor and the Android 2.2 operating system. The device weighs just half of iPad and also supports flash. This tablet will soon be launched in the US market.
Dell Streak: Some call it a Smartphone but it is actually a small tablet. Streak has a small screen of 5 inches and is powered by Android. It supports 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It has a camcorder and calling capabilities. Recently Dell also announced that they will soon launch a 7-inch tablet.
None of these devices have launched in India yet so we made some of our own. There are some notable tablets made by Indian companies. Olive Telecom unveiled the 3G tablet, OlivePad-VT100, for ` 25,000 this July. This 7-inch slate has Bluetooth, WiFi, an SD card slot and 512MB of internal memory. There is an autofocus camera in the back, and a VGA camera in the front for video calling. Then you have the Adam Tablet which is currently under development by a Hyderabad-based Notion Ink. Founded by a 24-year-old engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur, the Adam Tablet is touted to be an ‘iPad killer’. Let’s wait and watch.