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A New Tablet? An iPad Rival? From Soulja Boy?

July 30th, 2012

Yes, you did read the title of the post correctly.

US Rapper Soulja Boy has worked with tech company Tokova to develop a 7inch tablet device, titled the “Tiger Shark Soulja Boy Edition”.

The ridiculously named tablet is running the latest Android operating system (again, the naming of the Android Operating systems still confuses me… Ice Cream Sandwich? Jelly Bean?) which you would hope would make the tablet more affordable than the Apple/Jobs/Ive designed device. However, the retail price for the tablet is $599, which happens to be the same price as an iPad. Would you rather have a 7″ tablet from Soulja Boy? Or a 9.7″ tablet from Apple?

The simple design of the device does look similar to the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy tablets? Do we think there may be another court case for copying on the horizon, or do you think Apple and Samsung may not bother such a small company with such a small projected number of sales (!).

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Are Dell Re-entering the Tablet Market to Compete with Apple?

January 12th, 2012

Dell’s Chief Commercial Officer Steve Felice has been taking to Reuters, saying they are going to re-enter the tablet market.

He comments that they are being really careful about how they re-enter. After watching both the Playbook and the HP TouchPad fall by the wayside they don’t want to be yet another tablet on the market that comes and goes so quickly. Even seen previously with their Dell Streak tablet, sales and interest has never really taken off. Felice also comments how that compared to computers people care about the overall package more when it comes to tablets, not just the hardware inside.

Maybe Dell are starting to see what the other manufacturers haven’t, that the operating system for the device controls how people will use it. The iPad of course has iOS and the App Store behind them, making sure that all the latest content and games are always created for the App Store and users will never be left behind or forgotten about. Same goes with the Amazon Kindle Fire, the device is supported by the ever expanding range of content available on the giant companies website.

Would Dell jump to creating a windows driven tablet or stick with the android offering? Windows are said to be launching into the market with a tablet and new software, could Dell provide the hardware for such a pairing? We wait to see…

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How the iPad changed the Tablet Market

August 23rd, 2011

tablet computers before the ipadI’ve seen this image across a few website recently and wanted to share it. It is visual proof that the iPad revolutionised the tablet computer market – definitely for the better.

Apple seem to be suing different tablet manufacturers every day recently with evidence that they have copied their designs, patents, ideas, components, anything and everything that makes the iPad unique. Well from looking at the image from Obama Pacman it seems to show very clearly how the other manufacturers have made changes to their devices to follow the lead from Apple and yet they are all denying it (and some getting away with it). If any court looked at the image I’m sure all the decisions would swing in Apple’s favour.

We must remember how long Apple were working on the iPad before it came to market. How many hours’ worth of testing and development have gone into the device before we saw it? How long did Steve Jobs himself vigorously scrutinise the usability of the iPad to make it what it is today?

All of this encompassed into one shows why the iPad is the success that it is, and why the other tablet manufacturers have some way to go to try and catch up.

What do you think of the “evidence”?

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Lenovo are launching a tablet that they think will bring competition to Apple

August 23rd, 2011

Lenovo ideapad k1 new tablet deviceYet again this is another story of a PC manufacturer trying to bring competition to Apple. I admire their optimism, I really do.

With the discontinued HP tablet this weekend selling out in US stores – at the $99 price tag – this can lead you to one of two conclusions; either that people love a bargain, or that there is a definite market out there for a “cheaper” tablet device that will bring some competition to Apple. Lenovo’s latest tablet device, the IdeaPad K1, is said to be covering this mid and lower range of the tablet market. Their reasoning for this is that Apple have the top end of the market completely covered in their opinion… well I think they have the whole market covered at the moment.

As we have seen with other tablets – the operating system and the apps are one of the main reasons people aren’t buying the devices. Which developers will spend their time and money in developing apps for devices which are being discontinued and thrown out of the window a mere matter of months later? For developers to design for iOS, they know they have a future and a great platform for their work.

We just need someone to take the plunge first… but in these uneasy financial times I’m not sure who is brave enough. Will Lenovo be the person to do it?

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How much will Google purchasing Motorola affect the tablet market?

August 17th, 2011

Google have purchased Motorola’s mobile business for $12.5 million. To Google – an amount like that is merely pocket money! But how will this have an affect on Apple and the iPad and all the other tablets in the market?

Apple have all the skills they need to keep coming up with the most desirable items in the market, by designing everything in house, and having a closely knit supply chain to back it up. Ok so we hear all sorts of rumours about Apple upsetting their suppliers, or the suppliers upsetting Apple, but ultimately they still make the most demand for their devices and their business.

This is now something Google can take advantage of. At the moment Google has a lot of partners and a great idea behind it all, they just need to roll it out more large scale, and get app developers to believe in them and their commitment to conquering the tablet market (or at least giving a good fight to Apple). This has now begun with their purchase of Motorola’s mobile business.

This will be an interesting one to watch…


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