It’s mind boggling how many new tablets were announced last week at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show – 26 according to Pocket-Lint. What can we derive from this, other than the fact that everyone is convinced this is a market to invest in?
Competition is great and breeds choice. Just to pick a couple of metrics the prices ranged between $399 and $999 (thats probably £399 and £999 if are UK based – doesn’t sound right I know). Also the screen sizes on offer were 4″, 5.5″, 7″, 8″, 9″, 10″ and 10.8″. Wow! If one of those doesn’t do for you I don’t know what to say! 🙂
I’m not going in to the other wide variation in feature set because actually it will all very quickly settle down into a standard list of “must haves” reminiscent of the PBX market and in my recent experience the TV market.
I bought a TV two weekends ago (note still not delivered – PC World). when you chose a TV you look at screen size, number and type of sockets and refresh rate – they all support 1080p. Prices occasionally vary depending on who is doing a promo that day. That’s it in my book. It will be interesting to see how the tablet market matures but it will be very similar.
The other metric I looked at was operating systems which gave the most interesting results (and I realise that the total doesn’t add up to 26 – complain to Pocket-Lint)
Android – 15
Windows 7 – 4
Linux – 1
Apple – 0
BlackBerry – 0
Unknown – 3
There is a clear winner – I realise it isn’t fair to say that Apple and RIM have no new products but they didn’t announce anything at CES. I might almost say it isn’t worth announcing anything at CES because there is so much noise.
I’m not saying that Microsoft is not in the game but this certainly gives food for thought.