Did CES 2011 Produce an iPad Killer?

January 30th, 2011

April of 2010 brought us the iPad from Apple, much to the excitement and delight of consumer demand, but also left many users disappointed, and wanting more. Often referred to as a glorified, large-scale iPod Touch, the iPad alienated enough consumers that a gap for other manufactures to step in and give consumers a choice was opened. The opening was especially wide if they could offer features and functionality missing from the iPad. These manufactures, after seeing both the success and faults of the iPad, are now in a race to create the next iPad killer. Let's take a look at the big three who were at CES and make some comparisons. Galaxy Tab Image Source Of all the major players in the game, Samsung's Galaxy Tab was one of the first, and most successful potential iPad killer tablets made available to the masses. At CES they announced a new WiFi-only version. One of the major limitations to the iPad is that it's only possible to get a data plan through AT&T or Verizon (via the MiFi), while the Galaxy Tab is also available on Sprint and T-Mobile. Additionally, it's running the already successful Android operating system. Hardware comparisons show the Galaxy Tab to be smaller but utilizing virtually the same screen resolution, thus making it more portable without sacrificing viewing quality. Unlike the iPad, the Galaxy Tab also includes a digital camera with flash and a front facing digital camera, optimized for video conferencing. Lastly, the Galaxy Tab is available in 16GB or 32GB sizes, but unlike the iPad is expandable via MicroSD flash cards. The Playbook Image Source Dominating the smart phone industry for years, Research in Motion (RIM), most well known for their Blackberry smart phones also launched their own tablet, called the PlayBook. Like the Galaxy Tab, it features a 7” screen with a similar screen resolution, but it is one of the thinnest tablets on the market at only 10mm deep. This can make it the most practical for those on the go, who want to be ultra-portable. Featuring a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 3megapixel front facing camera, the PlayBook is an ideal solution for both photos and video conferencing. Unlike the iPad, which has a proprietary cable connection, the PlayBook will feature a HDMI connection for easily connecting to TVs and projectors with 1080p HD video out functionality. It runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS, it will include the ability to display websites in HTML5 and, the crutch of Apple based products, Adobe Flash. Xoom Image Source Motorola, no stranger to the mobile market, won Best of CES 2011 from CNET.com for their Xoom. With a 10.1” screen, it's slightly larger than the iPad but offers a much better screen resolution, and like the PlayBook will be able to handle 1080p video playback via a HDMI port. The Xoom will also feature the most powerful processor of the bunch, running a dual core Nvidia CPU and matching graphics processor. It will also be the first tablet running Android's much anticipated 3.0 release, Honeycomb. Coupled with the latest technology including a magnetometer, accelerometer and a barometer, the Xoom is ahead of the game in terms of hardware. So while there were many great tablets at CES this year (with one even winning the Best of CES award), the fabled iPad Killer was not to be found. Or was it? What do you think? What about Windows? Or maybe the iPad Killer is among the many others at CES. We would love to hear your thoughts here on the blog or on Facebook.



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