Picking thetab up
This year’s Christmas prescription involves taking plenty of tablets, writes Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson
THIS Christmas, hundreds of thousands of Australians are expected to take tablets. Indisputably the biggest new gadget of 2010, more than one million tablets are expected to be bought next year, according to Telsyte.
Apple’s iPad currently dominates sales with more than 90 per cent of the market, Telsyte research director Foad Fadaghi says, but tablets with Google’s Android software are expected to claim 35 per cent of the market next year.
Samsung has already made a play for its share with the Android-based Galaxy Tab ($999), but even more Google tablets are on the way.
ViewSonic will launch its ViewPad 7 in Australia next month, with manager William Tse saying it chose to back the more portable 7-inch form and Google Android to appeal to non-iPad users.
Tablet computers are also attracting big PC makers including the world’s second largest, Acer, which will launch five tablets in different sizes and forms, and with Google or Microsoft software.
The most innovative Acer tablet is the Iconia, a device with two touchscreens connected by a hinge. It opens like a laptop and lets users show websites or documents over both screens, or use each independently.
Acer Australia marketing manager Robin Tang says the $US1499 dual tablet will be launched early next year, though Acer’s Android tablets will not arrive until April be- cause they will use Google’s first tablet software, Honeycomb. Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson travelled toNewYork as a guest of Acer.