Pick­ing thetab up

This year’s Christ­mas pre­scrip­tion in­volves tak­ing plenty of tablets, writes Jen­nifer Dud­ley-Ni­chol­son

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Gadgets -

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.

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