Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

For the Rip Van Win­kles who have been liv­ing un­der a rock these past few months, a tablet serves as a flat, su­per­slim, sub-1 kilo, in­stant-on com­puter fea­tur­ing a 7- to 10-inch touch­screen that can be used for on-the-go web brows­ing, e-mail, e-book read­ing, au­dio-video mul­ti­me­dia play­back, as well as gen­eral

ap­pli­ca­tions and gam­ing. The real wind un­der this wave of tablets is the suc­cess of the Ap­ple ipad. The ac­cep­tance of this game-chang­ing de­vice has spurred PC com­puter mak­ers to rus­tle up tablets that boast more fea­tures than the ipad in terms of hard­ware—like USB and HDMI ports, SIM card/call-

ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and Adobe Flash sup­port.

The much tom-tommed ipad aside, the pri­mary con­tenders for your paws are a slew of Google An­dorid slates—lead by the Sam­sung Galaxy Tab, the Mo­torola Xoom, the Acer Ico­nia. And of course the Black­berry Play­book from RIM. As many

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