iPad Alternatives: CES 2011 Expectations

So we all know about the success of the Apple iPad tablet device and of course the Samsung Galaxy Tab which eventually offered some competition. With CES 2011 any day now we’re expecting to see a lot more tablets being revealed including one we’ve already posted on earlier today, a 10.1-inch Toshiba device.

With the way that tablet devices have taken off since the iPad launch it’s no surprise that they are among the most anticipated products at the Consumer Electronics Show and Joshua Brustein over on The New York Times has been taking a look at what we might expect to see after pointing out that 2010 was indeed “the Year of the iPad.”

Industry analysts have made the point that watching high-quality video is one of the most important features that consumers are looking for in a tablet along with sharing photographs and playing games. Apart from the Toshiba tablet already mentioned others to look forward to are Hewlett Packard and RIM tablet devices while Microsoft and Motorola are also speculated to be showing off new tablets.

An interesting observation from The New York Times article is that many manufacturers better known for products such as TV’s and cellular phones are clamouring to get in on some tablet action and at the same time analysts reckon demand is set to rise from 10.3 million tablets sold in the US in 2010 to over 24 million in 2011.

However, what can new competitors hope to offer to lure customers away from the iPad? Toshiba for one is looking to compete by offering features such as stereo speakers and a screen that adapts to different lighting conditions making video easier to watch. Features on the Toshiba tablet that the current iPad lacks will also include rear and front-facing cameras, HDMI ports and support for Adobe Flash. Other competitors will be looking to undercut on price such as a Korean Enspert 7-inch Android tablet for less than $350 expected to go on sale in the U.S. later this year.

Another article on My Gadget News, sourced from Tech Radar, reports on rumors of an 8.9-inch LG tablet device being launched at CES 2011 which would possibly run on Android OS Honeycomb so that will be another we’ll look forward to seeing. One way or another it does appear that 2011 is not set to be merely “the Year of the iPad” but the Year of the Tablet in all its varying forms. What are your thoughts on the tablet competition in 2011? Why not send us your comments to let us know.

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  • Guy

    Flash is just not that important to most people no matter how many times the tech press says it. Rear facing cameras on a 9 to 10-inch device isn't either. Front facing yes. A light adaptive screen I find interesting, but cramming as many ports as possible not so much. Beat Apple with real innovation, not just a feature glut.