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To tablet or not to tablet – that is the question.
I call it a ‘handtop” – versus a laptop -
Do you need it? Or do you just LUST after the newest -fastest tech toy?
That being said, there is nothing wrong with that consumer spirit Buckwheat-
you keep the wheels of commerce spinning.Go ye and spend.
Is it cost effective is the tablet for you? Now -or in the near future?
Let me know what you think.
A Tablet PC is portable computer whose primary input device is touch screen. Period.

Other characteristics are their tablet emulted size, wireless connection to Internet and local area networks. They are powered by variety of operating systems. Some are proprietary ones like Apple iPad; iOS others include windows 7, windows Vista and Android systems.

A project that started in Apple laboratories in 1989 resulted in first tablet pc named Newton launched on market in 1993. Revolutionary idea and product were way ahead its time and Newton sank into history almost unperceived. Next major step was introduction of special Microsoft XP windows OS named Windows XP Tablet PC edition in 2001. This edition incorporated support for pen-sensitive screen and handwriting. Microsoft’s contribution is also the name “Tablet PC” as this was the first time it was used. Various attempts from different companies were made since then. But final breakthrough came again from part of Apple in form of iPad in 2010. Comparison of tablet PC computers in 2011 shows that iPad has the biggest share and it is expected that it will hold it’s position with iPad2 launched on March 11, 2011.

It is estimated that tablet pc share will grow and soon surpass a popular netbooks. Forrester Research is predicting that over 20 millions of units will be sold in 2005. This means more then 40% growth per year and thus most rapidly growing market among personal computers devices.

Forms of tablet pc
We can find different types of tablet PCs on the market. Tablet pc comparison can be done according to their form. These are standard forms of tablet computers:

Slate tablet pc -
A classical tablet pc form of pad with one touch screen and without keyboard. ( Think Ceasar Augustus…)
Convertible tablet pc -
Basically a notebook with touch screen capability. They come in form of base and a screen that can be rotated around swivel for 180 degrees.
Hybrid tablet pc -
Convertible tablets with detachable keyboard
Booklets -
A dual screen tablets that can be folded like a book.
Rugged tablet pc -
Tablet pc resistant and adapted to hard atmospherically conditions. Used as a platform for using pc on terrain.

HMMMM- Just food for thought from for

How Other Tablets Could Hold Their Own Against iPad 2

 By Peter Pachal

iPad 2

With yesterday’s unveiling of the HP TouchPad tablet, at last the players sitting across from the iPad are pretty much set. Over the past several months, tablets from multiple manufacturers have been revealed, and all we’re waiting for now is for Apple’s sequel to its original tablet. Well, that, and for the other models to actually go on sale—so far the only real contender that you can buy is the Samsung Galaxy Tab, though that’s not much of a fair fight since its screen measures just 7 inches to the iPad’s 10, and it runs what’s technically a phone OS. But of the coming 10-inch tablets, do any of them actually have a fighting chance against the iPad, or rather, the next iPad, the one they’ll actually be competing against?

They might. As I watched yesterday’s reveal of the TouchPad, I couldn’t help but think that the TouchPad was a just OK. It’s not lousy by any stretch, but as far as a killer feature to really make me want it… well, there wasn’t one. Like many tech observers, I find webOS to be an excellent operating system, but, as a fan of shiny new gadgets, I didn’t see much to make me want to buy HP’s gadget in lieu of a second-gen iPad, which will surely be on sale in a few months if not weeks. Sure the cameras are nice, but it would be insane to think Apple hasn’t got that covered in iPad 2.

However, as analyst Harry Wang at Parks Associates explained to me, such hardware comparisons may not matter. HP’s retail-channel distribution is excellent, he said, and if the company can get the TouchPad to follow its printers and PCs into megastores like Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart, then it’s all but guaranteed to sell in high numbers.

“This device has a good chance of selling good volume,” Wang says. “HP is a credible and trustworthy brand, but also you’ll find [the TouchPad] everywhere. The retail distribution strength of HP’s brand will definitely help sales. The hardware performance and pricing are certainly important, but we should not underestimate the ability of good distribution network.”

In yet another corner is Google Android, its Honeycomb tablet OS, and its headliner first product, the Motorola Xoom. Although the Xoom looks to be able to go toe-to-toe with iPad 2 feature-wise, the supposedly leaked price, $800, looks to handicap the device’s chances at luring iPad customers even before it goes on sale. However, if you look at the actual numbers, including carrier costs, the difference isn’t quite so stark, Wang says.

“The $800 price tag… is one way to validate Steve Jobs’ claim that competition will have a hard time to match Apple’s offerings on price,” he says. “But Verizon’s data plan (according to the BestBuy leaked weekly circular) is more generous than AT&T’s on a per megabyte basis ($20 for 1GB versus $15 for 250 MB at AT&T). So if looking at one-year total ownership cost, these two offerings are probably equal.”

Looking at the TouchPad, there are still two big unknowns that could make or break it, however, says Wang. One is battery life: the Xoom’s is rated at 10 hours, or about the same as the iPad’s, but HP was mum on this spec at yesterday’s event. The other factor is price. If the TouchPad ends up being more expensive than an iPad with similar specs, then it’s hard to imagine anyone but the most intense WebOS loyalists (or, conversely, Apple haters) picking one up.

“If the TouchPad can’t match those features,” Wang says. “It will probably be at significant disadvantage.”

Assuming a decent battery life and competitive price, though, the TouchPad just might have a shot. It definitely has its work cut out for it—the depth of webOS’s app store is extremely thin, and a summer release puts it months behind Apple’s probable refresh. But if it can get in the right stores, and at the right price, HP will sell a bunch of them, almost inevitably. It’s hard to think of a factor more important in sales than just getting your product in front of people, and that’s something HP already knows how to do.

Thank you PCMag

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