Why Tablet Computing Is Back and What It Means For Your Future (Open@CES)

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At the many pre CES exhibits and definitely today at the start of CES you’ll see a huge surge in tablet computing, competing against the most famous of tablets, the iPad.
You’ll see two different types of tablet’s launching.
Tablets that run the Google operating system, Android and are really focused on apps and web access. In this category I would also include Black Berry’s new tablet.
You’ll then see tablets that are an upgrade from the tablets we’ve seen for years. These will run Windows 7 operating system, thus enabling businesses (who they are targeting) to run business applications – less for fun but more for business productivity.
As you’re looking for your next tablet, you’ll find this new generation of tablets is better than what we’ve had before. More durability, longer battery life, more operating system features and better touch interface (pen and/or finger).

Four tablet vendors, out of dozens on the market include Apple (iPad), Samsung Galaxy, Dell Streak and BlackBerry Playbook.
Other vendors that have or will have tablets include Toshiba, Lenovo (I’ve seen pre-production units and they are lovely), Archos and many more.