The popularity of the tablet computer is impacting many facets of the broadband industry. Apple has virtually defined a new market segment with the iPad, and now competitors are scrambling to catch up. Consumers are buying tablets in record numbers. So much so that netbook and laptop sales are taking a big hit, as consumers migrate to tablets for their portable computer needs. Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn tells the Wall Street Journal that their internal analysis shows that “… the iPad had cannibalized sales from laptop PCs, especially netbooks, by as much as 50%.”

The tablet segment has pretty much been dominated by Apple. Samsung hopes to change that. They’ve enlisted the help of wireless carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, to help launch their new Android powered Galaxy Tab. Starting this Fall, these carriers will offer the tablet in a similar fashion to the way they distribute cell phones, selling them along 3G and 4G mobile broadband subscriptions.

In many ways, tablet computers are larger versions of smartphones, without the phone part. Some features of the Galaxy Tab include:

  • 7-inch enhanced TFT display screen
  • Android 2.2 operation system
  • 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor supporting 3D
  • Front and rear-facing cameras for video chat while on-the-go
  • Full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1
  • Samsung’s Social and Media Hub applications
  • 2GB onboard memory, 16GB microSD card included, with support for up to a 32GB microSD card

The tablet is yet another broadband enabled gadget that has caught fire with consumers. Broadband carriers of all sizes should look for ways to leverage this trend and help their customers take full advantage of all of its capabilities.

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2 thoughts on “Take Note of Tablet Computer Trend

  1. THis is not much bigger than my pda, why would I buy a slightly larger viewing screen, if I were to upgrade, I would most likely get a tablet the size of an IPAD so that I could comfortably use it in my home, work, car, or while traveling. My current android phone is fine for small screen applications.

    1. I'm with you Jim – don't see the appeal of these smaller tablets, when smartphones can basically do the same thing. Seems like the larger size would make more sense. Then again, different strokes for different folks, right!

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