What Would You Like to See Next for Tablet Technology?
Tablets are among the coolest and most widely-used handheld devices ever created, right up there with electric razors, cordless drills and digital cameras. A Pew report this past summer
revealed one in three adults in America own a tablet. The tablet – just one of many sci-fi items that made its way to reality – made fictional debuts in films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey
, novels such as Isaac Asimov's Foundation
, and in several episodes of Star Trek
, in many shapes and forms.
It's cool that tablet technology is here. And with excellent broadband Internet becoming more available all the time, tablets seem custom-made for the age of portable web access. But what's next in the world of these mobile touch-screen computers? What you you
like to see next? Here's some ideas:
We'd love to have total screen space, even as we type. A tablet with a slide-out keyboard – like you find on mobile phones – would transform your tablet into a laptop. We'd want hinges and lock options on the screen to tilt it upward for better viewing. The keyboard could be hardware or touchscreen.What a great concept for
: Bloggers on the go, parents in the pickup lane at school or spontaneous emailers who can find broadband access out and about.
Tablet users are likely in a high tax bracket – at least $75,000 in annual income, according to the Pew Research Center. With the iPad starting at $300 for the mini, the most popular tablets can be expensive. Creating a low-cost tablet with only basic features would make it more accessible.
It doesn't have to be fancy.What a great concept for
: School systems, families on budgets, and starving artists.
•Integration with the Cloud and gigabit Internet
The more our tablets look and act like our laptops or PCs, the easier it is to work remotely. A keyboard helps. So do innovations such as Microsoft's Surface tablet
. Combined with fiber-optic Internet and its unprecedented speed and bandwidth, a tablet could be the only device you'll ever need.What a great concept for
: Mobile offices, journalists, and novelists. Especially with fiber optics from Verizon Internet Service
and Google Fiber
, integration could mean big things.
•Bigger screens – and smaller ones
Hybrids of laptops and smartphones are referred to as tablets. Those who fall in the size spectrum between smartphones and tablets are "phablets." Expect the multi-sizing to continue, from the monstrous 323x102-inch Microsoft Surface 2 to the influx of 7-inch tablets, and everything in between.What a great concept for
: Web designers and coders, little kids, and anyone who has to sneak Internet access to watch a favorite TV program, check on fantasy sports teams or post that ever-important social media update.
•Low- or no-cost 3G/4G radio capability
Wi-Fi is magnificent, when you can get it. When you can’t? There’s 3G/4G radio.Integrated 3G/4G radio comes in handy when you want to use your tablet outside the reach of Wi-Fi. A 16GB 4G iPad retails at $130 more than a Wi-Fi only unit. You’ll also have to take into account charges on data used. Major carriers offer 2GB to 5 GB plans at $30-$50 monthly. Data costs, then, can become prohibitive.
A poll of Gigaom readers recently revealed a preference for Wi-Fi-only tablets (53%) to a need for 3G/4G capability (42%). 3G/4G necessity appears to diminish as Wi-Fi access grows, but reliance on such networks isn’t 100%. T-mobile’s "free data for life
" might be the next big thing. What a great concept for
: Virtually all tablet users. Although initially maligned for its fine print and natural exclusions, T-mobile’s solution to the price impediment signals a willingness to make it easier to carry that 3G/4G potential in more devices.
Isn't that good news for all of us?
Real Linux tablet A tablet running real Linux (glibc based), with native drivers (no Android libc translation with libhybris) and using Wayland. With current nightmare of hardware manufacturers in the ARM world, that probably only can happen with Intel based SoCs (Silvermont/Bay Trail), since Intel makes open GPU drivers.
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Re: High Cost Tablets are a luxury item, compared to phones. iPhone is also a luxury item, but subsidized cell phone plans conceal that real price. "What do I owe monthly?" is the question most people ask, not "what is the total cost?"
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Most Android-based tablets already have this. Apple's solution to this is "sell your existing one and buy one with more storage".
said by buzz_4_20:Yep, Android covers all of these. Apple loves their "we control everything" attitude. Have you seen a third-party OS for any iOS-based device? The answer would be.. no.
Open Standards... none of the this only works with OUR add ons
Simple to use User Profiles
no bulky PC based management software (i'm looking at you iTunes)
Access to the file system (how many ipads are full of "other")
Heck, CM can be run on most devices from the high-end tablets to the cheap ones you can buy at Big Lots. I run it on a Kindle Fire and it's smooth and uncluttered. I also run it on *ALL* of my Samsung devices (Captivate, Skyrocket, Note 2, etc) to get rid of all the crapware at&t loves to install.
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Re: A REAL browser and the death of 'apps' that only run in portrait mode. There is a mobile Gecko based browser which uses IPC embedding: »wiki.mozilla.org/Embedding/IPCLiteAPI
It's going to appear in the upcoming Sailfish OS (which is going to be released tomorrow). Firefox on Android also has feature parity with the desktop one.
Tablet Technology I can cross three off the list right away.
You can already get bluetooth keyboards to "attach" to tablets. Makes more sense than a slide out keyboard.
Android tablets are pretty low in price now. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 10" tablet is only $300. The 7" version is $150.
I can't speak for Apple tablets, but the Galaxy Tab 2 tablets my boys have are pretty well integrated with the cloud as far as Google services go (and even some Amazon services). You can add other things like DropBox if you use them as well.
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Tablets - old idea - finally popular Doesn't anyone remember Microsoft trying to get people to buy tablets like 15 years ago?? They had them then, but they marketed them to business people, professionals, and service type industries. They could never figure out why no one wanted them. True they were big as laptops, heavy, and only did (gasp) business programs, but they were useful. UPS and FEDEX latched onto them, but that was about it.
It took the smartphone mindset to make them popular. Go figure. People getting tired of squinting to watch the cat videos on a 4" screen, so they leap at the chance to move up to an awesome 7".
Seriously, today's tablets are just big smartphones without all that pesky phone stuff. I've been seeing some under $100 ones come round, and I tell the little lady we can get her one if she wants. She asks me what can she do with it?? I've spent weeks trying to come up with an answer other than stupid flash games, or dumb videos. She has no desire to spend more money to do that when she can do that and more on her laptop attached to a full size monitor. Can't do her photo editing on em, web site maintenance, etc.
I heard the economy was bad, but I see even poor folk runnin around with iphones and ipads and ipods.... it's would be funny if it wasn't so sad.... keeping up with the joneses is so 1965ish.......
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