Apple has set a trend this year again with bringing out the iPad. Where the tablet pc with it’s OS build for the PC or laptop never got a breakthrough. The iPad is on the rise, not only at home but also within the corporate environment. Executive and techies find it a sexy device, much easier than the laptop. With instant access to for example their email, no startup time required.
Apple devices are rapidly conquering the business environment, but the iPad has some drawbacks. The corporate Unified Communications players, like Avaya, Cisco and RIM have jumped into this gap and are selling their own devices with a full integration with their UC products. They have recently been announced and go under the names of Flare, Cius and Playbook. Many other Android products are soon to follow. A new hype is on it’s way while the concept of the Netbook is just fading away.
A big advantage of the recently announced products is the tighter integration with directory products (for i.e. experts people lookup) and videoconferencing integration. But do everyone want to carry such a big “phone”. Have a look at clips below and see if you can image a benefit to pay $1000-$2000 for these devices. Some prices still needs to be revealed.
Besides the Apple iPad
Some Androids have been announced where the Samsung Galaxy Tab is getting the most attention:
note: minor edit on this page since, RIM relased the Playbook, formerly it was expected to release as the name BlackPad, most likely they found this too obvious