I often hear from my friends and other people that they don’t like Apple Ipad for so many reasons and its just because of Apple’s marketing strategy it is always in news and people get attracted towards it. Well!! May be right but again quite a subjective issue to topic about…but then we can’t ignore the COMPETITION coming up for Apple Ipad2 this time as Samsung and Blackberry have announced their tablet devices the Galaxy Tab 8.9, 10.1 and the PlayBook. Come April 9 and we will finally see some worthy competition to the iPad2, other than the Motorola Xoom.
That means blackberry and Samsung are all set to capture Tablets’ market and kill Apple’s Market Share…Well!! Lets see…what have they got to compete with Apple Ipad2
Physical Appearance and Andriod Powered :
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 both will be powered by Google’s Android Honeycomb OS, which has already gathered a lot of critical acclaim in the Motorola Xoom. Both tablets are also the slimmest on the market piping the iPad 2’s anorexia by a minute 0.036 mm.
On the flipside of things the BlackBerry PlayBook will boast of a smaller 7-inch form factor, which is similar to that of the previous Galaxy Tab, but its secret weapon will definitely be the out-of-the-box enterprise support. While the iPad aspires to become the go-to tablet for multinational corporations, the PlayBook will have rock solid security functionality built in courtesy the QNX OS whose security pedigree is well known in servers around the world including the US military.
Still, The main differentiating factor will be the respective application ecosystems and their form factors.
|Name||Galaxy 10.1&8.9||Blackberry Playbook||Apple Ipad2|
|OS||Android Honeycomb||QNX||iOS 4.3|
|Display||10.1wXGA 1280×800,8.9wXGA 1280×800||7LCD1024x600||9.7LED1024x768 IPS|
|Processor||1 Ghz,Dual Core +1GB RAM||1 Ghz,Dual Core +1GB RAM||1 Ghz,Dual Core +512MB RAM|
|Camera||Rear 3MP,Front 2MP,720P HD Recording||Rear 5MP,Front 3MP,1080P HD Recording||Rear 720P HD, Front VGA|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 2.1+EDR,USB,WiFi802.11||Bluetooth 2.1+EDR,USB,WiFi802.11||Bluetooth 2.1+EDR,USB,WiFi802.11|
|sensor||Gyroscope Accelometer,Digital Compass,Ambient Light Sensor||Gyroscope Accelometer,Digital Compass,Ambient Light Sensor||Gyroscope Accelometer,Digital Compass,Ambient Light Sensor|
|Memory||16,32,34 Gb MicroSD upto 34 GB||16,32,34 Gb MicroSD upto 34 GB||16,32,34 Gb MicroSD|
|Battery||6800mAH,6000mAH||Unknown||25-whr.rechargable lithium battery|
|Network||HSPA + 21MBps |
|HSPA + 21MBps |
900/1900/2100 Mhz,GSM,Edge,CDMA EV-DO
While the iOS already has a ecosystem of 65,000 apps,Google Honeycomb has entered the battlefield with a meager 100 Tablet centric apps alongside the 100,000 mobile Android apps. It will be interesting to see how BlackBerry develops the QNX ecosystem which will also support Android apps.
Another advantage going in favor of the BlackBerry PlayBook and the Galaxy Tab is that both will support 4G networks. While the PlayBook will support both WiMax and LTE networks, the Samsung Galaxy Tabs will support LTE networks in limited markets.
Samsung has also put in some work in their Touch wiz skin and have released a tablet specific version called the TouchWiz 4.0 UX. Samsung is touting its tablets to be industry ready with its development partnered by IT giants such as Cisco, SAP and Citrix.
Strategic Pricing ….KIlling Each other their own way!!
Not only do these tablets compete with the iPad2 in the feature set, but in price too. While the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has a starting price of $469, undercutting the iPad 2 by a good $30, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the BlackBerry PlayBook both start at $499 matching the price of the iPad.
So….. Now you have major options to choose from….I would suggest..Classify your needs…Check your Pocket Size and Choose Your Poison…..because even I am Going to revise my decision today!
Good Luck 🙂