Acer a Threat to Tablet Makers

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-11-27 Print this article Print


5. It's waiting

The worst thing Acer could have done was offer its tablets this year. As Google has pointed out, Android 2.2 isn't ready for tablets. The next version of the mobile OS, Android 2.3, will do a better job on slates. By waiting until next year, Acer is giving Google the time it needs to get its operating system right before the tablets hit store shelves. It's a smart move that could pay off in a big way.

6. Its tablet capitalizes on gaming

Part of the value of the 10.1-inch Acer tablet is that it's designed with casual gamers in mind. In fact, it features a built-in gyroscope and a nice HD display for users to play more complex titles. It's a smart move on Acer's part, as games are integral to the experience of using a tablet. And Acer will be in a position to capitalize on that with its tablet.

7. It has the enterprise possibility

Although the enterprise has been relatively slow to adopt tablets, preferring instead to wait and see which company will target it first, Acer might have a product that companies will respond well to. After all, its tablet will run Windows, and with a 10.1-inch display in tow, productivity might be heightened over a product featuring a smaller screen. There's no guarantee that the tablets will be enterprise favorites, but it's certainly possible.

8. The connectivity is there

One of the biggest issues with RIM's PlayBook tablet is that it won't ship with 3G connectivity. However, Acer's tablets will feature a 3G option, immediately making them more viable than RIM's tablet if it does indeed ship without 3G. Mobile connectivity is extremely important. And to simply ditch it in a tablet makes the device obsolete for some folks. Acer won't have that problem.

9. The 10.1-inch model has entertainment covered

Part of the value of getting Acer's 10-inch option is that it features HD capabilities. That makes it an ideal choice for those who want to enjoy entertainment content on the device, which at least right now is a large group of tablet owners. Plus, the device features an HDMI port, allowing users to connect the tablet to their HDTV. It's a feature that can't be overlooked by the competition.

10. Its history says so

When Acer first entered the PC scene, few believed the company had what it takes to be a success in that market. But over the past few years, it has proved that it does have what it takes. And it's now one of the top PC makers in the world. In other words, Acer "gets" the computing space. And there's no reason to suggest it won't "get" the tablet space too.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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