Enterprise Mobility: Galaxy S II, Android Tablets, Toshiba Ultrabook Laptops Readying for Fall

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-09-15 Print this article Print
Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsungs Galaxy S II aims to not only raise the bar for Google Android devices, but offer significant competition for Apples iPhone franchise. The smartphone includes Android 2.3 "skinned" with the manufacturers TouchWiz interface, along with a 4.3-inch screen.
Whether Motorola's Droid Bionic, Samsung's Galaxy S II and Series 7 slate, Lenovo's IdeaPad and ThinkPad, Toshiba's ultra-thin Portege Z830, a variety of transforming devices from Asus, or a set of 7- and 10-inch tablets from Acer, this fall is looking like a particularly fertile period for any consumer (or business buyer) on the lookout for some mobile devices to call their own. As demonstrated at a recent event in New York City, Android is very much a front-and-center part of these manufacturers' newest offerings, whether smartphones running some variant of Android 2.3 or tablets with Android 3.0. As always, those manufacturers all give their devices some added tweaks or features, in hopes of making them more attractive than rival offerings. Many of these value-adds come in the hardware department. For example, Lenovo is betting with its ThinkPad tablet that users (particularly those in business) will want to use a stylus as input in addition to fingers. Toshiba's Portege Z830 is ultra-slim, with roughly eight hours of battery power. Research In Motion is also offering a fresh line of BlackBerry devices with sleek-looking bodies and the new BlackBerry 7 OS. Tablets are becoming more powerful, and laptops over the next few months will offer Intel's second-generation Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. For your average consumer, the goal will be deciding on one particular smartphone, tablet or laptop among very, very many.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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