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