Jumping on the iPad Bandwagon
Jumping on the iPad bandwagon
I expect to see many other vendors get on the iPad bandwagon. There will be many organizations working on integrating information for the three mobile device environment. It would seem reasonable that Google will, at some point, develop a version of Android for the tablet market. Microsoft has the core elements built into Windows but this market may better be served via Windows Mobile. And, Nokia's Maemo operating system could migrate into a tablet as well as Palm's WebOS.
I personally plan to get and use an iPad. I see it as a "carry around" reference device that I'll use every day. I suspect that I'll likely migrate most of my music and video resources to the iPad and listen/view from it since it's so fundamentally portable.
The iPad is a new paradigm in computing; it integrates publishing and media into a mobile platform. In just a few years, sales of the tablet sector will grow to exceed 20 million units a year, which would make it a fantastic new $10 billion-a-year market.
J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D. is Principal Analyst of Mobile & Wireless at MobileTrax LLC. As a nationally recognized industry authority, Dr. Purdy focuses on monitoring and analyzing emerging trends, technologies and market behavior in the mobile computing and wireless data communications industry in North America. Dr. Purdy is an "edge of network" analyst looking at devices, applications and services, as well as wireless connectivity to those devices. Dr. Purdy provides critical insights regarding mobile and wireless devices, wireless data communications and connection to the infrastructure that powers the data in the wireless handheld. He is author of the column Inside Mobile & Wireless that provides industry insights and is read by over 100,000 people a month.
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