Enterprise Mobility: Tablets Are Changing the Shape of Mobile Computing: 10 Fundamental Ways

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-03-01 Print this article Print
Smartphones Are More Appealing

Smartphones Are More Appealing

Tablets deliver the same basic experience that iOS- and Android-based devices offer; they only do so in a larger form factor. So, if consumers are intrigued by what tablets deliver but they dont want to dish out several hundred dollars to test them out, they can opt for a device such as the iPhone or the Motorola Droid X. And in many cases, they do. If nothing else, tablets have helped smartphones.
With the impending introduction of the iPad 2 on March 2, it's time to take a look at how the original iPad has transformed the mobile computer market. When the iPad was first released a little more than a year ago, tablets were very much a niche market mainly used for specialized industrial applications. Today, tablets have become highly-sought after for entertainment, mobile communications, collaboration and myriad personal as well as business uses. Just about every major personal computer manufacturer has introduced a tablet model with more in the pipeline for 2011. One of the latest, the Motorola Xoom, launched on Feb. 24, boasts a 10.1-inch display and runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the latest operating system entrant from Google. The device is expected to be a top challenger to Apple's iPad. However, LG, Toshiba, HP, RIM and others are planning to release their own tablets later this year. As the tablet space grows, one must also consider how the devices have changed the mobility market. Not only have they made people more mobile, but they have also helped improve the experience of working while on-the-go. They have simply changed quite a bit about and understand about mobile computing. Read on to find out exactly how tablets are changing and expanding the mobility landscape.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, 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 http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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