Mobile Users Require 4G LTE Connectivity

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-08-09 Print this article Print

5. Strong vendor support

Speaking of vendors, it's imperative that many companies get into the mix. If the Android ecosystem has taught the marketplace anything, it's that consumers are quite happy with choices. The more options available to them, the better. So, if Windows 8 tablets are going to be successful and achieve great strides over the next several years, vendors will need to get into the mix.

6. Competitive pricing

If Windows 8 tablets are too expensive, they will fail. It's as simple as that. So, vendors will need to make sure that their pricing can justify customers putting down the iPad and choosing their product. In some cases, that might mean pricing the tablet for less than the iPad. In others, it might mean matching the cost. But never should vendors try to charge more than the iPad's top price-$829-for their slates.

7. State-of-the-art processors

If Microsoft wants to truly achieve its goal of delivering a tablet that can replace lightweight notebooks, the company and its vendor partners must offer up state-of-the-art processors. Any outdated or less-powerful processors just won't work in the mobile market.

8. Flash storage, for sure

In the mobile space, there is a very different experience delivered by Flash storage than traditional hard drives. Flash storage is quicker, offers fewer chances of malfunctioning, and yes, costs a bit more. But that shouldn't matter. Flash storage is the key ingredient that makes tablets more responsive. Flash storage technology needs to play a role in all Windows 8 slates.

9. 4G LTE across the board

Since tablets are designed to be mobile, it would only make sense that all Windows 8 tablets are able to connect to the Web from a mobile network. However, the last thing the tablet makers should do is only support 3G. The future of mobile connectivity is 4G LTE and that's is what buyers want.

10. One good version from every company

In the Windows ecosystem, sometimes vendors complicate things. They believe that by offering many models and features, it reduces the chances that buyers will go to a competing vendor. But that's less likely in the case of tablets. Consumers want one good device from every vendor. Based on that information, they can decide what they want. Vendors can't forget that.

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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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