INSIDE MOBILE: What Tablet Should You Buy for the Holidays? - Page 3

Samsung's Galaxy Tab

I just acquired a Galaxy Tab. The screen is smaller at seven inches, but it feels very comfortable to hold and carry around. It has a camera, a MicroSD slot for additional storage, and supports Adobe Flash-thus easily displaying any Website that utilizes Flash technology. It can also be used to set up a mobile hotspot.

The Galaxy Tab is definitely "better" (more features) than the iPad, but it's just coming out. Both have wireless with Wi-Fi built in, but I would recommend getting any tablet with 3G as I have found you need access at times when Wi-Fi isn't available. You can sign up for their least expensive wireless data plan, but make sure you use Wi-Fi for large downloads and applications such as Pandora (streaming music) which consume a lot of bandwidth.

It seems clear to me that tablets will become a "must-have" for technology-savvy individuals this year and then migrate into the enterprise market next year. By 2012, I expect tablets to be become part of what I refer to as "the three mobile device world", which includes a notebook PC or Mac, smartphone and tablet. You talk and review with the smartphone, think and reflect with a tablet, and create and explore with a notebook PC or Mac.

If you want to get that "Ooh" and "Aah" (along with some "Eeks" and "OMGs"), give someone you love an Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab this holiday season. You'll be so cool and receive lots of love.

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.

Dr. Purdy continues to be affiliated with the venture capital industry as well. He currently is Managing Director at Yosemite Ventures. And he spent five years as a Venture Advisor for Diamondhead Ventures in Menlo Park where he identified, attracted and recommended investments in emerging companies in mobile and wireless. He has had a prior affiliation with East Peak Advisors and, subsequently, following their acquisition, with FBR Capital Markets. For more than 16 years, Dr. Purdy has been consulting, speaking, researching, networking, writing and developing state-of-the-art concepts that challenge people's mind-sets, as well as developing new ways of thinking and forecasting in the mobile computing and wireless data arenas. Often quoted, Dr. Purdy's ideas and opinions are followed closely by thought leaders in the mobile and wireless industry. He is author of three books as well.

Dr. Purdy currently is a member of the Program Advisory Board of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) which produces CES, one of the largest trade shows in the world. He is a frequent moderator at CTIA conferences and GSM Mobile World Congress. He also is a member of the Board of the Atlanta Wireless Technology Forum. Dr. Purdy has a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from University of Tennessee, a M.S. degree in Computer Science from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Exercise Physiology from Stanford University. He can be reached at [email protected]

Disclosure Statement: From time to time, I may have a direct or indirect equity position in a company that is mentioned in this column. If that situation happens, then I'll disclose it at that time.