10 Tablets That Will Shake Up 2012 - InformationWeek
Mobile // Mobile Devices
04:35 PM
Jeff Bertolucci
Jeff Bertolucci
Connect Directly
Ransomware: Latest Developments & How to Defend Against Them
Nov 01, 2017
Ransomware is one of the fastest growing types of malware, and new breeds that escalate quickly ar ...Read More>>

10 Tablets That Will Shake Up 2012

Big screens, small screens, with and without Windows, some with keyboards, and everything in between. Here's a sneak peek at the diverse batch of tablets expected this fall.
1 of 11

Tablets of all shapes and sizes are expected to debut this fall, many featuring Microsoft's Windows RT and Windows 8 operating systems, others running a variant of Android. Each has the challenging task of luring consumer and business customers away from Apple's iPad, which dominates the tablet market by a sizable margin.

Just how popular is the iPad? According to new data from market research firm IDC, tablet manufacturers shipped 25 million slates in the first quarter or 2012. Now here's the jaw-dropper: 17 million of those slates were iPads, giving Apple more than 68% of the global market. Samsung came in second with a 9.6% share, and Amazon was third with 5%.

The iPad, of course, has no lock on the nascent tablet space, particularly when businesses and consumers are still figuring out what tasks the devices do best. The recent debut of the Google Nexus 7, a sturdy 7-inch slate with surprisingly good specs for a $199 device, is forcing tablet makers to pick up their game. Amazon, for instance, is expected to launch a new Kindle Fire this fall, one with a better build (i.e., less plastic) and a higher screen resolution.

Apple, meanwhile, hasn't been blind to the growing popularity of 7-inch tablets, devices the company's executives once dismissed as being too small for practical use. Rumor has it that Apple is readying a small tablet with a 7- to 8-inch screen to battle the likes of the Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, and Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. This "iPad mini" could arrive as early as mid-September, but the device's specs and price remain a mystery.

Samsung is coming on strong in the global tablet market as well, more than doubling its second quarter shipments from a year ago, IDC said. The company is currently banned--at least temporarily--from selling its Galaxy 10.1 in the U.S., pending the outcome of the Apple-Samsung patent infringement trial. However, nothing is keeping Samsung from designing new 10-inch slates that, well, look a little less like the iPad.

The most intriguing character in the tablet race is Microsoft, a mobile also-ran that's not only launching the touch-friendly Windows 8 OS in October, but also is introducing two tablets of its own: The consumer-oriented Surface RT, and the enterprise-friendly Surface for Windows 8 Professional.

Click through the slideshow below to learn more about the hottest tablets due to arrive in the coming months.

1 of 11
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Strategist
8/6/2012 | 7:08:10 PM
re: 10 Tablets That Will Shake Up 2012
Any new 7 inch Android tablets in the works - aside from Amazon's and B&N's? Or, has the Google's Nexus 7 shut down that market for any new offerings from Asus/Tosh/Other?
Leo Regulus
Leo Regulus,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/6/2012 | 6:27:26 PM
re: 10 Tablets That Will Shake Up 2012
(1) Where is the 'Letters to the Editor' Link??
(2) Very disappointing choice of article format
(3) Where is the .pdf option ??
(4) Where is the 'View-as-one-page' option ??
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll