With the internet becoming faster and more accessible it has given rise to a new form of computing, mobile computing. Mobile computing takes the most basic features and operations of your computer like music, video, internet browsing and word processing and compacts it into a nifty looking mobile device that can be carried with you everywhere you go, unlike laptops these devices are significantly smaller and are feature rich offering users intuitive touch interfaces
The rise of smartphones like the iphones and windows mobile devices have created a demand for devices with bigger screens, faster processors more storage capacity and internet connectivity for functions like emailing on the go social networking and access to multimedia.
The Ipad which has recently been released has changed the face of mobile computing but it has also given rise to stiff competition from competitors wanting a piece of this lucrative market, Google has heavily invested in their flagship Android OS which is open source and we have so far seen Android on some of the newer phones that are competitors to the Iphone 4 where in most cases androids feature rich products stands more prominently than the Apple OS's proprietary locked software.
Android is open source and like the windows mobile devices users aren't imprisoned and forced to buy apps and music from only one place. The hardware offers more flexibility to users who wish to upgrade their devices in terms of storage capacity and don't have to burn exorbitant amounts of cash to increase memory capacity from 8gb to 16gb to 32gb or 64gb.
The following three devices represent three different operating systems with Apples Ipad at the forefront of pioneering this new mobile technology.
ARCHOS 9 PC TABLET - 60GB
This tablet is a beast. It is a Windows device using windows 7 starter edition, the device has a storage capacity of 60gb and is expandable to an additional 32gb by means of a sd card, it uses 1gb internal memory which is also expandable and an impressive 1GB processor
Downfalls of this product
- the device has a smaller screen than the ipad or the galaxy at 8.9 inchs.
- As usual, windows have given no thought to the usability and friendliness of their OS, instead they just slapped a whole OS onto the tablet that is exactly the same as the desktop version, this can be an advantage and a disadvantage.
Pricing and information
This device comes in at the lowest price of R6199-00 and can do everything and almost more than the ipad. Check it out here, http://www.digitalplanet.co.za/p-122199-archos-9-pc-tablet-60gb-black501352.aspx
THE SAMSUNG GALAXY TABLET
The Samsung Galaxy runs Android 2.2 with Samsungs Touchwiz UI as a fancy overlay interface. The device has a storage capacity of 16gb and 32gb and is expandable to an additional 32gb by means of a sd card, it also uses 512mb internal memory which is also expandable and an impressive 1GB processor
The Galaxy is feature rich with various network protocals, it has Wifi, 3g, HSDPA, HSUPA (if you upload loads of photos and videos).This device is also a phone. Samsung are offering the galaxy on contracts through MTN and Vodacom making it the most accessible of all device to the general public.
Downfalls of this Product
I cant really think of any downfalls for this product except that it will retail at R8500-00 making it the most expensive of the three tablets if you choose to buy it cash. The galaxy like the ipad is redundant of you have the samsung galaxy i9000s cellphone which is significantly cheaper.
for a more indepth review about this product, point your browser to this link http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/02/samsung-galaxy-tab-preview/
APPLE IPAD WIFI 64GB
The Apple Ipad runs Mac OS and has the most intuitive touch interface of all the devices. The device has a storage capacity of 16gb and 32gb and is not expandable it also has a 1GB processor
The multi touch screen is remarkably precise and is light years ahead of its competitors, this device is also a phone. The Itunes store gives you access to thousands of different types of multimedia and the Ipod function of the Ipad is the best music playing software of all the devices.
Downfalls of this Product
The Ipad is only available as 32gb and 64 gb and doesn't have the option of expandable memory, it is also locked to Itunes and doesn't really allow you to install software from anywhere else
Pricing and additional informationThe apple 16gb Ipad is available at R6500-00, for a more indepth review about this product, point your browser to this link http://www.simplicity.co.za/product_info.php?products_id=3493&ref=38