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Why CIOs Shouldn't Waste Time With Tablet Strategies - Plus 12 Hot Tablets!

Why CIOs Shouldn't Waste Time With Tablet Strategies - Plus 12 Hot Tablets!

Ann All/IT Business Edge

January 26, 2011

It’s no surprise the iPad is finding support in the enterprise. It’s Apple and it’s cool. At a higher level, though, it’s worth comparing the fast adoption of the new tablet with the slower and tentative acceptance of the iPhone when it was introduced three years ago. The difference says as much about the coalescing of consumer and business wireless as the quality of the devices themselves.

Clearly, however, the market is expanding at a brisk pace with many new competitive tablets being introduced to the public. Check out the following 12 of the newest tablet devices, in no special order.

Galaxy Tab

The Galaxy Tab, unveiled at the IFA conference in Berlin, is a 7-inch Android tablet from Samsung. The Galaxy Tab runs Android 2.2, contains an ARM processor, features an AMOLED display, has a screen resolution 1024×600, comes pre-installed with Flash Player, Google Maps and JavaScript 1.5 and is equipped with Bluetooth and Swype.

Blackberry Playbook

Quanta Computer has been tasked with manufacturing Research in Motion’s PlayBook. The tablet, which will reportedly cost $499, will have Wi-Fi connections, Bluetooth technology and have rear- and front-facing cameras. The PlayBook will not have any cellular connectivity and will serve as a companion device to RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones. It’s rumored that the PlayBook will diverge from the BlackBerry OS 6 in favor of a QNX-developed OS.

Cisco Cius

Cisco Cius is a mobile collaboration business tablet that delivers virtual desktop integration anywhere along with full access to Cisco’s collaboration and communication applications. The Android-powered tablet will have a 7-inch screen, run on an Intel Atom processor and feature rear- and front-facing cameras for videoconferencing. It will support Wi-Fi and 3G, offer 32 gigabytes of Flash and cost less than $1,000.

Dell Streak

First available in Europe, the Dell Streak is a smartphone/tablet hybrid being offered through AT&T in the U.S. Equipped with a 5-inch WVGA touchscreen and Android 1.6, the Dell Streak has enough wiggle room between the smartphone and tablet categories to either succeed or fail.

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