Catching CES Tablet Fever
9:45 AM -- Tablets are poised to be a major theme at next month's Consumer Electronics Show, with a slew of competing devices based on Android, Windows Phone 7, and other operating systems. All of the new tablets will, of course, be squarely aimed at taking down Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPad.
Taking down the category definer won't be an easy task, but Light Reading Mobile has come up with a list of things hardware and software makers, and wireless operators, can do to have a fighting chance against the iPad, both the one on the market today and the inevitable follow up to it.
Tablet Wish List
- Built-in wireless connectivity and announced carrier partnerships. Plus we want to hear the pricing actually announced at CES
- Pricing that undercuts the iPad. Carriers should introduce more innovative pricing schemes to convince consumers they need a smartphone, laptop, and something in between
- Support for Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, at least on Verizon Wireless -powered tablets, which there just may be
- Embedded ATSC Mobile/Handheld digital TV tuners for mobile TV
- Improved screen technology that can account for both high-definition video and e-reading on the same device
- Two-way cameras for video calling
- variety of sizes to appeal to those who want a pocket device and those that want an actual tablet
- USB ports. Apple got slammed for leaving this out of the first iPad
- An app ecosystem ready at launch with games, productivity apps, and multimedia content that can really take advantage of the screen size
- A tie-in with the living room. Convergence and the digital living room will be another big theme at CES and tablets have a role to play. (Of course, this hinges on service providers' willingness to innovative on the new form factor as well)
Any other features you're hoping to see in the CES tablet parade? Let us know in the comments section below.
See you at CES!
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile