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02-Nov-12 Which tablet? The choice is yours…

In Blog, Personal on November 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm

My first blog in November, and, as we head towards the seasonal festivities, I wonder how many of you are debating what tablet to put on your shopping lists!

Over the last week or two, it seems the scene has developed even more so than normal, with a plethora of 7″ and 10″ devices hitting the marketplace.

With so much choice, and even more devices no doubt ready to launch, this is my quick assessment to give you some food for thought!

Apple – With the launch of the iPad mini, are an obvious choice for those who still are attached to the charisma of this leading brand.

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Being only a converted Apple user earlier this year, I have been extremely impressed by the pure simplicity of the device, the capability of sharing data amongst various models, the streaming features and support of mainstream applications (Twitter, Facebook etc).

Google – With the launch of a wider set of devices and 3g, the Nexus is now becoming a real competitor for Apple. Especially as Android mobile devices are now also eating in to Apple’s market share (Samsung, HTC etc).

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Being a recent adopter, the range of applications and the persistent nature of running applications (in the background) make this a real winner. With built in YouTube and Google Map applications, this is a fully featured device that is fun to use.

Microsoft – The once largest software company is now back in the game with their new surface product.

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Unfortunately this is the only device that I don’t have personal experience of yet (happy to trial a unit if any sponsors out there), but know the metro interface is pretty cool, as I have been using the older mobile version for many months.

In terms of Apple, I have to wonder whether the creativity of the product range is now exhausted? From personal experience, IOS 6 was a complete disappointment and you feel the mini is literally a reaction to what other brands are doing in the market!

I’ve said it before about the Microsoft mobile products, but it is all about the variety and depth of applications, as even some of the social media products are not yet ready (Twitter).

If they can go some way to matching the variety of apps on Apple or even Android devices, they have a chance of breaking market share.

Am I standing in the Google corner at the moment? I think its safe to say I am, as I think it ticks all the boxes. One thing you can be sure of though is that any investment is short term, as even more cool and practical devices are literally just around the corner!

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