Tablets are NO LONGER a fad – Replace PC?! Hmm.
In response to a post over at howardforums.com site, I figured that I’d post my thoughts here on my blog as well … its been a long time.
The Kindle product, like the Kobo devices, have already found their niche market – and that market bely’s their title, its NOT a small target market! Not by a long shot!
Kindle’s unit UI overlay on Android, is a complete UI … and this is a holistic approach to what the tablet actually does. This is good for avid eBook and magazine readers, good for Amazon – they’re not just selling a product with a store link, their selling a complete end to end experience – the VERY same thing that Apple’s iOS based iPad does. Coming in less than 30 days IOS will no longer require iTunes to be activated out of the box, nor for restores – I’ve tested this and besides the bug issues (very few from iOSB7 vs iOSB4) Apple is moving along quite well.
Tablets are NO LONGER a fad. Powerful dual core 1Ghz cpu’s along with 1GB/512MB of RAM is more than capable considering the style of memory allocation, application control of that RAM and also the requirement or non-requirement of garbage collection.
This is the defining hurdle of when users consider a tablet as their all-in-one device, or what most think vs the laptop/desktop.
several things to consider:
Content Creation rely’s on the following:
1. UI – without a strong, fast, powerful and intuitive UI – NO DEVICE (be it smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop, or server will survive – plain & simple).
2. Tools, or applications that promote content creation by the end user.
a) Single user content creation; a capability.
b) collaborative content creation, a capability based on the same tools and option A, yet with dynamic memory control/sharing and live UI interactions.
c) shared cloud storage of interactive content created as a repository.
d) The most obvious is the applications, the base line tool that allows for content creation – apps for i) camera, ii) data input, iii) data manipulation, iv) tools to share content that is just created to be shared in real time over WLAN or other wireless network connection.
e) the ability to stay very mobile to allow for an impromptu content creation as the need or want fits a spirited user.
f) the ability to load data sourced by other means (web, mobile storage device – SD/MicroSD/MMC, mobile HDD over USB, etc)
Without all the above, irregardless of CPU speed, RAM, or other technical tangible specs, no content will be created on a mobile device.
Think about this long and hard, especially the cloud component and how it can overlook the local device storage limitations. I can create/edit/save a PowerPoint/Presenation, word document, or spreadsheet using iWorks (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) on an iPhone/iPad … save this to iCloud (via Apple or GoogleDocs), then distribute nationally or internationally with the ability to work on this from my MBA, Win7 PC laptop/desktop, save the changes and have those changes replicated instantly before I need to continue.
PS: I am Prom1 on howardforums.com so there is no need for me to quote as these are my thoughts and mine alone.