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Infographic: Tablets and the home computer take over

Posted in Industry updates, Mobile Computing, Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on January 26, 2012

Tablet and Notebook categories to converge

Posted in Computing and Operating Systems, Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on July 7, 2011

Its raining tablets… rather it’s a deluge. The Taiwanese and Shenzen factories are producing Android’s faster than Egyptian Anubis’s army. However iPad has a stranglehold on the Tablet markets so long and Tablets have threatened to cannibalize PC sales.

However, a contrarian view published by Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi declares that tablets might not be cannibalizing on notebook sales as everyone initially thought. Instead, what could be happening is that there is a convergence of the of the 2 categories of portable machines coming into play. The demand for ultra-portable devices has seen the birth of MacBook Air, as well as Intel’s new breed of ultra-portables. Tablets are getting more powerful while the ultra-portables are getting lighter, and the distinction between the two is blurring. With falling prices and more powerful capabilities, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to assume that convergence is indeed the case. In the next two to three years, the distinction between Tablets and Ultra-portables will be completely off. OEMs will offer notebooks at the weight of the touchscreen tablets and integrated keypad capability. We see the case of Asus Transformer as what could be one of the first of such Tablet-Notebook Hybrids: a broad harbinger of notebook and tablet convergence. Whether its solid-state storage prices decrease and low-power/high performance processors coming to fore, the convergence is writ large on the horizon. Ironically, availability of such notebook devices might undermine tablet sales, rather than vice versa.

In other words, the cannibalized becomes the cannibal. And in the end, it turns out that the post-PC era doesn’t mean that the PC is dead, but rather that it’s been born anew as a converged device — an ultrathin, touch-sensitive notebook.

Chromebook (Part V): The wish list for Chromebook improvements!

I have featured Chromebooks in four blogs earlier. Read them here: The cloud kisses the laptop, Subscriptions that might have changed the industry standards, Google’s own iPad Moment and 10 reasons why Chromebooks haven’t really won a lot of admirers out there! (Not Yet!). This one is a reproduction of an article bv Desire Athow.

Chromebooks are atleast 3 weeks off from stores and sales and inspite of the drubbing that Chromebook has received from Blogosphere, Amazon reports Chromebooks already in the top 20 “most wished for” items in the laptop category.

The original Chromebooks though are far from being perfect and there are at least four things that can be done to improve the current generation quite easily actually.

1. ARM instead of Intel: ARM’s biggest strengths centres around its battery consumption. Toshiba AC100-10U laptop (ARM powered) , which runs Android, is cheaper by a third and weighs 40 per cent less while having a similar battery life compared to the average Chromebook.
What’s even more incredible is that the AC100 uses a 2200mAh, 3-cell battery, compared to 6-cell 8280mAh monster on the Samsung Chromebook. Intel powered devices have more expensive and bulkier brick-type power adaptors, whereas ARM based ones are likely to have smaller, cheaper wall-type models.

2. Speaking of the battery in the Chromebook, making it removable would be a great idea as the laptop only supports up to 1000 cycles or around 18 months in the worse case scenario.

3. Bringing in an Ethernet port – a conspicuous omission – would also make a lot of sense especially if you have to set up the laptop in a notspot zone in the first place.

4. Connectivitywise, turning Chromebooks into hotspots would be a pretty cool addition indeed, something that Connectify does already for Windows and Google already achieved with Android since Froyo.

The art of perfecting a product is a multi-iterative process and Chromebooks will also follow the same trend in time.

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