Apple may still be reigning in the world of tablets, but 2013 could be the year that changes Apple’s fortunes in this category. First it was the competition from low-cost Android tablets like the Google Nexus and the Amazon Kindle Fire, which then gave way to Microsoft’s Surface RT and Pro high-end tablets. But with the Galaxy Note 8.0 launching soon, will it spell Apple’s downfall?
Apple’s iPad and iPad Mini tablets managed to account for 48 percent of worldwide tablet sales up to Q1 of 2013, but others are playing catch-up. Microsoft managed to increase its share to 7.5 percent, in a market that’s witnessing quite the boom – sales have been up by 118 percent in comparison with Q1 of 2012. Last year, during the same period, Apple accounted for 63 percent of the tablet market – and that was even before the iPad Mini was introduced.
But over the past year, a number of new tablets have entered the fray, offering similar or even better features at more competitive prices. And Apple’s biggest threat in the form of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 is yet to hit the markets. So far, the tablet has garnered quite a bit of positive media attention, some even calling it the iPad Mini killer.
Along with Samsung, most likely, Microsoft would unveil its new Windows Blue later this year, making their tablets a lot more user friendly, possibly pulling away more of Apple’s share.
The Apple iPad may be enjoying a comfortable lead in the tablet market, but we’ve just found a key reason for Apple to start worrying about losing to its rivals like the Microsoft Surface, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and the Sony Xperia Z tablets.
The Surface Pro, even though is a terrific piece of technology, hasn’t quite managed to make a mark yet, but there’s a key strength that it has against the iPad, as do its other competitors – that of multitasking. Even though there’s no doubting the robustness and smoothness of the iOS experience, there’s really no way to run numerous apps on the iPad efficiently.
On the other hand, Microsoft has put in the Snap View feature in its tablet, which lets users split the screen between two apps in a 70:30 ratio – this could soon turn into 50:50 with Windows Blue. The Galaxy Note 8.0 and the Xperia Z let users customize their multitasking requirements, letting you resize the apps on the screen to your convenience.
Is this something Apple could fix in the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, whenever they do come out?… Read the rest
Samsung never once seems to get tired of its battle with Apple or any name for that matter. As soon as Apple launched the iPad Mini to splash into the small tab land, Samsung stepped in with the Galaxy Note 8.0. As they say, god things come in small packages—check out the Galaxy Note 8.0 to judge how much of this is true.
Breezy, uber-sleek and sexily cool- the1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos processor powered tab boxes out the iPad Mini on the very first look. With 1280×800 pixel display and 2GB RAM spunking up the dolled up Galaxy prodigy, Samsung has finally got us dazed into an addiction of sorts. The pressure-sensitive stylus matches head with the unique dual-window feature on the tablet makes you take a bow to this tiny miracle from the Samsung stable.
Add to this a “hover view” spec and the preview feature comes alive like you never thought on the Galaxy Note 8.0. The screen breathes life into the images it portrays and the powerful battery illumines the Galaxy Note 8.0 like you never thought. The cameras are not worth scanning but do a decent job. Just that we expected the Note 8.0 to pack in functionality akin to a laptop. Only here—it falls short!… Read the rest
Both these tablets will feature an 8-inch screen, like the Galaxy Note 8.0, and go head on against the Apple iPad Mini. The WiFi only version of the Galaxy Tab 3.0 is expected to launch in June, while the 3G version will be launched by the company in July.
But for those of you who are in love with the S-Pen, you’re better off picking the Galaxy Note 8.0 or the Galaxy Note 10.1. The Galaxy Tab 3.0 is expected to be more of a typical tablet and could also be priced more reasonably.… Read the rest