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Tablets Could Outsell PCs Sooner Than You Think

December 23rd, 2013 | Posted by Michael Luciano in Android | iPad | Rental | Tablet - (0 Comments)

thin-tabletIs it really that hard to fathom how quickly new technology changes purchasing patterns? At times it can be. We get so caught up in the newest trend that our still “new” tech becomes obsolete when the “newest thing” comes out. It is the nature of consumer growth, and it has shown with the growing number of tablet sales. Ever since the introduction of the iPad and its growing success, we have seen more and more tablets being developed. The demand for the product has become so high that it has now gotten other companies involved, like Microsoft and Samsung. Even the Kindle became more than just and eBook and decided to jump on the tablet band wagon. But just how successful are tablets now?

One could argue that we are right at the “prime time” for the tablet market. More and more models are being developed for the consumer market. But what about the desktop and the laptop? Are tablets going to spell the end of these products?

Research from IDChas indicated that buy the end of the fourth quarter this year, tablets will have outsold PCs. Even if only for the fourth quarter, that says a lot for the tablet market. We see how successful they have become. So much so that Apple even made its own product line for them with the iPad. If you were to walk into any Apple store, the first thing you will see are the iPads. Whether they be the iPad Minis or the iPad Airs, they are the first product line being displayed. The Macbooks come second in the display, with the iMac desktops being stored on the side of the stores. This general product placement is not without purpose.

Smart devices are becoming the norm. The end of this year was expected to see a 10.6% growth in the smart device market. By the end of 2017 however, the market growth will begin to slow to about 3.1% due to over saturation within the market. Many companies will be emerging with their own tablet products and here is where we will see the longevity of the devices put to the test.

Look at how much bigger certain phones are getting. Take the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the Galaxy Note for example. These phones are a lot bigger than some would originally anticipate and it again is not without purpose. Even these devices are getting names now. The ever popular “phablet” or “phone-tablet” will start to see more of rise in consumer purchases. The demand for smaller and cheaper tablet devices that can receive texts and make calls will increase.

Take the tablet now though. We saw innovation with the laptop. We saw a computer that we can take on the go. With the introduction of the tablet, we saw even more portability. The tablet was capable of doing the same basic functions as the laptop or desktop could but was smaller, sleeker, and more mobile. This alone has consumers looking to it for their computing needs.

Expect to see the tablet outsell the PC by the 2015.

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3D Gensture Sensor’s For Your Tablet: Practical Or Not?

December 13th, 2013 | Posted by Michael Luciano in Android | iPad | Tablet | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

leapmotionRecently we have seen a big rise in motion control and 3D gesturing and sensors. Take the Xbox Kinect and the Playstation Move for example. Both are using 3D motion control technology to accurately capture and process your movements to make games more interactive. A fun an and entertaining concept no doubt. But, what about this? What if you were able to use the same type of technology on your smartphone or your tablet? Would it be worth all the commotion it would cause? Would it be practical? Or, would it be just another cheap gimmick to try and reel customers? After, touch screens were designed for, well… touch.

The company, Leap Motion, has already seen its motion control product utilized on desktop computers an laptops alike. For those unfamiliar with the device, the Leap Motion Controller, is a sensor that plugs directly into your computer and allows you to take control of your PC’s or laptop’s functions with just simple hand gestures. Well, now they have plans to expand their market.

Leap Motion is doing it’s best to see mobile devices, such as your tablet, using its 3D motion control interface. The CEO of the company expects to see this be implemented in new mobile devices by the end of 2014.

Since the Leap Motion Controller is a separate device, it would need to be somehow integrated into the hardware of a phone or tablet itself. Recently, the challenges that were faced with integrated the technology into smaller hardware has been overcome and has since seen its way onto an actual product. The HP Envy 17 laptop has actually put the motion control sensor created by Leap into the laptop and has put it out for consumer use. Now the object is to see the same type of technology put into mobile devices for commercial and consumer use.

When asked about the possible new functions for the technology, Leap had mentioned that they were working with manufacturers to make the transition as seamless as possible. They are doing their best to make specific gestures fitted for mobile devices. With the ability to use your tablet as a TV remote with gesture-based control functions, Leap has definitely opened up a whole new market with their product. The chance to actually have different devices’ functionalities coincide with one another based on the embedded technology is quite remarkable, but then comes the question on whether or not it could be viewed as practical.

When looking at it from a marketing standpoint, having this technology embedded into tablets and other mobile devices already is reason to believe that it is important enough to see proper use and practicality when utilized. It still brings back the thought of, touchscreens being for touch. The “pinch” and “spread” motions are already there for us on the touchscreens. This technology will just allow us the capability to do it in free space above the sensor. The company to trying to see this technology on the mass market anywhere from July to December of 2014, so be on the look out from summer to winter of next year.

The NEW iPad Mini With Retina Display Is Here!

November 20th, 2013 | Posted by Michael Luciano in iPad | Rental | Tablet - (0 Comments)
iPad and iPad miniEvery holiday season can mean many things to many people, and even many companies. To some it may mean family dinners, holiday shopping, milk and cookies and a warm fire place. To others, like the companies out there, it may mean it is time to capitalize on the competition and the holiday season by bringing putting out the best products our company can offer currently. Well the Apple and its tablets have gone ahead and utilized that prospect wholeheartedly. The tablet game has been going strong, and its only getting more complex as the holiday season draws closer and closer. Well Apple has one more trick up their sleeve this year.The new iPad Mini with its Retina display is now available for all consumers and is really shaping up to be one of the best possible tablets to purchase this year with everything it has to offer so far.So what exactly can this new mini tablet offer up to the table? Well how about starting with the one thing that everyone seems to gawking at. The new 2,048 x 1,526 pixel count Retina display. For such a smaller screen than the recently released iPad Air, that is quite a large pixel count. The newly introduced A7 chip processing unit along with the co-processing M7 chip are also featured in the in iPad Mini Retina. It just so happens that both of these chips are also included in the iPad Air as well. Both of these chips working together means much faster functionality due to the M7 chip taking over all motion functionality processing and leaving the rest for the A7 chip to handle. Weighing in at only 0.73 lbs and boasting a 7.9 inch display, it would seem that this new iPad Mini is basically the new iPad Air only…”Mini”. They do host the same specs after all.

The only real draw back to the new iPad Mini is the $399 price tag. As with most Apple products, this one comes with a decently sized price. Having said that though, it is still $100 cheaper than the new iPad Air and is basically the same thing. This is perfect for anyone not wanting to haul around a larger tablet but still wants the freedom and mobility of a top quality tablet. The $399 is also starting price, so if you choose to get a higher memory storage or are planning to get LTE service as well, be prepared to have the price increase pretty substantially.

It may be a better benefit to rent this before buying just to see if the size itself would be the best fit for you, along with all of the capabilities of the device. This could be a great fit for the office as well, with its storage size being able to be expanded up to 128GBs, holding documents, memos, and even setting up your programs and apps. Any office could benefit from new tech, but now even class rooms are beginning to utilize tablets and the iPad Mini could be perfectly suited for teachers and students alike. That is, if it is within the schools budget of course.

Be sure to check out the new iPad Mini today, or rent one today! You may have something else to add to your Christmas list!