Apple will have to work hard to keep their market share this year.
CES is generally a good indication of what to expect from the rest of the year. Last year, 3DTVs made a lot of noise at CES and expectedly, we saw Sony, Samsung, LG and Panasonic roll out their 3DTVs throughout 2010 creating tons of hype and noise. This year, it was all about tablet PCs.
Considering that Tablets are going be priced around the same as netbooks, expect to see all major vendors as well as the ones that you have never heard of enter the market- thanks to Google. I must say that their upcoming Honeycomb or Android 3.0 OS is looking pretty slick and will surely give the iPad some good competition.
I also got a chance to test out the BlackBerry PlayBook which turned out to be much more impressive than what I was expecting. The interface was beautiful and fluid and running a few heavy duty apps simultaneously on it did not slow it down. You also have the added convenience of connecting it to your BlackBerry through a Bluetooth connection and get your emails, calendar appointments and BBM chats.
What was a no-show was HP and their latest acquisition- the Web OS from Palm. I’ve played around with the Palm Pre and I think it’s a fantastic operating system that could use fresh and powerful hardware to bring out its best. Also, I won’t be surprised to see Microsoft moving Windows Phone OS to the tablet space. Windows 7 hasn’t exactly proven to be a hit in the tablet space.
Last and certainly not the least is Apple- the company responsible for creating a market as far as tablets are concerned. The iPad is, without doubt, the product of year for 2010 but Apple will really need to step it up with the follow up that is expected to launch this quarter.