It Was a Tablet Christmas

Last Christmas was the Tablet Christmas. I say this because many people rushed to get themselves one as a gift for their year’s hard work and for their friends. Indeed, a tablet was among the most popular single gift that people gave out last Christmas. This can be attributed to the rising popularity of the Tablet Phenomenon in the year 2012 and a release of cutting edge Tabs by most technology companies that made competition stiff and led to a drop in its prices. The choice for tablets is being dominated by the more cost-effective and smaller tablets. The smaller tablets are preferred because they just seem right in your hand when compared to the 10″ tablets.

Below is a summary of the Tabs that competed for a share of the Global Tablet Market and the trend is likely to continue at least into the second quarter of this year:

1. iPad with Retina Display


This is the newest iPad in the market. It is the 4th generation of the full-sized iPad, bringing you a tablet that is now twice as powerful. There has been no noticeable visual change to the iPad except the addition of the lightning port.

2.     Asus Nexus 7


This is the official Google tab priced at about £199 for the new 32GB. The tablet is slim and just 7 inches

3. iPad Mini

01.22.13_technewsrprt_img_stories_vincent-maraba_christmas-tablet_3Out of the smaller tablets, the iPad has the biggest screen with 7.9 inches. It mirrors the iPhone 5 with it’s chamfered edges and anodised coated back.

Early on the iPad mini drew much criticism for two things – it’s price and the lack of a retina display. Reviews have since come in saying that the device was great to look at and felt at home in your hand.

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 


It’s the only tablet that comes with a “pen” that can be used to write and draw on the screen. You can Draw, write, edit photos and share with the intuitive S Pen.

The Note 10.1 runs Google’s Android software, giving it access to a wide array of apps originally written for smartphones.

5. Microsoft Surface 


It is Microsoft’s first tablet which runs Windows RT, a version of Windows 8 adapted for tablets. It comes with a version of Microsoft’s Office suite and the ability to connect to wireless printers and some other peripherals, like USB drives. The covers for it have functional keyboard printed on the inside.

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Written by Vincent Maraba

Vincent Maraba is studying for his Msc.  in Telecommunication Innovation and Development  at Strathmore University, Kenya. He won the 2012 Safaricom Appstar challenge finance category with his new innovation, PesaTracker, an Android app that allows users to track, analyse and backup their M-Pesa transactions.  M-Pesa is an award winning, mobile-phone based money transfer and micro financing service for Safaricom and Vodacom, the largest mobile network operator in Kenya and Tanzania. It allows users to deposit, transfer and withdraw funds via text message.

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