In 2012, the tablet PC boomed and became not only a household name, but an actual fixture in most of our homes. A lot of people were able to see the usefulness of this nifty mobile gadget which can be used not just for work and education but also for entertainment. Of course, Apple’s iPad still tops the list of the most popular tablet PCs. Their introduction of the iPad Mini made it even more popular, but with the New Year comes new competition and new models are being introduced by the company’s competitors. In today’s race to the top, it is Samsung and Sony that are giving Apple a hard time keeping its status on top of the charts.
Nowadays, mobility is very important, especially with our electronic devices. Tablet PC screen real estate becomes an important factor when choosing which brand to buy. The size of the iPad Mini is just right for work as well as for entertainment. Because the iPad Mini clicked with the mass market, Samsung also plans to launch its own 8-inch tablet PC that supposedly has better specs than the iPad Mini. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is said to be launched this year in 2013, which will definitely give the iPad Mini a run for its money. It comes installed with Android Jelly Bean 4.2 and the usual features like front and back cameras, a USB port, a TFT screen and 2GB of RAM. There are no final specs yet but it should be launched during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.
While Samsung has yet to launch its rival for the iPad Mini, Sony has already unveiled the Sony Experia Z 10.1 inch tablet PC. Sony veered away from the crowds of the Consumer Electronics Show and instead showcased and launched their tablet PC after the event. The screen real estate may be larger than the iPad Mini but it is said to be significantly thinner and lighter. The specs of this very thin tablet PC will most likely get the attention of Android users. It has a 1.5GHz quadcore Qualcomm APQ8064 processor, an 8.1 megapixel camera and it comes with Sony’s “S-Force” virtual surround sound technology. Aside from the impressive hardware specs, it is also dustproof and waterproof, perfect for the kids you share the tablet PC with.
With these three models on the market, the public is definitely the winner of the competition. People now have more choices when deciding to buy a tablet PC. But for now, the iPad Mini still comes out on top since it is the only item readily available for purchase. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 should be released by February and Sony’s Experia Z is targeting the Japanese market with no news whether it will be made available in North America. These two other gadgets may be considered iPad Mini’s rivals but unless people can get their hands on them, they can’t really top the iPad Mini.