This year in Vegas its tablets, tablets and more tablets, it’s the theme of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show with 50 new tablets are being unveiled, all of them chasing the iPad. This year it looks like there’s a lot of manufacturers really targeted at that iPad market many of whom are adding some features that the iPad doesn’t have. It looks like at the end of 2011 we’ll have a lot more tablets, which it is thought will be more viable tablets from which us, the consumer, can choose. In the meantime, the android computer tablets have gripped the imagination of consumers, with Apple’s iPad leading the way. We can see an awful lot of momentum behind androids at the moment and there’s been a lot of good stuff about, naturally this means the iPad but also the Galaxy tablet which is another that has got great reviews, but it will be exciting to see what developments there will be. It is strongly rumoured that the iPad is going to feature a front-facing camera as well as other general improvements but nothing has been announced yet, Apple may surprise us, we shall have to wait and see.
No prizes for guessing that the hottest gifts this Christmas are going to be electronic gadgets. You will not be surprised to know that these tech gifts this season are going to be sleekly designed electronic tablets so thin you can barely see them when turned on their sides. Most are elegant, touch-screen devices, inspired by the iPhone, that respond to a flick of your finger. But beyond that, they may not have much in common. Some are souped-up music and mp3 video players that slip into your pocket. Others are designed to take the place either alone or in combination of books, sketchpads, cell phones, cameras, game machines, even laptops suitable for light business tasks.Amongst the tops this festive season will probably be: Apple iPad, a knockout to look at, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, giving maximum portability, or the Apple iPod Touch 2010, there’s a lot of fun to be had with the latest generation of the iPod. These are only three of what we expect will be a bumper, hot Christmas for tech gadgets.
What is on your Christmas list this year? If you are amongst the 18 to 34 years olds then it is likely that you will be asking for a tech gadget and what’s going to be the hottest tech gadget this holiday shopping season is a question? That is probably easily answered, the iPad. This tablet ranked highest, followed by a laptop, HDTV set, Kindle or e-reader, and an iPod or MP3 player amongst those who were asked the question.It looks as though impending problems with the economy and the possibility of high unemployment will not deter buyer this year and the continued appetite for tech gadgets looks like continuing. Many people will look to savings in other directions, lower cost holiday, cheaper options on travel and cutting back on those nights out, the tech gadget will still remain king!
A major competitor to the much vaunted Apple iPad has arrived on the scene through major player Samsung in what it is believed is to be the first of a number from the company and at first sight the Samsung Galaxy Tab looks to have more to it than the iPad. As well as all the things that Apple offer, the Samsung can make calls, plus video calls, as well as all the video, music and book content that you get on an iPad and it has a camera too. Samsung says its research shows people want this device to be useable on the move and they need to be able to communicate with it.A big plus for the new Galaxy is that it is being distributed by Vodafone who has said that it will distribute the device in European markets including the UK in October. Spokesman Patrick Chomet said that the firm is “pleased to be introducing” the Galaxy Tab, and “adding tablets as part of our device range is a natural next step that gives customers an alternative way to enjoy great content and internet services,” The tablet can connect via 3G networks, as well as wi-fi and Bluetooth, but with more competitors likely in the near future, pricing will become the crucial issue.
Designed with a mixture of 80’s retro styling and futuristic sleek design, the JayBird SB2 Bluetooth headphones are the perfect accessory for your iPhone 4. Available in 9 eye-catching colours including red, black, blue, orange and white, these headphones can produce CD quality sound over Bluetooth.The JayBird SB2 headphones can be used with any Bluetooth music device and have built in buttons to play, pause and skip tracks. What’s more there is also a built-in microphone and a button for answering calls should you be using your mobile phone, simply push the button and the music will be paused and will resume when the call has finished.Don’t worry if your music device doesn’t have Bluetooth, as JayBird also sell Bluetooth adapters. The iSport adapter is designed for the iPods, iPhones and iPads, and the uSport adapter is for any device with a 3.5mm headphone socket.The JayBird SB2 Bluetooth headphones are available now for $99 each, the iSport and uSport can be purchased separately for $50 each.
Keep losing your remote controls? Got an iPhone? Then you’re in luck. The i-Got-Control turns your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a universal remote control that can control virtually any infrared device including TV’s, DVD players and music systems.The IR remote control accessory plugs into the bottom of the iPhone via the 30-pin dock connector and is powered by the device meaning no batteries are needed. To use, simply download the i-Got-Control application from iTunes, connect the control accessory, choose your devices from a list of thousands and sit back and relax with your new universal remote control.Don’t worry if your device isn’t on the list, the application has a learn mode where you simply push the learn button and tap the remote button you want to copy, the application will save it for future reference.The i-Got-Control accessory is available now for $69.95 and the software is free from iTunes.
Apple has announced that it has sold over 300,000 iPads in the US in one day! Figures include the delivery of pre-ordered units and sales at Apples retail stores up to midnight on Saturday. Apple also announced that the iPads new users had downloaded over 1 million applications from the App Store and 250,000 ebooks from its iBookstore during the release day.Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs said: “It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world — it’s going to be a game changer,” adding that, “iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad.”According to Apple’s UK store there is no set release date for the UK, but does say ‘Coming late April’, so we’ll have to wait another couple of weeks to get our hands on this clever bit of kit.