Computex Tablet Frenzy Turns Heads
Perhaps the quietest story of the past week is the tablet frenzy that took place at this year's Computex event. In January, as Apple prepared to unveil the iPad, tech blogs and publications heralded that a tablet from Apple would soon spark a veritable tablet computer frenzy around the world - both among consumers and manufacturers.
Now that this prediction stands poised to come true, people seem far too occupied with celebrating the iPad's two million units sold already to acknowledge that the tablet business is about to get a whole lot more crowded. Today, PC World
served up an in-depth look at better than a dozen new rivals for the iPad that turned up at Computex 2010, which kicked off only five months after Apple introduced the iPad.
In recent days, MMi has covered the development of foreign iPad competitors like the Wind Pad and the Eee Pad
, but those two offerings only scratch the surface of the choices that could soon manifest in the international tablet market. "In the weeks leading up to Computex," notes the publication, "it appeared Google might sweep the show with Android-based tablets, but Microsoft swooped in with some key victories and the launch of Windows Embedded Compact 7 software for small devices."
PC vendors are clearly not going to let the iPad own the market. And with attention on Apple likely shifting away from the iPad and back toward the iPhone in light of the next-gen product launch only days away, it's quite possible that by the time Apple reveals a second generation iPad - possibly next year - the tablet marketplace will not even remotely resemble the practically barren landscape that it is today.