While clones of iPad flood the market, the smart money is betting on differentiated media tablets that serve markets #Apple is missing. Look for dozens of different types of media tablets aimed at consumer, rather than creating, multi-media content over the next three years. R.C.J.
Whatever you prefer to call the newest category of portables-smartbooks, media tablets, iPad clones or touchscreen tablets-the astounding popularity of these devices speaks to the societal sea change under way in how we use computers and consume content. Yesterday's monolithic herd of passive TV-watching couch potatoes has splintered into diverse but intricately interconnected communities of mobile interactive-content consumers. Their voracious appetite for new media perfectly matches the tablet form factor and the touch interface that defines this rising computer class, which inhabits the space between the netbook and the smartphone.
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