Electronic devices designed exclusively to consume, rather than both consume and create, began with Apple's iPod music player, which only Microsoft's Zune has effectively challenged. Look for Apple to be challenged by touchscreen tablets from every consumer electronics maker worldwide in 2011. R. Colin Johnson, Kyoto Prize Fellow @NextGenLog
RIM's Blackberry PlayBook is banking the superior security that Blackberry phones have over the iPhone. Tethering their iPad-like PlayBook to a Blackberry phone allows RIM users to keep pace with Apple without sacrificing security.
Following the debut of Apple iPad, every major electronics producer is taking on Apple. Makers of laptops, netbooks, smartphones and, yes, even music players will all be marketing competing touchscreen tablets in 2011. Almost all will try to emulate the trend-setting iPad while adding some differentiator; Dell's Streak, for example, also lets you make phone calls...
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