For some time now, I have been talking about the tablet revolution. Back in 2009 when I started this blog we only had a few choices, the best at the time being the first generation Kindle. Remember, the old gray screen that didn’t let you do much, other than connect to the Amazon marketplace? Well times sure have changed, and although it seems like it is a tablet free for all out there, there are some that have risen to the top.
The Nexus 7 by Google is the newest player. This small 7 inch heavyweight packs a punch. It has a quad core Tegra 3
processer, 1 gig of RAM, a good camera and the latest greatest version of the Android operating system (4.1 Jelly Bean). After spending a few weeks with the Nexus 7, I am amazed at the package the folks at Google have put together. The build cost of the tablet is $190, and the sale price is $199, leaving only a nine dollar profit, but when you consider all the apps and book you will be buying, Google is getting a customer for a long time to come.
The Nexus 7 is a game changer in the sense that it effectually kills the Nook Tablet and the Kindle Fire, both inferior products for the same money. It also put’s Apple’s iPad on notice that the status quo is over, and Apple will now have to up the ante big time to compete. It will also have to seriously think about lowering the iPad’s price from its current $500-$600 price range.
Also out there on the horizon is the new Samsung Galaxy tablet that will be fairly compatible price and feature wise with the nexus 7, but have a pen feature, more to come on this when it is released. The biggest product to enter the ring however, will be the Windows 8 tablet by Microsoft in October. This tablet will directly compete with the iPad, and unless Apple has something up their sleeve with a better model, it will dominate the iPad in every way. The Windows 8 tablet will for all intensive purposes a real computer you hold in your hand.
It’s still too early to tell how the tablet revolution will shake out, but the game has changed. I expect the $200 price range will be the standard of what people are willing to pay for a tablet and the 7 inch screen to be the standard size, I have already heard of the iPad Nano 7” talk. Apple for the first time in a long time, finds itself in unfamiliar territory of having to catch up to a popular trend, and Amazon and Barnes and Noble have been lapped and need to get over the fact that they dominated for so long, and retool for the future.
All of this back and forth is very good for us, the consumer. The prices will only go down, and before to long I feel most people will own a tablet of some kind. It is also great for the book industry, but that’s an article for another time.