Tablets and wireless Internet - what awaits us in 2011?

    I was prompted to write a topic by a video from the conference of Apple, Yota and Skolkovo on the impact of new technologies on modern society. I will try to share my thoughts on what we should expect in the near future, namely, exactly in a year.

    Rapid sales of netbooks will begin to decline. Already this year, several iPad competitors will be released, some more functional, some cheaper. New users will switch to these devices, because it is more understandable than a netbook, somewhat more convenient, something more functional. The iPad-2 will come out, probably with an optional WiMax and webcam, as well as slightly improved basic features.

    Accordingly, Iota and 3G from the Big Three will be more and more (in terms of coverage), and 3G tariffs will slowly but surely creep down, because they inevitably lose to more modern WiMax and LTE in both (banal) speed and resource consumption, which is why Iota can afford unlimited tariffs for users, and the Big Three, alas, no.

    In the video, Denis Sverdlov calls three main “bottlenecks” of modern mobility:
    - screen size (it’s obvious that iPhone devices are only 3 "-4", browsing them is not comfortable)
    - a battery (Apple understands this well, and if many netbooks still “live” for 2 hours, then the iPad works for 10 hours on a single charge)
    - communication speed (EDGE has a completely unacceptable quarter of megabits; 3G - a couple of megabits; WiMax - potentially 10mbits, usually 2-5 from Iota)

    All these three “bottlenecks” are solved, but in different devices and technologies.
    - Screen size - in netbooks (clumsy solution, because non-geeks need simple functionality, akin to mobile phones) and tablets (iPad and competitors).
    - Battery- 5-6 versions appear in new netbooks, very rarely - 8 hours each. The iPad set the bar for tablets as devices between mobile and netbooks, bringing the real figure to 10 hours, essentially one full day.
    - Communication speed - among my friends nobody uses 3G, but everyone who has laptops uses Iota. I think the creators of iPad-like devices (Samsung, Dell, someone else) can catch this trend and build WiMax support there, which will ensure 100% getting into the wishes of the target audience from Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities covered by Iota.

    Conclusion: in the coming year we expect a flurry of tablets, some of which will support WiMax and therefore will be popular, the rest will dilute the market.

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