Knowing what are the best new tech & gadgets is a very tough question, but we do know what two should be considered – smartphones and tablets. The former has been on the market longer than the latter, but these tablet PCs have now found the momentum that was promised to us at the beginning of last year.
The two are very similar in what they do, but they still fulfill different roles. The smartphone is used as a communication device, as well as connecting to the Internet, performing tasks and playing games as well. Most tablets will not make calls, but they do all the other things much easier for two reasons – they are better for performing those tasks mentioned above, as well as faster.
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We have to point out that not all tablets are faster than smartphones, not when there are certain handsets on the market packing dual-core processors and more RAM. Going back a few months there was not a huge selection of tablets on the market, but since CES 2011 computer and cell phone makers have been relentless in announcing or releasing new devices.
There are two main contendors at the moment in the tablet market, and that is the Motorola Xoom (soon to be released in the UK) and the new iPad 2 – any guesses, which you think, will sell more units? It is the same story in the smartphone market; it is basically Android against the iPhone. The former may be winning the OS market share, but that is because they have so many more devices running on the Google mobile operating system compared to the Apple, who only has one. However, the iPhone is king of the handsets, and is now close to hitting sales of 100 million since its launch in 2007.
Do you think you would be able to choose from a smartphone or tablet, or do we now need both?