Monday, February 14, 2011
There is news out of Barcelona about Samsung's new Galaxy smart phone and its new tablet computer, designed to compete with Apple's iPad. The Joongang Daily covered it, along with much of the trade press. As shown in the accompanying graphic (click to see full size version), the new Samsung tablet has a 10.1 inch screen, slightly larger than the iPad. I have long thought that something approximately this size will turn out to be a popular form factor, if it is lightweight enough. Think of it as a powerful electronic clipboard. For reading newspapers and magazines, or watching television, the size of these new tablet computers seems almost ideal. The day is close at hand when many people will carry a smart phone and a tablet computer, both for use at work and on the go, and will choose to use a large or wall-size screen at home. The ability to synchronize, access and use the same content across all three screen sizes (aka cloud computing) is indeed going to be convenient and commonplace.