It's big, it's heavy, and it's hardly portable. Is Toshiba's 13-inch tablet already dead in the water?
NEW ORLEANS--A year ago, tablets were on the rise, and the industry forecast looked promising for expanding a market that Apple essentially pioneered. So why aren't non-iOS tablets doing better? That's the question posed at CTIA 2012 by All Things D's Walt Mossberg, who moderated a panel exploring the topic.
"Here we sit in May 2012, and it's still heavily an iPad world in tablets," Mossberg said, suggesting that Android tablets (and presumably Windows Phone and BlackBerry tablets, too) are hitting a dead end.
Yet while the market share left over for the other tablet players may seem like a slim slice of the pie, executives from Samsung, who makes a slew of Galaxy Tab devices, and Barnes & Noble, who makes the Nook family, say that there's tremendous potential yet.
This is a young category," said Samsung's Nick DiCarlo, VP of product planning. "There's a lot of market to go."
Even if not every tablet is as much a runaway success as the iPad, there are still opportunities to profit with smaller successes that grow over time as brands solidify.
"In essentially two years' time, we've taken about 20 percent of the e-book market," says Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products, Barnes & Noble, touting the experience of re... [Read more]