Tablet Computers: 6 Alternatives to the iPad
In April 2010 Apple revealed the much anticipated iPad, the first of what would later become the prototype to internet tablets over international waters. Since then, competitors have been working on improving the gadget with a few notable distributors in the US, Columbia, China and the UK. While Dozens have appeared on the international market, but only a few can hold their head up high and display the best tablet computer around.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab
The Galaxy Tab is probably the most well known alternative to the iPad. Samsung releases its Android option in Europe in late September with the rest of the world to follow. In today’s demanding lifestyle, the Samsung Galaxy Tab works much like it should – combining the skills of both a PC and a Smartphone including e-mail updates, phone conferences and video chats available from anywhere with Wi-Fi, a 3G network and Bluetooth 3.0. Unique to Galaxy is the Samsung e-reading application Readers Hub and an imaginative collaboration between DivX, Inc., which enables video playback. The seven inch makes video conferences or just a chat with Grandma straight-forward.
Brand loyalty is everything in the tech industry. Dell users won’t have to look far to check out an internet tablet developed from a source they know and trust. Months of speculation has finally led to the summer launch of the Dell Streak, initially found exclusively on O2 in the UK and elsewhere in the near future. The pocket-sized compatible touch screen computer features a full screen with complete Smartphone coverage that Business Review USA hailed back in April as the ultimate “Oversized Smartphone.” The flashy standout isn’t its five inch diameter but Qualcomm’s Snapdragon solution with 1GHz processor. Priced reasonably low with a two-year AT&T contract –nearly doubling in price without – the Streak isn’t necessarily a phone but an undersized computer.
Brand slaves might try to stay true to the omnipresent Apple, but when Archos presented its series of Android tablets one month before the iPad, it featured a host of functions noticeably absent from the Apple service. Industry experts can’t stop talking about all of the Archos Android tablets, but the 7 stands out in particular for its distinct attributes. From a front facing camera, built in USB connection and seven hours of battery life all included in the initial round of distributions, it embodies Android tablet specifics. In a hefty group servicing the Android market, the Archos 7 offers personalized Android apps, 8 GB flash memory, Flash 10 support for full web browsing and an ARM 9 processor at 600 MHz.
It’s all business at Cisco and the same can be said about the Cius tablet, a commercial tool that works with hyperactive businessmen and women. In an attempt to turn the entertainment tablet into a more comprehensive tool for industry executives, the Cisco Cius created a platform for Cisco businesses that allows the office to go anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection. Video conferencing remains what makes the Cius great, while the one pound gadget also includes HD video and e-mail with a 3G service. It might not be as exciting to walk around the office with a Cius, but if you want to get the job done this is your tool.
Notion Ink Adam
As if most of these tablets aren’t coveted to begin with, Notion Ink’s Adam has a certain prestige. That might be because for upwards of a year its arrival has been at a standstill due to investments and platform issues. Updates have revealed that during the final quarter of 2010 Adam will materialize. Adam is already a step up from the iPad. The real gem is the GPS system, but with Wi-Fi b/g/n, a rotating camera, OS upgrades and a mini-USB port, there is more than meets the eye. Adam will complete its takeover with the original content market hailed Genesis, which features various entertainment applications users require for a computer, and desire for a phone.
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It might be an unknown imprint but that doesn’t mean Augen can’t pull out an exceptional alternative to the all-too-familiar iPad. Built with similar characteristics to the popular Apple, the device is most noticeably of US origin and for sale at retail chains -including Kmart - as well as online. With a price well below most, the simplicity of this Android tablet justifies its lower price point. Finding a suitable handheld touch screen item on Blue Light Special is noteworthy even if in August Google Inc. released a statement announcing the removal of the suite of Google Mobile Services apps already installed on first shipments.
To say the least, the internet tablet is here to stay. Whether that means Apple will come out on top is up to you.
NetNumber: Time for a cloud-native transformation
NetNumber is accelerating the transition in the telecom industry to 5G as it starts a shift to cloud-native architecture to address the fast-paced demands of global subscribers and businesses.
NetNumber is offering the industry’s first cloud-native platform designed to ensure InterGENerational™ network performance addresses both the legacy and next-generation requirements of telecom networks.
“NetNumber has developed the industry’s most robust cloud-native, InterGENerational platform that addresses both the legacy and 5G requirements of telcos,” said Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer of NetNumber.
The platform provides vertical and horizontal scale-out with low latency, coupled with a suite of data replication capabilities, which provide flexible architectural options that can evolve with the changing network over time.
“Cloud-based solutions from other vendors tend to be limited in terms of supporting particular network generations or protocols. We’ve created our latest platform TITAN.IUM to allow customers to take any generation of applications, any generation of legacy services and protocols and move them into the new world of cloud-native architecture,” said Rosenberg.
“This is a really important part for a carrier to harmonise their network, bring data services together, bring legacy with new together in order to make a more effective and efficient network, as well as reduce their cost as they scale forward,” he said.
Established in 1999, NetNumber has fostered a strong team environment that leverages the industry’s best skills to offer software solutions tailored for carriers of all dimensions. Based outside of Boston and with presence in over 20 countries, the company delivers a range of products that address all generations (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) of network functions in the core network, deep rooted security products and services, STIR/ SHAKEN and set of options around data services in more than 90 countries.
Steeped in experience in building telecom solutions, software, protocol stacks, and integration of third party tools, the company’s development organisation has proven to supply to the industry with the most reliable and flexible solutions on the market.
“At NetNumber, we focus on our core competencies – we are dedicated to providing industry expertise in signaling, routing, security, subscriber management and data services. We provide customers a strong ROI through platform-based solutions that reduce Capex and Opex in the long-term,” commented Rosenberg.
Five reasons why customers choose NetNumber:
- Expertise - NetNumber has experts with deep knowledge in signaling/routing, security, and subscriber database management.
- Integration - An industry-first platform brings together domain services, applications, security, and global data services.
- Scale - NetNumber has the ability to seamlessly increase network efficiency using vertical and horizontal scaling.
- Speed - World-class solutions have the power to help companies create new service offerings and accelerate time to ROI.
- Savings - Customers enjoy significant savings in capex and opex, flexible deployment models, and investment protection.
NetNumber and Virgin Mobile MEA
“We're very proud of our partnership with Virgin Mobile MEA as they've taken the concept of the InterGENerational platform into their regional network strategy,” commented Rosenberg. “That’s accelerated how they develop exceptional services across the Middle East and Africa region.
“We work with them hand-in-hand to deliver multiple applications onto our platform which has enabled them to provide exceptional, advanced and innovative services to their customers across the Middle East, who demand high quality services.
“What they've really taken advantage of is scale. What I mean by that is they are putting multiple generations of applications and services onto the same platform and distributing that data across their network. That has resulted in an advantageous position of time to market and operational savings.
“Rather than having different applications for many different vendors that cause operational chaos, they've been able to consolidate that and reduce their operating costs by having everything on one common architecture. We’ve had a long-term relationship with Virgin Mobile in Saudi Arabia, and recently signed an agreement with Virgin Mobile in Kuwait.”
Rosenberg says that with these solutions, Virgin Mobile MEA can take advantage of getting to the market much quicker and faster—which is what today’s discerning customer demands.