A Few 2011 Predictions
By Andrew M. Seybold
THE EASY PREDICTIONS FIRST:
Ends up in the courts and the FCC's recent action on Net Neutrality is overturned.
The new Congress threatens to withhold funds from the FCC if they try to put Net Neutrality back on the agenda.
2011 sees the introduction of over 50 new tablets, including 2 new iPads. There will be 35 shown at CES alone. But, by the end of the year, the field of competitors is cut in half because of lackluster sales of many of these tablets.
New tablets start the process of technology creep. Several start offering hard drives, cutting the battery life, and more features are added by others to try and out do their competitors. The definition of a tablet gets blurred.
The end of year winners are: Apple, RIM (Playbook), Samsung, and Motorola.
The Windows-based tablets are not well received and flounder early on.