Manufacturers Aim for Apple at 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

The (CES) held in Las Vegas next week is destined to highlight the efforts of rivals to Apple’s dominance in the ultra-mobile electronics market. With a stranglehold on its niche market, the Apple iPad appears to be a primary target as a slew of new tablet devices makes their debut in 2011.
Mobile Tablets

Although some tablets hit store shelves in 2010, including the Dell Streak and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a host of newcomers from Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Asus, Dell, and other big names in the industry are expected to vie for the hearts and minds of consumers that seem fixated on the Apple solution. As suggested by reports in Investor’s Business Daily, those aiming at the iPad have their work cut out for them.

Faced with an entrenched competitor that is gaining in its share of corporate and government customers, tablets powered by Google’s Android operating system join a tablet made by RIM, and custom tablets offered by tech-giant Microsoft in an all-out assault on the iPad by computer makers around the world.

An attendee looks at an as yet unnamed Toshiba tabel running Google’s Android at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) January 9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Google may not have had any gadgets on display at CES but the Internet giant made its presence felt. While Apple’s iPad still rules the tablet roost, Android, which is already widely used by smartphone makers, is shaping up to also be a major force in the tablet arena. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Apple not lying down

As the world hunts for an “iPad killer,” Apple is not lying down. News has circulated in recent weeks that a revamped Apple iPad will be released early in 2011. The device is expected to be lighter and equipped with a built-in speaker and two cameras in a counterattack that may stop its competitors in their tracks.

iPod Touch: Beware

Also expected at CES this year is the new Galaxy Player, a multimedia entertainment device from Samsung that takes the aura of the popular series of smartphones and pits it against the seemingly invulnerable iPod touch.

That device offers a huge touch screen, powerful video capabilities, Wi-Fi connectivity for Internet access, IP phone and video calling, and a host of productivity applications designed to attract IT dollars from the world’s largest corporations as well as the hard earned dollars of the average audiophile.

Attacking the Apple iPhone

Not to be left out in the barrage of new technology devices to be launched at CES is a set of new smartphones designed to further-erode the market Apple once dominated with its iPhone.

4G phones such as the HTC Thunderbolt are expected to be unveiled for use on Verizon’s burgeoning LTE network while another HTC smartphone, the Evo Shift, is expected to arrive on Sprint’s 4G Wimax network. With these exciting products and more anticipated for CES, one can only expect that 2011 will hold many innovations that will make help make mobile computing power more affordable and accessible than ever before.

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