Tablet computer competition heats up at CES

January 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Sunday marked the close of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This year, more new tablet computers were introduced than any other product category.

At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, you could lay your hands on no fewer than 20 different tablets vying for the number two spot behind Apple's iPad. Well, technically, you can't lay your hands on half of them until later this year.

Motorola has the top contender in its Xoom, with a screen larger than iPad's, higher resolution, Adobe Flash, two cameras, and Google's Android. But not until this summer.

Around the corner were Hanvon, Hanlin, PocketBook, Kyros Touchscreen, Coby Reader, Lenovo's Windows 7 IdeaPad, Dell's Streak 7 tablet, Samsung's 4G Galaxy, the WindPad, the Vizio VIA, Acer Iconis. The But nothing yet from Sony.

In floor space, tablets and tablet accessories rivaled phones and phone accessories.

There were dual Window pads that open like a book. Even a virtual digital virtual book.

And more accessories than you can shake a smartphone at. There was one game controller for tablets that mounts with suction cups. Speaking of games, Angry Birds were everywhere. Mattel even introduced a real-life version. Your digital version has its advantage, though: You don't need to rebuild your pig palace after every shot.

More tablet-ware will be on display at Moscone Center in just two weeks, when the annual Mac World convenes.

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Motorola Xoom

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Fling Game Controller for iPad

PocketBook Tablet and eReader on Facebook