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Author: John Egan
Published: January 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Four new or updated web-enabled tablets available in 2011 could help you connect with friends and loved ones who are many miles away.

“Gone are the days of lengthy installs and setups. These devices enable users to get online, through a high-speed Internet connection, within seconds of turning them on,” WildBlueDeals.com said.

WildBlueDeals.com provides a rundown of the four devices:

1. The next edition of Apple’s iPad is scheduled to be released late this spring.

“Apple didn’t invent tablets, but they definitely helped make them popular with the iPad,” according to WildBlueDeals.com.

Users of the iPad can jump online through a Wi-Fi connection or, at an additional cost, connect anywhere with a 3G data plan. Another benefit of the iPad: Access to more than 300,000 apps offered through Apple.

2. The Motorola Xoom is set to debut in March.

WildBlueDeals.com says the Xoom already is being hailed as “the first great alternative to the iPad.”

The Xoom is similar to the iPad in size and function, but with a few key differences.

The device runs on Honeycomb, the newest version of Google’s Android operating system made just for tablets; it has front-facing and rear-facing cameras; and it connect to the Internet through Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

3. The Dell Inspiron Duo is a tablet-laptop hybrid.

Housed in a thin case, the Duo can be used as a tablet or as a laptop with a full keyboard, just by swiveling it back and forth. The Duo runs on Windows 7, with built-in tablet software developed by Dell.

4. WildBlueDeals.com says the BlackBerry Playbook “packs a lot of power into its seven-inch frame.”

The Playbook relies on a custom operating system that uses simple swipes to display information and navigate applications. Early models of the Playbook connect to the Internet through a Wi-Fi connection. A WiMAX-enabled version is expected to be released sometime in 2011.


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A resident of Austin since 1999, John Egan has 25 years of experience in journalism, communications and public relations. From 1999 to 2006, he was editor and managing editor of the Austin Business Journal. John's business blog, called AustInnovation, is at http://austinnovation.com. …

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