Sony cut their Tablet S price by $100 in hopes to compete with the Apple iPad. Sony’s Android 3.1 Honeycomb-based Tablet S is now priced at $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB model. In December, Sony (NYSE:SNE) had the Tablet S on sale temporarily for $50 off the regular price, but that didn’t seem to bring many people to buy the Sony Tablet.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad tablets hold the tablet market worldwide at 61 percent. That number will drop by 2014 as the device cedes share to Android, Microsoft Windows 8 and other tablets, according to a recent report by eMarketer. The report predicted that 33.7 million Americans will use a tablet device at least monthly by the end of this year, a boost of 158.6 percent over last year. The number of tablet users will rise to almost 90 million by 2014, reported eWeek.
The Sony Tablet S features a 9.4-inch TFT display with 1280-by-800 resolution, 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, front- and rear-facing cameras, microUSB port, SD expansion slot, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Tablet S runs on Android 3.1 Honeycomb, but is expected to get an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.
The 16GB Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Tablet (Wi-Fi only) and 16GB Acer Iconia (Wi-Fi) are priced at a low $319.99.
Toshiba Thrive 16GB (Wi-Fi) and the 16GB Asus Eee Pad Transformer (Wi-Fi) are both priced at $400.
While Verizon just released the Motorola XyBoard which is priced $529.99 – $729.99 with a two-year contract.
Tablets are in high demand this coming year. Most small to medium business owners plan to purchase tablets in the next 12 months. According to IT research firm The NPD Group’s third-quarter SMB Technology Monitor the Apple iPad tablet is the most considered tablet to be purchased.
The NPD Group’s report said, among the small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) surveyed, 73 percent said they plan to purchase tablets over the next 12 months, up from 68 percent in the NPD Group’s second-quarter survey. An overwhelming number, 90 percent, of all firms anticipate spending the same amount or more on tablets over the next 12 months. The average investment an SMB will spend on tablets is projected to exceed $21,000 over the next 12 months.
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