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E-reader and tablet shipments
Both types of devices made a killing during the holiday season

Consumers are bracing for an upcoming onslaught of tablets and e-readers being rolled out in the next few months -- from the likes of RIMHTCLG, and Samsung, to name a few. And these new devices aren't hitting the market without good reason -- the demand is there.

According to a report from market research company IMS Research, Q4 2010 e-reader shipments, which totaled 5.1 million units worldwide, were up 90 percent over the previous quarter -- a 116-percent increase over the same period of 2009. Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's NOOK performed particularly well, with B&N overtaking Sony at second place in the e-reader market.

While the numbers for e-readers are certainly impressive, they were overshadowed by tablets' worldwide performance. "Thanks to strong iPad holiday sales and significant sell-in of the Samsung Galaxy Tab," tablet sales rose 124 percent from quarter to quarter, to 9.4 million units in Q4 2010.

And the success of both types of devices is predicted to continue. IMS Research forecasts 146-percent growth for e-readers in 2011, thanks to falling prices and new features such as touch and color screens. Tablets, on the other hand, are expected to grow 242 percent, to 58 million units on the year. 

As we reported previously, tablet growth has already begun to cut into demand for PCs. This trend is set to continue, with tablets representing 23 percent of the portable PC market, up from just 8 percent in 2010.

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asus eee slate ep121
By riottime on 3/31/2011 12:07:02 AM , Rating: 2
i would buy the ep121 but it's a bit pricey and the weight is a little too much for me at 2.5 lbs. the plus side is the wacom digitizer, capacitive touch, pen aware, full os, and comes with a blue tooth keyboard.

i'll wait until asus brings out the 2nd gen ep121. i don't want to be their beta testers. ;)

RE: asus eee slate ep121
By damianrobertjones on 3/31/2011 3:30:58 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously, I imported one from the U.S, clean installed after fitting an Intel 310 mSata SSD and managed a 16 second boot to desktop. The screen is amazingly clear and much better than other machines like the Latitude XT2, HP 2740p etc.

Touch is extra easy to use due to the screen estate and I installed the whole lot using Touch. I laugh at people that state, "Windows is not good for touch". yeah, ok, maybe you're holding it wrong :)

But as you said, the main failure and possibly the only one, is the battery life :( IF it had managed to stay on for 6 hours I would have been in heaven. As it stands a director now has the machine (also has an ipad) and loves the thing, especially the Stylus (So, Apple, the pen is dead?).

Asus EP121 v2 it is then.

P.s. Asus could have fixed the battery issue before the UK release but i bet they haven't.

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