Rumors and new models roil the tablet market

A salesperson points at a tablet as he talks to potential customers. Rivals to the Apple iPad release new tablets almost every week. For many, a lower price is their big selling point.

Jeremy Hobson: Samsung is out with a new tablet today. Well, actually, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is being called a Phablet -- as in a cross between a phone and a tablet. It'll compete of course with the iPad, but also with the Nook from Barnes and Noble and the Kindle Fire from Amazon.

Marketplace's Adrienne Hill reports.

Adriene Hill: The tablet world is awash in rumor, speculation and a whole lot of tablets. Is a smaller iPad coming? A new Kindle Fire? And just how special is this Galaxy?

Eric Franklin: It seems like every week I’m either writing about or reviewing a new tablet, so I’m not really bored over here.

Eric Franklin is a senior editor at CNET. He says there are all these new devices with new features, like styluses, keyboards, kickstands.

Franklin: And everyone is trying different things to see what really sticks. And I don’t think anyone really knows where it’s going to end up in a few years.

Carolina Milanesi is a researcher at Gartner.

Carolina Milanesi: Consumers see the iPad as a benchmark for what a tablet should be like.

But there is one other feature the upstarts are trying to compete on: price. Right now, $199 seems to be the sweet spot.

I’m Adriene Hill for Marketplace.

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Adriene Hill is a senior multimedia reporter for the Marketplace sustainability desk, with a focus on consumer issues and the individual relationship to sustainability and the environment.
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"What's the biggest selling point for non-Apple tablets? mktplc.org/P0pLJ6" The Twitter headline fooled me into coming and read the story. :-)

With so many lower-priced competitors, how will any single one stand out against the iPad? That said, I still haven't gotten an iPad and none of the lower-priced ones intrigue me either despite better this and better than.

Only the Kindle Fire has come close in that it has an app & media content ecosystem I might buy into but a tablet experience has left me cold. In the meantime, I am sticking to my iPhone that meets 90% of my needs for media consumption.

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