Left in this year Apple Watch watches caused a lot of controversy and discussion. The main question was: what are they for the average user, not the boom? Fans of the brand authoritatively told that Tim Cook and he does not know what the purpose of hours, but it’s not terrible: in 2010, Steve Jobs also had no idea that people will do with the tablet iPad.
In order to refute this thesis, it is enough to review the presentation of the first 9.7-inch iPad. Jobs specifically enumerated the advantages of this device: compactness, performance and convenience when surfing the net. The gadget was perfect for games, movies and travel Web sites, but the important thing is that all the declared features really worked, and he was not aypad cumbersome and not be consumed per hour, how many of his predecessors. In general, iPad was a breakthrough – the first of 2015 can be judged with complete confidence.
Five years ago, Apple immediately find Asian competitors. By mid-2010, Android is already spreading across the planet, so in China immediately understand what you should choose a skin for the “clone iPad» – a modified 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Donut. The plates were prepared one-day single-core processor with a frequency of 533 GHz, 2 GB of internal memory, from 128 to 256 MB of RAM, plastic housing and standard 3.5-mm jack. The price of “clones” immediately attracted the attention – less than two hundred dollars despite the fact that the iPad sold for 500.
However, even this amount of Chinese crafts looked ill-founded. First, the vehicles were equipped with a 7-inch resistive screen – turn the pages on the Internet could only fantastically patient people. Second, the battery held from 2 to 4 hours: Wi-Fi instantly “eats” battery reserves. Third, in the standby mode, these gadgets also were discharged for half a day – in contrast to the iPad. Fourth, the Russian users had to pay for the shipping from China. The output is the tablet for $ 250 was suitable only as a bedside reading room: Angry Birds even on low CPU slowed down so that the play they just did not want to. Movies were played too far from everything – movies often had to convert (Of course, the first iPad could be accused of the same, but the iPad was the service iTunes, and then have Android does not have any Google Video). About webcam owners of budget devices prefer to forget: the only thing that can be obtained after pressing the “descent” – blur (although we should note that Apple has appeared a camera on the iPad 2). This system itself is also imposed many restrictions – there were problems with the keyboard, video playback online and compatibility of applications (particularly Android 1.5).
During the year the characteristics of the Chinese noname-plates slightly improved, while prices fell slightly, but the overall market Android- «pill” remained free. The first global attempt to occupy a niche taken, of course, the company Samsung. The most high profile innovation IFA 2010 was the first Galaxy Tab. Its equipped with Android 2.2 (solid at the time), a sturdy plastic casing, seven-inch screen capacitive glass Gorilla Glass, trёhmegapikselnoy camera and decent battery – 8-9 hours or 1-2 days average use. Disappointing price, only 100-150 dollars less than the most affordable iPad, but the Samsung proved that the Android-tablet may be suitable for use.
The Koreans have supplied device set branded widgets and applications: organizer, player, book text, advanced office applications and file manager. Besides power Galaxy Tab at the time conceded just two Android-devices: Nexus One 2.2 and Moto Droid X. All other smart phones have been behind – this meant that while the Galaxy Tab has been almost perfect machine for the “heavy” games and watching movies in good quality without conversion. The downside of the tablet was the same Android, which is clearly inferior to iOS in the smoothness and stability.
Following Samsung’s battle joined Motorola. In February 2011, the Americans showed their “killer iPad» – 10-inch tablet XOOM with Android 3.0 Honeycomb on board. This version of the system developed specifically for the “pill”, but the idea failed. Not least because of the pricing: XOOM at the start of the requested $ 700. For the money users accrue to the gadget chip NVIDIA Tegra 2, a gigabyte of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, HD-TV (pixel density higher than that of Apple), pyatimegapikselnoy camera and battery capacity of 6500 mAh, which is enough for 10 hours of video playback.