Gadgets Now Bureau | Jun 25, 2018, 07.47 AM IST
Steve Jobs had a natural flair when it came to giving keynote speeches. There was a sense of drama as he had a penchant for building up excitement. None of it was more evident than on January 27, 2010 when Jobs unveiled the iPad to the world. There was a picture of an iPhone and a picture of a MacBook laptop. A question mark was placed in the middle and Jobs asked, “Is there a room for a third device in the middle?” And thus, the iPad was born.
Since then the tablet market has seen some tumultuous times and even the iPad has been affected. Yet, the iPad is still surviving – if not thriving – but several other devices have fallen off from the map. Following the iPad was always going to be a mammoth task and many brands tried their hand at it. But it all went in vain. The iPad with its smart design, better accessibility to apps and a better ecosystem than competition ‘killed’ several gadgets over the years. Not to forget as smartphones grew bigger and better, the tablets have been falling by the side. Here we list out X devices that fell off the grid – directly or indirectly – because of the iPad:
2 / 10
BlackBerry PlayBook: RIP (2011-2013)
This was supposed to BlackBerry’s answer to the Apple iPad. Unfortunately, the answer was so wrong that one couldn’t even it give it ‘grace’ marks. Launched in 2011, the Playbook had limited apps and lacked native email support when it was launched. BlackBerry in a way never recovered from this blow.
3 / 10
Motorola Xoom: RIP (2012-2014)
Motorola Xoom was supposed to be the blue-eyed boy of Android tablets. It featured a 10.1-inch display and had a front and rear facing camera. Powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the device found a few takers initially but the iPad sales were too strong and overpowered it soon.
4 / 10
Back in the day, Dell was a name to reckon with – and still is – when it came to laptops and desktops. In 2011, Dell launched Streak tablet which reportedly had a terrible battery life. The display was also poor with 800×480 resolution but never had the X factor. No surprise that Dell stopped selling it within a year of the launch.
5 / 10
Like most brands, HTC too tried its hand with the tablet. The lure of taking on Apple was too big and HTC had its Flyer tablet. Unfortunately, it failed to live up to its name. It had a seven-inch screen and came with a stylus. Powered by 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, HTC flyer ran Android 2.3 but lasted then two years in the market.
6 / 10
Google Pixel C
Not exactly because of the iPad but Google stopped selling Pixel C to focus more on Chromebooks. It was hailed as the “best Android tablet around” when it was launched in 2015. It had a 10.2-inch screen and was supposed to be the iPad competitor. While it did well initially, it never caught on like the iPad.
7 / 10
Just like Dell, HP too took a shot at the tablet market. The HP TouchPad, however, proved to be a damp squib. It lasted just 49 days and it wasn’t a surprise. The TouchPad didn’t have too many apps, ran on webOS which wasn’t user friendly and poor battery life. In short, nothing that clicked with the consumers.
8 / 10
Microsoft Windows tablets
Almost 10 years before Apple ventured with the iPad, Microsoft had unveiled the tablet PCs. Its founder Bill Gates had even famously said that in five years tablet PCs will be the “most popular form of PCs sold in the US.” Hardware, software and a host of other issues plagued Windows tablets and they just didn’t take off. Gates was proven wrong, and how.
9 / 10
Asus Transformer Prime
Another tablet that was touted as the ‘iPad killer’ but genuinely failed to create ripples in the market. Asus Transformer Prime was plagued with multiple issues. It had a 10.1-inch screen with a 1280×800 resolution. It had 1GB of RAM and was another Android-based tablet that just couldn’t keep up with the iPad.
10 / 10
Sony Tablet P
Sony’s Tablet P was one with a difference. It had two 5.5-inch displays which made it extremely heavy. The Tablet P ended up being a confusing device and found very few takers in the market. So much so, that we are pretty sure this is the probably the first time you’re hearing of it.