Is the End Nigh for the Ipad & Android Tablets.
For a while now Apple & Android have had the tablet market virtually to themselves - Windows RT was an abysmal failure, and companies like Apple and Samsung have been able to enjoy huge profit margins on their tablets - but that could be about to change,
First you had the Nexus 7 from £199 and then the Nexus 10 at £319 cutting into these profit margins, with Apple responding with the underwhelming Ipad Mini at £269.
Nov 7th sees a new danger - with the introduction of affordable Windows 8 tablets - not RT either, full blown Windows Pro 8.1
Dell will be bringing out the Venue 11 Pro with quadcore CPU, full HD display (1920x1080) and windows 8.1 from around £420 inc vat. The range will go all the way up to 256GB storage with up to 8GB RAM, and around 10hour battery life.
For the same price as a 32GB Ipad you get a windows tablet that will run all your existing applications (assuming you're a windows user).
Microsoft may be late to the party - and RT was a disaster - but things are about to get interesting.
The need for a mobile OS on a tablet looks like it could be over - will Apple respond by putting OSX on their new Ipad instead or IOS to try and counter the threat?
Personally I would be very interested in one of these dualbooting Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu Touch 13.10 tablets.