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Emergence Of Tablets In High Speed Wireless Wars

The answer to the eternal question is, yes, size does matter. Take a moment to retrieve your mind from the gutter, because we’re talking about screen size. Electronics manufacturers spent years convincing us that we could not ever hope to experience satisfaction from watching the game on a 27” television screen, not when there was a 32” available. They successfully kept upping the ante, progressively enlarging screen sizes until, today, someone with a 50” LCD may be compelled to cower in fear of ridicule by those flaunting 65”, 70” and even 80” screens.

No sooner were we sold on this notion, however, then along came wireless data providers and smart phones telling us that the path to true coolness lay in accessing your streaming video service via your phone and watching on a 3” display. The problem to this approach was the fact that it is really, really difficult to pick out much detail in a movie or a football game when the actors or players are about a quarter of an inch in size. Electronics manufacturers, ever alert to the wants and desires of the marketplace, found a new niche with the tablet.

Small enough to prevent you from straining yourself hauling an unwieldy, four pound laptop around, yet large enough to prevent eye strain, tablets also provided the added benefit of allowing the guy in the seat behind you on the plane to peek through the crack in the seats and express awe and admiration over your ability to watch Hulu or YouTube videos that he would otherwise have to wait until the plane landed to watch.

In order to fully appreciate the potential of video on a tablet, you need high speed access like that available from, or you might be subjected to embarrassing buffering delays at the most inopportune times.

Tablet computers are the latest weapon in the arsenal of high speed wireless providers. There seems to be a must-have device released on a weekly basis and the ongoing quest by wireless providers to sew up market share will very likely result in faster, more capable devices released at a dizzying pace.

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