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Tablets by the numbers

Tablets by the numbers

You love your tablet, and why not? It’s portable, powerful and always connected – as long as you have a wireless internet plan. Chris Powell of Connected Rogers magazine shares the latest tablet stats.

It’s hard to believe that Steve Jobs once said in an interview that tablets, as a new product, would fail. He changed his mind, obviously, and look what’s happened since. Today, about one in 10 Canadians owns a tablet – an iPad, a Samsung Galaxy Tab, a BlackBerry PlayBook or otherwise – and that number is on a serious upswing.  As tablets get more useful, the number of tablets on the market keeps growing rapidly. Tablets are portable and powerful – simply put, they’re awesome. However, that awesomeness plummets significantly if you’re relying on Wi-Fi alone to get your tablet online.  We’re using our tablets for everything these days, from on-the-go gaming and TV viewing to web surfing and shopping. But all this requires a wireless internet plan – one that’s super-fast, affordable, reliable and secure. Connecting your tablet to the  Rogers LTE network means you can more fully enjoy your device, wherever you are.  Still on the fence about getting a wireless internet plan for your tablet? Consider the following:

About 1/3 of tablet use occurs outside the home

Approximately 33% of all time spent with tablets happens outside the home, whether at work/school (15%), in the car/commuting (14%) or while out shopping (4%). Tablets offer a whole whack of ways to enhance those out-of-home occasions, from maps, apps and TV streaming to comparison-shopping tools. But many of these tools rely on internet connectivity, and there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to establish a Wi-Fi connection wherever you are, especially if you’re on the move. You don’t use a pay phone for calls while you’re out, so why be limited to Wi-Fi hotspots to get online? Don’t let your chance at a great shortcut or killer deal be compromised by spotty internet.

53% of tablet owners watch video or stream TV on their Tablet

Whether they’re being used as part of two-screen viewing or to watch full  episodes, tablets have become an  integral part of the 21st-century TV experience. What they lack in screen size, they make up for with portability, accessible controls (no more losing the remote) and, with headphones on, an immersive viewing experience. At the same time, new tools, like the Rogers Anyplace TV tablet app, allow you to catch up on full episodes  of shows or watch trailers for upcoming movies. Watching live streaming requires a reliable internet connection, however, and a wireless internet plan can ensure you don’t miss a moment of Modern Family or Seed.

For more tablet stats and support, check out the full article in Connected Rogers magazine.

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Weekend Reading:Tech gift guide, tablet reviews, Windows 8, and mobile security Q&A

Some weeks are bigger news weeks than others, and this week was a great one for tech news – in fact, I had a hard time narrowing it down to my top picks this week! However, I finally settled on 4 I think you’ll enjoy – a gift guide for digital cameras, reviews on a top selling tablet (which is also sure to be popular this Christmas), and more info on Windows 8 and mobile security, which both remain hot topics as well.

Digital camera gift guide

Did you know: Christmas is only 37 days away?! As a result, we’re starting to see a lot of holiday gift guides being released, including a great one this week from Engadget. This week they released a gift guide entirely devoted to digital cameras, with emphasis on popular styles including point-and-click, mirrorless, and Digital SLR. Check out their list and start inquiring about what matters most to your shutterbug – since reading this you’re down to only 36 days and 23 ½ hours left for shopping!

Tablet Reviews: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

In our last Rogers Innovation report, we reported that 35% of youth believe tablets will replace textbooks within the next 5 years. We wanted to put that theory to the test so we asked La Lobana and Med Lab Maven to use the Samsung Galaxy tablet for a week and asked them if tablets could replace their textbooks. See how they fared in Lo Lobana’s post here, and Med Lab Maven’s post here.

See Windows 8 devices& read why you should upgrade

Connected Magazine recently put together two great guides for their readers – a hands-on introduction to Windows 8 devices, and another one highlighting the key differences between Windows 7.5 and 8. Start out by getting a crash course on the Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung ATIVS, Windows Phone 8X HTC, and Samsung ATIV smart PC. Once you’ve got a better knowledge of the hardware, take a deeper look into the software by reading up on features like Kid’s Corner, SkyDrive, and of course, mobile wallet.

Mobile payments and security

Speaking of mobile wallet, this week we were fortunate enough to speak with two leaders in the mobile tech industry for a Q&A on security – the Huffington Post’s Dan Tencer, and Gemalto security expert Paul Bradley.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what happens to your personal info when your phone is lost or stolen, how apps are secured to ensure your banking and shopping info is safe, or how to keep track of what data third party vendors have access to, you’ll definitely want to check out our Q&A here.

Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard

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You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers: how-to series from Connected Magazine

How To Connected MagazineThese days, you can find a how-to article about pretty much anything online. From technical information to life advice, it’s all there. Our friends at Connected Magazine answer your questions and publish awesome how-to’s and tutorials on technology on a weekly basis – from smartphones and the latest apps, to how to setup a PVR.

Here’s three great how-to articles from their recent online archives about Rogers One Number, Android widgets and tablets.

How To: Set up Rogers One Number

By now, most of you are familiar with our Rogers One Number service that launched earlier this year. It lets you talk, text and send picture messages, and video chat with other Rogers One Number users, all from your computer using your existing phone number. In this how-to article, you’ll learn about how to register, make a call, switch devices, set up reach me rules and more. Check it out.

How To: Add a widget on your Android device

Widgets are like mini-apps that sit on your home screen. In essence, they are shortcuts to a main app. In this article, you’ll find easy, step-by-step instructions on how to add a widget to your mobile device.

How To: Master your iPad, Galaxy Tab or PlayBook

In this article, you’ll find a few quick tips for a couple of the most popular tablets available today. Learn how to attach a picture to an email from your iPad, enable Adobe Flash on your Samsung Galaxy Tab, and enable private web surfing on your BlackBerry PlayBook.

This is just a small sample of what you can find in Connected Magazine. Take a look at their how-to section for more great tips, tricks and helpful information.

If you have a technical question about a Rogers product or service, check out our Community Forums, where you can ask questions and share answers.

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Feelin’ festive: gift giving ideas from Rogers

It’s not always easy finding that perfect gift. Finding a parking spot at the mall can be frustrating and recurring nightmares about a gift giving faux-pas can leave you confused and panicked. Don’t fret. We can help.

I’ve got a few challenging people to buy for on my list this year so recently, I sat down with Stephanie, one of our Data Girls, to talk about some gift giving ideas from Rogers. We talked about ideas for that hard-to-buy for technology junkie, the gamer brother or boyfriend and a foodie relative. Check out this video for a few ideas, or if nothing else, to admire my festive holiday outfit:

Do you have any great gift ideas? What’s been the best (or worst!) gift you’ve ever received?

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Get your family a tablet on us

Gift with purchase from RogersWhether you’re a seasoned technology fan or just learning, you’ve probably noticed tablets growing in popularity. This holiday, why not get your family a tablet on us? Starting today, we’ll be giving away a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as part of a new gift with purchase offer.

Here’s how you get it

  • Get a Tablet when you activate 2 new lines on a voice and data Family Plan on a 3 year term; OR
  • Get a Tablet for $149.99 when you add 1 new line on a voice and data Family Plan on a 3 year term; OR
  • Get a Tablet when you subscribe to TV + Internet on a 2 year term (minimum Digital Basic TV + Lite Internet).

See for full offer details and terms and conditions.

What’s so great about the Samsung Galaxy 10.1?

This WiFi + 4G tablet has an amazing 10.1” display, 16 GB memory, 1 GHz dual-core processor, front and rear cameras and GPS support making it powerful, portable and convenient, and it’s valued at $679.99.

The tablet will be your family’s new entertainment centre as it comes preloaded with access to our best entertainment applications like Rogers On Demand, urMusic, Sportsnet and MacLean’s content.

So say you’re looking to get your teens their first cell phones or maybe you’ve been wanting to hook up your TV and Internet to the Rogers network.  Now’s the time to do it.  You will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on us (with eligible plans above). Tis the season for giving, after all.

Do you have a tablet?  If so, what do you use it for most?

Annemarie is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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RedBoard video: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1”

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1” has now joined Rogers lineup of mobile Internet and Android devices.  This tablet has an amazing 10.1” display, 16 GB memory, 1 GHz dual-core processor, front and rear cameras and GPS support making it powerful, portable and convenient.

It’s also Wi-Fi plus 4G Internet access enabled, perfect for people who want to stay connected no matter where they are. With download speeds up to 21 Mbps on the Rogers wireless network, and roaming capabilities in more than 190 countries worldwide, this device can also act as a mobile hotspot.

Recently, I caught up with Rogers Neil Shuart to take a closer look at some of the device’s unique features and functionality. Take a look:

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1” is available from Rogers for $349.99 with a three-year plan, $679.99 with a month-to-month contract or as a standalone purchase.

Let us know what you think of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1”.

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Highlights & video from Rogers TabLife TO

Rogers TabLife TO audience

On Friday, Rogers headquarters in Toronto was buzzing as 200 visitors, many with tablet in hand, attended the inaugural Rogers TabLife TO.

Throughout the day, twelve speakers touched on the ways the tablet is transforming the way we live, work and play. Rogers’ John Boynton also announced three initiatives to help grow Canadian usage of tablets, which he declared were “dashboards” of tomorrow.

Catch up on what you might have missed

For those that couldn’t make it, we’ve uploaded six full-length videos of the day’s sessions.

1. Duncan Stewart of Deloitte Consulting gives an entertaining take on What’s Next For Tablets.

2. John Boynton of Rogers discusses Tablets In A Connected World.

3. Tablets and the Media panel featuring Bob Stein, Institute for the Future of the Book; Stephanie Jackson of Zinio; Matt Hartley of the National Post; and Claude Galipeau of Rogers Media.

4. How Tablets are Transforming Business panel featuring Dr. Wendy Graham, who uses tablets in her practice; Margaret Stuart of SAP Canada who uses special tablet software for sales leads; and Gord Stein, Vice-President of Rogers Business segment.

5. The inspiring Tablets and Autism case study by University of Toronto researcher Rhonda McEwen

6. Live demo of the BlackBerry PlayBook by RIM’s David Neale, featuring Q&A with TabLife MC Marc Saltzman.

For more on the day’s events at Rogers TabLife TO, check out posts by MobileSyrup, Engadget and The Cellular Guru.


Did you attend Rogers TabLife TO? Do you have any feedback on the event?

Rob Manne is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Live from Rogers TabLife TO: CMO declares tablets dashboards of tomorrow

We’re big believers in the future of tablets.

Today at Rogers TabLife TO, we unveiled a series of initiatives to help our tablet customers get the most out of their devices, including a Remote PVR designed for tablets.

We’ve also developed data sharing plans for tablets and will introduce a tablet-friendly version of Rogers on Demand Online early next year, John Boynton, Rogers executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said this morning in a keynote speech.

Boynton told the conference:

“Tablets are the dashboards for the highways of tomorrow. They are the command centres of the future…I can tell you about a service we’re working on that allows you to remotely control your home devices.  Starting in 2011, you will be able to set your home PVR using your tablet.  This means that while sitting in a restaurant you can choose what movie you want to watch.  You’ll never have to worry about missing the first period of a Leafs game.”

He added that Rogers is committed to data plans that allow our customers to move between their devices easily, seamlessly and reliably.

“Instead of separate plans, people can buy a combined plan that is less expensive and now share their data across the devices they want. Data sharing is important because tablets will not replace smartphones. Tablets will be companion devices to smartphones providing instantaneous connections on a bigger screen wherever you are.”

We created Rogers TabLife TO to explore ways tablets are changing how we live, work and play. You can learn more about today’s event at And, we’ll have full coverage of Rogers TabLife TO here on RedBoard early next week.

Rogers Tablet Touchpoint 2010

Alongside the event, we worked with The Strategic Counsel on research related to attitudes, behaviours and impacts of tablet use in Canada. Key findings of the Rogers Tablet Touchpoint 2010 include:

  • 69 per cent of tablet users take their tablet everywhere they go
  • 58 per cent of tablet users say their tablet is typically the first device they turn on in the morning
  • 44 per cent of tablet users say they would rather give up their desktop or PC than their tablet.
  • 63 per cent of owners use their tablets for work at least some of the time
  • Almost 60 per cent of those do not own a tablet agree that tablets will transform the way we live, work and play
  • 42 per cent say they plan to purchase a tablet within the next year.

You can see the detailed survey results here:

Want to win a tablet?

Coinciding with Rogers TabLife TO, we’re running a national contest where we’ll be giving away a Dell Streak and Samsung Galaxy Tab. To enter, all you have to do is tweet how a tablet could change your life for the better along with the hashtag #TabLife. For more details, check out @RogersBuzz on Twitter.


Keith McArthur is senior director of Social Media at Rogers

Update (December 3, 6:00 PM): As a preview of next week’s wrap-up post, below you’ll find photos from Rogers TabLife TO as well as the keynote speech from John Boynton entitled “Tablets in a Connected World.” We’ll have more videos here on RedBoard soon, including the sneak-preview demo of the new BlackBerry Playbook tablet with RIM’s David Neale.

Update (December 6, 10:20 AM): Below Research In Motion’s David Neale talks to Marc Saltzman about the soon-to-launch BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and what’s next for the tablet space in 2011. Neale demos a prototype device, including a hands-on with the user interface, HD video and camera functionality.

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Talking tablets with Marc Saltzman: ‘I rely on the device’

Marc Saltzman Rogers TabLife TOTablets burst onto the scene earlier this year and already have become an essential device for many professionals to demo materials to clients, keep in contact with co-workers and consume content.

As part of our RedBoard series about how tablets are changing the way we live, work and play, we asked journalist and consultant Marc Saltzman five questions about how he uses tablets as well as what his predictions are for this technology.  He sees tablets becoming one of the most-exciting device categories 2011 as many more players enter the mix.

1. How do you use your tablet?

I use my Apple iPad on a daily basis. I use it for consuming media (watching video, reading e-books and playing games), as well as looking up information on the web and reading email. I also listen to music and audiobooks. To a lesser extent, I write articles on the tablet via the built-in soft keyboard or on one of the keyboard docks I have.

2. What has surprised you most about the device?

Frankly, I’m surprised at how much I rely on the device. I wasn’t sure if I really “needed” another device like this – one that’s somewhere in between a cellphone and computer in size, functionality and price but find it very lightweight and easy to carry, it boots up immediately and lasts many hours between charges. I’m also surprised how much I use the 3G connectivity opposed to Wi-Fi (especially when on the road).

3. What are your predictions for tablets in 2011?

I predict this will be one of the most exciting categories, with many players jumping into the mix, including Android, BlackBerry, Microsoft and other players. While it doesn’t quite replace the PC, there are so many inherent benefits to tablets. And when you fold in the apps, it completely changes the game; in fact I don’t think tablets would be as successful without accompanying app stores

4. If you were sent to a desert island and could take one device, would it be a tablet or another device? Which one and why?

Ha, good question. Assuming there’s electricity, yes? Well, since I’m a journalist and author, I’d probably keep my sanity by writing (maybe a book or 10), so maybe a PC with a physical keyboard would be more ideal for someone like me, but maybe a tablet with external keyboard?! I hope I’d have access to the App Store to see what new apps debuted every day!

5. What’s your one must-have app?

TuneIn Radio ($1.99). It’s an app that lets you listen to more than 40,000 radio stations from around the world (fully searchable and browse-able); you can record songs or broadcasts to listen to later on; pause, rewind or fast-forward like a PVR; program a timer to record something in advance; and much, much more.

Saltzman will be the MC at Rogers TabLife TO on December 3rd.

You can learn more about the event at We’ll have full coverage of Rogers TabLife TO here on RedBoard on December 3rd and shortly after the event.

Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Talking tablets with Bob Stein: ‘A consumption device’

Tablets have become a popular device for consuming content – whether it’s reading magazines, watching movies on a flight, playing games on the go or sharing stories with people from your sofa.

As part of our RedBoard series about how tablets are changing the way we live, work and play, we asked Bob Stein, Co-Director of the Institute for the Future of the Book, five questions about his tablet use and what’s next for this technology.  He sees the tablet as a device designed for consuming content.

1. How do you use your tablet?

As a consumption device. surfing the web via FlipBoard and Facebook, reading email (and writing short replies), watching video, listening to music, reading books, playing expressive games (e.g. SoundDrop, my current favorite)

2. What has surprised you most about the device?

I always expected that when “the tablet” arrived it would be a new form factor for an all purpose consumption/production device. However, with the arrival of the iPad, Apple separated consuming from creating.

3. What are your predictions for tablets in 2011?

There are going to be lots of new models and the Android-based tablets are going to begin challenging the iPad’s dominance in the market.

4. If you were sent to a desert island and could take one device, would it be a tablet or another device? Which one and why?

If there is internet connectivity I want a Macbook Air because I can use it to create as well as consume. If no internet connectivity, i would reject the iPad with it’s limited memory in favor of the Mac Powerbook with the largest hard drive so I can load it with books, music and video.

5. What’s your one must-have app?

Kindle reader for iPad

Stein will be part of a panel entitled “Tablets and the Media” at Rogers TabLife TO on December 3rd.

You can learn more about the event at We’ll have full coverage of Rogers TabLife TO here on RedBoard on December 3rd and shortly after the event.

Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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