Jim Balsillie former blackberry RIM ceo holding a blackberry tabletJim Balsillie – Former CEO of RIM holding a Blackberry tablet during a press conference

Ever since the iPad was released, lots of companies stepped in to prove their mettle. And why wouldn’t they? Everyone wanted to have a piece of the action. Every corporate sector wanted to develop a tablet that’d leave the iPad behind, but alas. None of the rival products have been so brilliantly admired and hailed as the iPad.

On top of that, do you remember when Steve Jobs said that RIM’s tablet is a “dead on arrival” product? Oh boy, you should’ve seen RIM’ CEO: Jim Balsillie’s face. He repeatedly highlighted his company’s tablet on several occasions, and said that it’s a product that’s meant to last for a long time. However, evidence suggests quite the opposite of everything; the iPad is still way ahead of its rival products. (I’m talking in terms of voting and popularity.)

The existing model of tablets may be something new and small to your eyes. But if you’re willing to connect the dots by looking back, you’ll see that Microsoft made a prediction in 2001. It said that after 9 or 10 years, people will be walking around with handheld computer. Of course, the company was talking in the context of promoting and foreseeing its own popularity, but things didn’t turn out as expected.

Mouse input was reduced to a Stylus, which was later shortened to a human finger. Prior to the iPad’s release, when Apple released the iPhone, Nokia’s Executives literally smirked at the idea of this “absurd” product. I guess the joke’s on Nokia now, because it’s headed for a bumpy ride in near future.

Skip to 2011 and Google is about to release the Honeycomb. The interesting thing about this OS is that it was made to suit the tablets on first hand basis. The expectations and the stakes are high altogether. It is time for millions of people to stay tuned for a phenomenal change in the tablet market from Android OS perspective.

Meanwhile, Apple is about to release the iPad 2. 2011 is going to be an interesting years for the customers. There will be battles, elimination rounds and a severe sense of competition among these major tablet companies.