27 November 2010 - Telstra has unveiled a touchscreen tablet that the telco giant hopes will be a major competitor to Apple's iPad in Australia.
The T-Touch Tab has an 18 centimetre touchscreen, slightly smaller than the iPad's, but unlike its rival allows users to make voice and video calls and send SMS.
"T-Touch Tab will suit Australians' appetite for quick and affordable access to information, useful apps and digital media wherever they may be," Telstra executive director consumer Rebekah O'Flaherty said in a statement.
Priced at $299, Telstra says the "affordable" wireless tablet was created with families in mind.
The offering is the latest in a series of iPad rivals slated for release, including the BlackBerry's Playbook and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, both announced in September.
Telstra's tablet uses Google's Android 2.1 operating system (its Samsung rival operates Android 2.2) giving users access to around 80,000 applications to extend the T-Touch Tab's functionality.
Users can browse, buy and download apps, games and more from Google's Android Market.
"Whether you're a green-thumb, aspiring MasterChef or perhaps an avid blogger, we believe the T-Touch Tab will be popular with time-challenged people embracing technology to keep connected with their interests," Ms O'Flaherty said.
"We think affordable mobile tablets like Telstra T-Touch Tab will be great news for the majority of hobbyists who admit they want to devote more time to their passion, but can't due to lack of time and associated costs."
Telstra said the T-Touch Tab will be available from November 2.
The T-Touch Tab launch coincides with new research from Telstra today all about Aussies and their beloved hobbies
· 3 out of 4 Aussies love their hobbies (74.58%)