Let's get a little real.
Google? No good if your not online and increasing online with a fast connection = no use at sea.
Apple ? Well traditionally it has brought out great products and then lost
. What about radar
Ultimately the main factor around the arrival of tablets is (a) they will dominate the low cost roll your own. Higher up the chain the market isn't price
at sea , better you then me
manufactures will make their MFDs better value , more dedicated features and faster, waterproof too.
Increasing tablets will be dirt cheap
pieces of consumer junk. We,all have them but they will fall to pieces every 12 months.
Tablets will undoubtably become common on board but I see no domination to the exclusion of dedicated products. They, tablets, will be used as backup, planning tools , on board information, etc.