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The iPad Is Unbeatable: Why Apple’s tablet competitors don’t stand a chance—and maybe never will
Slate ^ | March 8, 2012 | Farhad Manjoo

Posted on 03/12/2012 5:30:39 PM PDT by PJ-Comix

Imagine you run a large technology company not named Apple. Let’s say you’re Steve Ballmer, Michael Dell, Meg Whitman, Larry Page, or Intel’s Paul Otellini. How are you feeling today, a day after Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the new iPad? Are you discounting the device as just an incremental improvement, the same shiny tablet with a better screen and faster cellular access? Or is it possible you had trouble sleeping last night? Did you toss and turn, worrying that Apple’s new device represents a potential knockout punch, a move that will cement its place as the undisputed leader of the biggest, most disruptive new tech market since the advent of the Web browser? Maybe your last few hours have been even worse than that. Perhaps you’re now paralyzed with confusion, fearful that you might be completely boxed in by the iPad—that there seems no good way to beat it.

For your sake, my hypothetical CEO friend, I hope you’re frightened.

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If the iPad becomes the future of computing, the fortunes of Microsoft, Intel, Dell, and to some extent Hewlett-Packard will begin to plummet. Meanwhile Google, which makes all its money through ads, will find itself reaching its customers through a device made by a hostile rival. As I said: Be very afraid.

Are things really this bleak for Apple competitors?

1 posted on 03/12/2012 5:30:49 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

lol...hardly.


2 posted on 03/12/2012 5:38:33 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: PJ-Comix

I don’t think so. Apple brought out the Iphone and, it took a while, but now there are many phones like Iphones.

In all markets, there has always been a breakout product that nobody can touch, but eventually all the competitors always catches up.

So, assuming that others don’t quit the market, they will eventually catch up.

Especially now that Apple doesn’t have the advantage of Steve Jobs.


3 posted on 03/12/2012 5:41:44 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: PJ-Comix

There’s always room for someone to make a product that’s a little worse and cheaper.

But there will be a lot of folks competing for that space.


4 posted on 03/12/2012 5:42:32 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Anyone can build a tablet. Apple just has the prettiest display at the moment.

btw, the iPhone is going down hard in about 6-8 months. You’ll see. When windows 8 and windows phones are up to full speed there will be nothing to stand in Microsoft’s way.


5 posted on 03/12/2012 5:43:00 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Psycho_Bunny

I still want to score a FREE iPad2 via coupons. It’s not easy but it CAN be done. Plus I want bragging right for accomplishing it.


6 posted on 03/12/2012 5:44:49 PM PDT by PJ-Comix ("How To Overcome Writer's Block In Less Than An Hour" ---Available at Amazon)
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To: PJ-Comix

Simple answer is no. This death of the PC talk is foolish...tablets are horrible for productivity. I have the original Asus Transformer with the keyboard attachment...it is in no way a replacement for my desktop/laptop experience.

I for one prefer non-Apple products because I like to “tinker” and “modify”. Apple’s closed systems don’t give me the flexibility I like in this area. Apple makes a fine product. I’ve got nothing against them or the iPad. But some Apple fans need to put down the Kool-Aid...


7 posted on 03/12/2012 5:45:52 PM PDT by The Unknown Republican
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To: PJ-Comix

I’d rather have an Asus Transformer Prime.


8 posted on 03/12/2012 5:47:08 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: The Unknown Republican

That’s because a tablet isn’t really meant to be optimized for productivity. It’s a multimedia device. That’s its niche.

With a tablet, I can make use of media wherever I go. It definitely beats a laptop in that respect.


9 posted on 03/12/2012 5:52:19 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: PJ-Comix

If windows 8 flops then yes they are in trouble. If it’s a hit then no.


10 posted on 03/12/2012 5:59:34 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: PJ-Comix

Bought a Blackberry Playbook for my wife. A professional tablet with security. New operating system came out a week later. WOW.

What a great tablet.

Flash works with the browser. HD quality video. Android apps are now coming into the app store.

Built like a tank — don’t ask how I know.

If you own a Blackberry phone, the combination is terrific.

However, if you job requires more graphic capability, such as medical imaging, then the iPad2 is a better choice. Bigger screen.

Just my 2 cents worth.


11 posted on 03/12/2012 6:00:48 PM PDT by allen08gop (Insert appropriate picture here...)
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To: Jonty30
You will use up your plan in 10 minutes. It will not work in Norway or Great Britain which is not a problem for the rest of us. ATT is still mostly G3 and the pad will perform as a two. That said they have provided the competition with a standard and a window to bring their product on line.
12 posted on 03/12/2012 6:03:07 PM PDT by Domangart
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To: PJ-Comix
See Google make an ad for Apple: Search Quality Meeting: Spelling for Long Queries. Google is pwned.

See any ChromeBooks?

13 posted on 03/12/2012 6:07:07 PM PDT by AZLiberty (Reading Righteous Indignation so I can be Andrew Breitbart)
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To: PJ-Comix

It iPod scenario is much closer than that of the iPhone. There is simply no competitor to the iPad especially with the new screen and 4G. Technology is only part of the equation. Ease of use, predictability, application options, compatibility, and yes battery life are essential elements of the iPads success.

Flew today from Atlanta to Minneapolis and there were only two Kindles in ten rows, twenty-iPads and any other device being used were smartphones, a few, and PC’s or Macs.

I have been tracking use since Christmas both as an indicator of direction and interest. I talk with older passengers who have never liked technology and almost all love the iPad.

Windows 8 has great potential but it may be too late once it arrives. Too many corporate buyers have settled on the iPad and the companies have developed custom apps.

Technology centric people will like Android devices but those who want to get work done will buy iPads.


14 posted on 03/12/2012 6:14:50 PM PDT by georgiarat (Obama, providing incompetence since Day One!!)
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To: AZLiberty

That is pretty funny. Wall to wall aluminum MacBooks. Actually, it is much the same in any tech meeting in our office. Everyone arrives with a MacBook or iPad. The exec types seem to gravitate toward the iPad; being the hi-tech replacement for the old paper scheduling books or, as we called them, “nerd books”.


15 posted on 03/12/2012 6:19:45 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: georgiarat

Those that want to get work done will be doing it on a PC or Laptop while other people flaunt their toys that they think make them look like technophiles.


16 posted on 03/12/2012 6:25:15 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: georgiarat

It is do or die for Microsoft. If they are willing to take it on the chin for the next 5 years, and not give up, I think they’ll be fine.

But, if they do fail, they will slowly be forced out of the consumer market.


17 posted on 03/12/2012 6:27:40 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30
I don’t think so. Apple brought out the Iphone and, it took a while, but now there are many phones like Iphones.

The article argues otherwise. Apple's iPod still owns 78% of the music player market. Sure, the iPhone 4S was a disappointment compared screen-wise to the Galaxy Nexus, but Apple will catch up and blow by them on the next iteration.

In the long run, however, the picture may not be so bright: Paul Graham believes Apple is toast without Steve Jobs. It's highly unlikely that Apple will not succumb to the "big company" disease.

18 posted on 03/12/2012 6:46:59 PM PDT by AZLiberty (Reading Righteous Indignation so I can be Andrew Breitbart)
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To: mamelukesabre

“btw, the iPhone is going down hard in about 6-8 months. You’ll see. When windows 8 and windows phones are up to full speed there will be nothing to stand in Microsoft’s way.”

“I’d like whatever she’s drinking...”


19 posted on 03/12/2012 6:50:37 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldnÂ’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: for-q-clinton
If windows 8 flops then yes they are in trouble. If it’s a hit then no.

If Microsoft proceeds with it as it is envisioned now (Frankenstein mashup of desktop and Metro UIs), it will indeed fail. Visit their blog sites and read the comments - 90% against. Windows 8 with Metro will suck bigger than Vista. We are talking wholesale rejection of the upgrade.
20 posted on 03/12/2012 6:51:52 PM PDT by Tzfat
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To: PJ-Comix

Not mentioned so far is that AAPL owns the supply chain. Competitors need to have access to the same parts in the same quanities, but they cannot buy what is already sold to AAPL.

Catalogue makers want high-res displays for their products - only the new iPad offers resoultions equalling high end print, medical professionals have already snapped up quanities of iPad 2s but the new iPad will make their 10K desktop an antique. Would you rather a doctor looks at your x-rays on an android, ansus or on some crappy 4bit tablet display?

A million more pixels than an HD TV is saying something.

Then there is the USAF buying 18,000 of them.

One must keep in mind all those vaunted competitors are up against the largest compay in history.

And that compay makes its own hardware while the competitors buy off-the-shelf componets - meaning it just a question of who connects which part to another in which order - they are all the same thing, with only the OS and other software to distinguish them freom each other.

I think the competitors were so busy making cheap stuff that when the iPad showed up, they were fast asleep and only now are trying to rose themselves only to find they have been Left Behind :)


21 posted on 03/12/2012 6:57:43 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: AZLiberty

Apple will still be a very capable company without Steve Jobs. It’s just a reality that without him, Apple just won’t have the same street cred.

That’s the problem Android has had. Android is a very capable operating system, but there’s nobody who could speak for it like Steve Jobs was able to speak for the Iphone and Ipad.


22 posted on 03/12/2012 7:00:12 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: mamelukesabre
You’ll see. When windows 8 and windows phones are up to full speed there will be nothing to stand in Microsoft’s way.

That's what they were saying about Windows Phone 7, flop.

23 posted on 03/12/2012 7:10:05 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: AZLiberty
Sure, the iPhone 4S was a disappointment compared screen-wise to the Galaxy Nexus, but Apple will catch up and blow by them on the next iteration.

You mean the Nexus that has a screen far too big to be usable as a phone? Apple is doing the right thing by not following the current trend of bigger and bigger screens on "phones." By the mid 90s cell phones could easily fit in pockets. Why are these manufacturers going backwards?

24 posted on 03/12/2012 7:13:48 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: georgiarat
Funny, I have seen the opposite. More companies moving away from the Ipad to some other device (more often a net book or small lap top). But I am in engineering, so that is a different market.
25 posted on 03/12/2012 7:14:46 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

For myself at least, 4 inches is about how big a phone should be.

If it gets bigger, it’s not has holdable. If it’s smaller, even if you have incredible resolution, details can be lost when watching a video or looking at a picture.

I think 4 inches is the sweet spot for phones. I think 10 inches is the sweet spot for tablets, though I can appreciate some body with artistic aspirations like the new 13 inch tablets that are available.


26 posted on 03/12/2012 7:18:00 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: 6SJ7; AZLiberty

Google:   Google bans Microsoft Windows

:)


27 posted on 03/12/2012 7:19:12 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

I’ve seen charts that show that Windows has out sold Android, if you take into account that the new Windows phone has only been out for a short time.

I’m not saying that Windows will become a big factor or anything, but it can only be considered a flop, if you thought that Android was also a flop in its beginning.


28 posted on 03/12/2012 7:20:49 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Tzfat

The “Zune” of the tablet world?


29 posted on 03/12/2012 7:28:43 PM PDT by I-ambush (Don't let it bring you down, it's only castles burning.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Main selling points:

1) It’s heavier now.
2) “Made in China”.

I sure want to spend a lot of money on one.

/s


30 posted on 03/12/2012 7:30:58 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: PJ-Comix

I have an iPad and love this freaking thing. It’s worth triple what it costs.


31 posted on 03/12/2012 7:31:58 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Jonty30
For myself at least, 4 inches is about how big a phone should be.

My wife has a 4" phone, and that's pushing it. I really liked the new RAZR, but the screen size is what killed any possibility of me buying it. BTW, the iPhone has more pixels than the RAZR at 4.3".

32 posted on 03/12/2012 7:40:12 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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but it can only be considered a flop, if you thought that Android was also a flop in its beginning.

Both were. All anyone was saying about both was basically "Don't worry, the next version will be worth buying." Even Google says Android pretty much sucked until version 4.

33 posted on 03/12/2012 7:49:51 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: PJ-Comix

Yes! The Apple Lisa will cream Windows 3.2, and Apple will take over the consumer PC market! They will own WYSIWYG!

Oh, wait... did I skip a few years...? ;)


34 posted on 03/12/2012 7:59:21 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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The Samsung galaxy III is supposed to be better than 1080p.

At 1080, most can’t see individual pixelation.

so if you’re into Android, that’s probably the phone a person wants.


35 posted on 03/12/2012 8:09:36 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Tzfat

Read the reviews from the industry and you’ll see they love it and think it’s the one thing that can beat iPad.

If we went by the blog community then Ron Paul would be winning the primary.


36 posted on 03/12/2012 8:16:10 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: mamelukesabre
LOL...right. Any day now MS is going to dominate the phone landscape. You'll be old and gray before that ever happens. Remember all these smash hits?
  1. PocketPC 2000
  2. Windows CE
  3. Pocket PC 2002
  4. Windows Mobile 2003
  5. Windows Mobile 2003 SE
  6. Windows Mobile 5
  7. Windows Mobile 6
  8. Windows Mobile 6.1
  9. Windows Mobile 6.5

And that doesn't even include all the Windows Mobile Professional, Windows Mobile Standard and Windows Mobile Classic flavors which all bombed.

Their cumulative sales probably don't even equal a single year's sales of iPhone.

37 posted on 03/12/2012 8:16:48 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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>> “For myself at least, 4 inches is about how big a phone should be.” <<

.
I use my phone for talking on, not looking at pictures. I don’t even know where I’d hide that 4” brick, my shirt pocket is only 3 1/4” wide. My flip phone is 1.9” wide, and 4.3” long, and has real keys so I can punch in the rght number the first time, every time.


38 posted on 03/12/2012 8:18:53 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Here’s why you have no clue...

Nokia windows phones are making a big hit in the world’s largest smart phone market. CHINA. iphone is toast.


39 posted on 03/12/2012 8:20:24 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: PJ-Comix

I seriously doubt that I’ll ever own an Apple anything.


40 posted on 03/12/2012 8:21:59 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: mamelukesabre

“Nokia” didn’t they make phones at one time?


41 posted on 03/12/2012 8:23:23 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: PJ-Comix

Just remember, The Early Bird may get the worm, but the Second Mouse gets the cheese.


42 posted on 03/12/2012 8:24:59 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: 6SJ7

Nerd books never erase themselves.


43 posted on 03/12/2012 8:28:19 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: PJ-Comix
It amazes me the amount of people who absolutely hate Apple who have never once purchased an Apple product.

I used to think it was about technology. But recently, it seems to be more about some sort of religion and the heretics must be suppressed.

Personally, I'm an agnostic. I don't have a Mac or an I-phone... but maybe I will jump to that soon --- just to be a heretic. :~)).

44 posted on 03/12/2012 8:32:41 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: editor-surveyor

I personally don’t like the onscreen keyboard. I like to feel my keys. I think feeling my keys helps me type more efficiently, because I sort of know where everything is by feel.


45 posted on 03/12/2012 8:37:09 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: redgolum

That’s the way the free market works. A producer creates something revolutionary, so he starts out owning all of the market, but as competitors start to catch up, the start owning their share of the market.

Apple will not stay at 80 percent of the tablet market. They obviously won’t disappear, but they will probably eventually settle to whatever level their computers sell in the general computer market.


46 posted on 03/12/2012 8:44:07 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: 6SJ7

Every lawyer I know uses iPads. Basically, they are for scheduling and reading PDFs.

The funny thing is that younger folks are using iPads as notebooks with bluetooth keyboards. They use Pages and email themselves Word-compatible documents. I work with a 23 year old and she is constantly on her iPad, switching between Twitter, Facebook and Pages.


47 posted on 03/12/2012 8:44:40 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Domangart

That’s the sucky thing about cellphone plans. I have a 6 gig plan for my cell phone and I’m always hitting about 8 gigs.


48 posted on 03/12/2012 8:46:04 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Android and guess who owns it.


49 posted on 03/12/2012 8:50:24 PM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (Kindness will conquer evil)
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To: for-q-clinton
> If windows 8 flops then yes they are in trouble. If it’s a hit then no.

Very well and succinctly put.

The tablet market is plenty big enough for many players, if they have products people desire and can use productively. Right now, as someone pointed out a few months ago, there is no "tablet market", there is an "iPad market", consisting of the Apple iPad and a bunch of iPad wannabes. But that will change as the non-Apple tablets figure out what they are.

I doubt that Win8 will overcome Apple's leadership position, but if it does well enough, it will keep the other players alive to compete. And there's nothing wrong with competing successfully while not becoming Number One.

50 posted on 03/12/2012 8:58:24 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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