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Why Honeycomb Tablets Won’t Dent iPad Sales

Motorola has the Xoom, Samsung has the Galaxy Tab 2 with a 10.1″ screen and others are also coming up with a Honeycomb tablet with a super hardware backing it up. And yet I say that all of them are DOA when seen as a competition to the iPad or the upcoming iPad 2!  Google has taken its own year to build the tablet version of Android and Honeycomb does look impressive in many ways, but if only the hardware makers would make the most of it.

The Motorola Xoom is loaded with features and the cost we are hearing is $800 or even over $1000. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has a 8MP shooter doing full HD video recording (do you need that on a tablet?). But how many apps do we have on the Android Market to make use of the tablet interface? It will be a long uphill battle to catchup with the full 1 year advantage that iOS developers have had. Add to that the upcoming iPad 2 that would make the choice even tougher for the developers.


For years smartphone makers struggled to catchup with the iPhone and now its the iPad. The fact is that Steve Jobs himself gave away the reason for competition not matching upto the iPad. Its the price to a large extent. With a $800 or $1000 price tag, you cant compare with the iPad’s $499, which in all likely hood continue as the price point for iPad 2. Putting a 8MP HD shooter on the tablet might be a lesser value add than reducing $200 in price. Its an evolving market and Apple has got the right momentum at the right price. Call me a fanboy or burn me alive: this is my bet!

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  1. Maulik Ranolia

    and i back u up for this one…..honeycomb really looks like an apple on eye…but ipad is well,,,,,ipad…..
    m waiting for past 3 months for newer tablet to enter in market since rumours about ipad2 started….but xoom also making me think twice….looks like i will have to wait for 2 more months after the gadget releases to consider my option..ipad 2 or xoom or some other nerdy tech…

  2. nikki

    First point…8MP on tab would look unnecesary but 70% of people opt for that…
    second…though apple apps are far ahead of android, people opt for android because apps are best compared with ipad apps (like google goggles, barcode scanners and some misc apps)
    fourth…price…always apple is over priced
    fifth…i get 32gb android tab with wifi and 3g for 800$ and ipad wifi+3g for 720$ without a camera. so i opt for android tab
    sixth…I have used iphone and windows mobile and android. I like android very much (though games on iphone were good, gyroscope sensor and dual core processor would provide new way for good games in android in future)
    I’me not an android fan boy but 80% of my friends opted android tab. Ipad was revolutionary without a competitor during its launch. Now it has got its perfect partner…Let’s see in future. I would go for samsung tab2 if it’s price is below 800$… or else i would prefer xoom…

  3. nikki

    sorry for bad english

  4. Robert

    The iPad as we know it is already old and outdated. I don’t mean that as a slight, but rather that the market is surging ahead with fantastic innovation and a quick pace. The iPad 2 will no doubt be a great product, something worth considering, but will Apple accurately judge what’s needed to stay in the lead? We’ll probably know in the next 2 – 6 weeks.

    In my opinion, Apple is about to get steam rolled in the tablet market which will be a great thing for consumers. They will have to work harder to compete and drop some of their authoritarian stances (Flash is rumored to be on the iPad 2). In the end, Apple will settle into their own market niche, like everyone else, and that will be that.

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