It’s iPad 2 launch day, so there’s a lot of really derpy analysis floating around about how the iPad will dominate tablets, etc.
Makes sense, right?
One exception was this brief from Forrester, citing Amazon as Apple’s only real competition. Maybe I liked it because it makes a similar point to my own about the failure of retail channels to market the Xoom. That, and there’s actually some analysis and complex thought evident.
Aside from a dedicated and established channel, i.e. one that doesn’t also sell the competition’s tablets, Amazon brings more than a decade of trust and possibly more actual credit card accounts than iTunes to the table.
Plus, they’re already making and selling a successful tablet, i.e. Kindle, and bonus, they’re soon to launch a branded Android app store, which would go a long way toward calming fears about the Android Market’s recent, erm, hiccups.
Until recently, iPad has had very little competition, but there’s demand for tablets and eReaders out there. My modest survey says that 43% of you are in the market for one and looking to buy.
So, riddle me this:
- Now that iPad 2 is out and given the competition, will you buy a tablet or wait and if so, which one wins?
- Would you even consider anything other than iPad, and if so, why not?
- What’s the killer feature you want to get from a tablet?
- Do you think your work could be done from a tablet, and if so, will IT move that way?
I’m not buying the Andrdoid-has-no-apps or the iPad-is-cheaper arguments. Why not? Android apps look fine in large format whereas iPhone apps do not, and after you factor in an apples-apples comparison and add the $30-100 you’ll spend on HD iPad apps out of the gate, there’s very little price difference.
Interested to hear your answers, find the comments.