Originally Posted by Apple ][
I'm a truly evil and sadistic person who takes great delight in the misery and suffering of others and I actually spent about 30-45 minutes last night at a few different android and xoom forums just browsing, reading and thoroughly enjoying myself. It was pure comedy gold, much better than any tv sitcom. Some of those people are truly delusional, bordering on mentally ill, with a few of them being truly psychotic.
I learned that it's not necessary for any game to have more than 25 FPS, as the human eye can't detect more than that anyway.
I also learned that the smoothness and better response of iOS is an over hyped feature since people don't coat their floors with wax and slide around on it. Hence, smoothness and having no lag is a useless feature.
I also learned that engadget, anandtech and a bunch of other sites are really paid shills for Apple and that there is a huge conspiracy taking place against Android.
I could go on, but if anybody is interested in a few laughs and LOLs, then head on over to any of those android and xoom forums and read for yourself. There's also massive infighting taking place, with a few people there recognizing reality and admitting that the iPad is superior VS those who refuse to accept that fact. If I had just spent $800 on a buggy piece of junk, I might be upset too.
All this has been interesting to watch. Before this time last year, the iPad was pretty much the worst kept secret in Silicon Valley. Everyone was expecting Apple to do something, but nobody else, save the ill-launched Joojoo dared try to beat them to market. Android has up until that time been very successful with the "fast follower" approach. But then a few things happened competitors did not expect.
First, Apple leaked probably one of its most memorable bits of disinformation...a "head fake" as you will. They leaked to reputable news outlets that they were thinking of pricing said tablet close to $999. A lot of this made sense...Apple was known for premium priced products and had outright said this was their strategy in general. I'm sure that more than a few CEOs were beginning to make launch plans in the following months with products of their own.
Then Apple dropped the final product....a sleek tablet with a funny name...and then everyone's jaw hit the floor when they said you could have one for $499. For perspective, that's less than an iPhone off contract. The "head fake" literally froze out everyone and their respective supply chains while they scrambled to figure out how to sell a product that cheaply and still make money at it. Weeks turned to months and it took late into the year for even the first credible alternative (the Samsung Galaxy Tab) to even make it to market, and that was a 7" tablet....at the same price of Apple's 10". it didn't help that Google was very late in getting a tablet version of Android out the door when they of all people should have seen this coming.
Now we're into 2011 and most of the Android tablets were finally poised to drop. Motorola, which had literally clawed its way back from oblivion riding the back of Android began previewing the Xoom. It promised to address iPad shortcomings, run faster and provide a better tablet experience. Markets and most pundits were expecting Apple to quickly cede majority share of the new market it created faster than the phone market. Motorola, combined with Google and Nvidia with the Tegra graphics platform took their BEST SHOT.
So what happened. Well...
1. Steve Jobs dropped the iPad 2 shortly thereafter and sucked all the marketing air out of the room. That was going to happen anyway. But...
2. The Xoom still came in too expensive. This after a year of trying to get something price competitive out there. Steve Jobs was almost gleeful hammering this fact home during his keynote. It's a testament to how Apple rules the supply chain these days so that it's hard for even powerhouses like Samsung to keep up...and they provide Apple will many key components!
3. The iPad 2 came in 33% thinner and 15% lighter. Some people poopoohed this but people who know industrial design basically knew that Apple had raised it's proverbial middle finger to anyone who thought they could out-engineer them in terms of hardware. Motorola is a company with decades of experience making small consumer electronics...they invented the Star*tac and the RAZR.
4. The iPad 2's graphics smoked the Nvidia-based Tegra 2. This was a big surprise....not that it was faster but that it was "another league" faster. Again, Nvidia has tons of experience in graphics and mobile graphics. But they still have lots to learn about handheld apparently.
5. Honeycomb wasn't ready. This was another surprise. I would have thought that Honeycomb would have been better baked by launch but it wasn't. You don't want want people like Walt Mossberg saying that the Xoom couldn't get through a review without crashing the whole unit multiple times. Google has no excuse outside of trying to make a launch window. If Apple had launched something that buggy, they would have been raked over the coals by everyone. Geeks and Fandroids might forgive shortcomings like that, but everyone else who buys a tablet won't. If you walk into an Apple store on a typical day, the place isn't packed with fandrois. It's crowded by ordinary folks who buy Apple stuff because it works for them enough that their geek friend doesn't have to explain it to them.
6. Flash wasn't ready. Really, Adobe? It's been, you know, 4 years now.
What's happened is that Apple is learning from it's mistakes that allowed Android to poach market share away from them in the phone space. Apple is moving faster to market and locking up key supply chain products early before anyone can get their hands on them. Everyone knows displays will be next. If they can lock up that space for an extended period of time, then they will own the lion's share of this space for some time to come.
2011 should be fun to watch. We still don't know how Apple acquisitions of outfits like P.A. Semi and others will differentiate the playing field. Apple doesn't talk about this stuff alot, but I'd be curious to find out how different the A5 is from other Cortex-A9 designs.