Originally Posted by ghostface147
Don't be fooled. Android will absolutely gain market share.
For phones where carriers subsidize and give them away? Sure. For tablets where people have to actively choose? Hardly.
With so many devices coming out, people will flock to them the same they flocked to handsets.
Geeks and Apple haters will flock. Cheapskates, like with netbooks, will test the waters and quickly find them wanting. The stubborn will tough it out, suffering with an inferior user experience.
People want choice
Some geeks and those with political axes to grind consider "choice" to be important. For the vast majority of people these devices are tools. If they allow someone to do what they want without getting in the way, the device is useful.
That's what geeks, techies and technical journalists consistently miss. Normal people don't care about long checklists of features they will never use, let alone understand. Instead it's "Will this device do what I want with minimal fuss". This is the question Apple is a master at answering.
What many sneer at and try to deride as "marketing" is instead Apple paying attention to exactly what their customers wants and needs are.
and of course the people who love to heavily tinker will never get an iOS based product.
And they are such a minuscule number when compared to all the potential tablet users, I doubt Apple looses any sleep over them. At all. Sorry if your in that group - you simply don't matter to Apple. They don't need you. Indeed, I wouldn't want you if I was a business owner. This class of user can be the most costly in terms of support and the most likely to buy the absolute least amount of product from you.
A vocal minority, ultimately a tempest in a teapot.
Apple will lose ground and most likey not lead the tablet market in the very near future.
Don't bank on it. Apple has mastered it's traditional achilles heal - price parity. Not only have they mastered it, no one
has been able to match them on price. Never mind software, the App Store, the whole iTunes ecosystem, their vast and ever expanding network of Apple retail outlets... Even discounting all of that and coming back to price, why do you think there is such a push for 7" tablets? It has very little to do with the validity of 7" being a better form factor and everything to do with a dramatically cheaper screen - the most expensive part of a tablet. And even still they can't match Apple on price
Android on phones was a fluke. With the iPhone on Verizon, it will be fascinating to see the first quarter of sales for the iPhone vs. Android. Remember, even with the iPhone on Verizon people have to pay more for an iPhone vs. getting an Android phone for free, or at a discount or a buy-one-get-one free deal. And the quarter that has the iPhone 5 release? That's going to be the truly fascinating sales quarter.
Honeycomb is a joke. Google scrambled to get something, anything out the door to counter the iPad. The kerfluffle over them not releasing the source code is a symptom of this.
Steve Jobs has every right to use the word flummoxed to describe their so-called competitors.
That doesn't change the fact that the iPad will continue to offer the best experience and best ecosystem. As for me, no tablets for me.
That's fine. But for people where traditional computers held little appeal, the iPad is very compelling. My father, for example, for the first time in his life is having fun sending and receiving email, browsing the web, reading things online, following sports (even during games - never in my wildest dreams did I envision my father playing with an electronic device during a sporting event!) and heaven help me - even participating on FaceBook.
There are far more non-PC owners in the world than PC owners. And of PC owners, there are a significant portion who own PCs not because that's what they want, but until the the iOS devices they didn't really have an alternative.
They do now.
And you are seeing the response in the lines, even today, for the iPad 2.
The fact that many technical people don't get or like the iPad will matter little in halting it's success. Your not the target customer.