Originally Posted by ghostface147
Um, the iPod was never something adopted by the enterprise market, which is what Dell is trying to get into. Consumer wise, you are correct.
I get that, the but reasons
he gives for the imminent failure of the iPad are that it's "closed, high price and proprietary" - just like the iPod. High price will definitely turn off consumers and enterprise customers alike, but that part of the statement is patently false with regards to the iPad and no one cares about the other two alleged qualities except for tech heads and bloggers.
There are two things that usually win the day in the tech world: 1) flooding the market before anyone else gets there and becoming so ubiquitous that consumers are 'stuck' in your ecosystem, even if your product is not the best out there, e.g. Microsoft Windows or 2) creating the best
end user experience e.g. iPod, iPad, Wii. Not only is the iPad absolutely wiping the floor with the "competition", it also unanimously delivers the best user experience.
Consumers, enterprise: they don't give a flying
about "open" vs. "closed" - if those terms even accurate in this case - they want a product that increases their enjoyment/satisfaction/productivity etc. And so far, Apple delivers that at a price that the competition can not yet match, let alone beat to the extent that folks will begin to accept an inferior, fragmented experience.