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Tablet Makers Try To Beat iPad's $500 Pricetag 338

Posted by timothy
from the ok-this-time-you-can-say-value-proposition dept.
The iPad has sold extremely well at a starting price of $500 but "that kind of pricing doesn't work for many tablet vendors," says a story at CNET. And recent price drops reflect this. It's been a rough year for tablet makers, and it's not even Black Friday yet.
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Tablet Makers Try To Beat iPad's $500 Pricetag

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  • by kikito (971480) on Sunday October 09, 2011 @05:07PM (#37656330) Homepage

    There has never been an "tablet market". There is an "ipad market" now. It didn't exist when Apple initially launched the iPad, but they managed to "open the market" (clearly that legion of loyal fans had a role on that).

    The rest of the vendors don't have that critical mass of early adopters, and/or their product isn't as good (or perceived as good) as the iPad.

    The people who can afford them, pick iPads, or nothing at all. The rest of us have higher priorities than buying second-class tablets.

    • by Lifyre (960576)

      This is changing. Tablets are finding a place in business especially in places where portability has value and you don't want or need the power of a full laptop implementation.

      • Sure, they've been around a while, and we had various attempts at getting the pen-based computing market going since at least the early 90s. But they're typically tied up into an integrated vertical business model of applications, and never get the economies of scale it takes to be a mass-market product, and typically cost significantly more than a notebook computer. That's ok if you're Fedex making your drivers more efficient, but it's still really a niche market.

        On the other hand, taking an iPad or co

        • by rickb928 (945187)

          I've got a pen-based tablet. Not really worth the trouble UNLESS you have an app that takes full advantage. The pen is just not as easy to use as the finger, and having something in both your hands doesn't enhance portability.

          Now the tablets out now are clever, but the apps they show off are largely intended for tasks that don't rely on a keyboard. Lots of them, but data entry isn't one, and business apps that don't need data entry are limited.

    • I'm never sure what to make of a statement like this. Are there people outside of insane asylums who think that Apple has some sort of a lock on any market?

      • by Gizzmonic (412910)

        Well, I wouldn't know, it's been so long since we've been outside the asylum, hasn't it, Bats? WAHOOOHOOOHAHAHAH!

    • Other vendors are pushing products that are feature complete, but not design complete. You can't sell high end stuff in the same way as you sell low end stuff. For end stuff you need attention to detail and a presentation that reassures people it is not some random cheap product sold at a higher margin.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by bky1701 (979071)
        Or, they could just apply absurd levels of marketing (especially product placement) to convince everyone that the cool people use your product...
        • by amiga3D (567632)

          That can't hurt. There is a reason marketers make big bucks. Still, if you want to maintain sales you have to deliver value.

        • by chinakow (83588)

          Okay, so you(and [some of] your antecedents in this thread) admit that people want to be like other people. So I fail to see how an Apple product being popular is a bad thing in this scenario. What I see as the problem is a corporate mentality that thinks building a better widget is going to sell more than building a popular widget.

        • Or they could just release a good product so that cool people would use it on screen on their own. Apple has never done "product placement".

    • by Darinbob (1142669)

      True enough. The Apple's market has a large chunk of people who will buy anything that Apple makes, no matter what it is. The other tablet makers don't have this sort of customer base shouting "let us give you more money!" instead they tend to want to analyze the product first before buying.

    • by manekineko2 (1052430) on Sunday October 09, 2011 @08:01PM (#37657648)

      It's funny how you often see Apple fans saying this. But then when someone suggests that Apple should be regulated as a monopoly for its abusive practices surrounding its walled-garden, the fans' tunes immediately change (and I'm not addressing you in particular), and they say nooo there's a thriving ecosystem full of competition.

      Though frankly, I think that the latter might be true. A year ago, people were saying that there is no tablet market, only an iPad market, and Apple's market share was hovering around 95% in tablets. At the last keynote, Apple was trumpeting that they control 75% of the market share in tablets. Losing 20% market share in a single year is actually pretty startling.

      Now of course they had nowhere to go but down from 95%, but at 75% I think there actually is a tablet market, and not an iPad market, and any heavy-handed government regulation is probably uncalled for.

    • by chill (34294)

      Sorry, not quite. I can afford it and chose differently. My Asus T101 Transformer is a better device. I have an iPad2 at work, but I chose the Transformer when spending my own money and am happier with it than the iPad.

      The ability to drop it into the keyboard and have the USB ports, full SDHC slot and extra battery is fantastic. I can actually type when I want to type. Then I can just pull it out and take the tablet with me when I head out. That is a major plus that a BlueTooth keyboard just doesn't match.

  • I don't care if you like apple or not, is it too much to ask to keep it from becoming a personal slug-fest wit a bunch of derogatory remarks?

    How about we stick to technology, or is that too difficult for you people now?

    What the hell has happened to Slashdot?

    • by nomadic (141991)
      I've read Slashdot since year one. It has always, always been like this.
      • by nurb432 (527695)

        So have i, and i honestly have seen a sharp decline in the last year or so.

      • by ThorGod (456163)

        To some extent, internet comment systems have always been like this. There've always been those random trollers just looking for the way to disagree over anything. If you post a comment on how blue the sky is, you'll get flamed from someone who swears it's just a whig conspiracy designed to make us ignore the lead they put in our water. "They want you to think the sky's blue so that you wont pay attention to how much like lead the water tastes." No matter how poor their reasoning, someone always finds a wa

    • by gmhowell (26755)

      What the hell has happened to Slashdot?

      S^2D^2

  • I got a blackberry playbook a couple weeks back (a present, or I wouldn't have it). I have to say, I'm underwhelmed with the 3rd party applications. It could just be the playbook and maybe an Android tablet would have programs that are more mature, but I doubt it. The stuff I see on my playbook feels like throw backs to the old applications you could get for PDAs (remember those?) Yes, there's a way to do whatever you want to do on it, but you've got to 'manage expectations'...

    • by joh (27088)

      I got a blackberry playbook a couple weeks back (a present, or I wouldn't have it). I have to say, I'm underwhelmed with the 3rd party applications. It could just be the playbook and maybe an Android tablet would have programs that are more mature, but I doubt it. The stuff I see on my playbook feels like throw backs to the old applications you could get for PDAs (remember those?) Yes, there's a way to do whatever you want to do on it, but you've got to 'manage expectations'...

      You mean there're no such apps like GhostGuitar [arstechnica.com] for the PlayBook? Who would have thought that.

    • Forgive me for asking this, but why would you buy something like the Playbook when the iPad is a known good system? Are you just anti-Apple or what?

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