Competitors Make It Easy On Apple - Maybe Through 2013 or More
This was suppose to be the year that competitors put a stop to the iPad assault on the tablet. Rather than anything that has taken the consumers by storm, the Xoom and Playbook are filled with reviews about the great potentials these tablet platforms possess. Howeer, in the wrap-up sections, it's all been "when the updates come...".
I'm sure Apple's first mover position has advantages but it can't be all that. Forget about the lack of lines at Best Buy or anywhere else in Canada where RIM has home-court advantage, what's disconcerting is that the executives at these companies are clueless or in denial.
I'm generally upbeat about things but for the rest of 2011, I'm not about the tablet market.
Here's one platform I'm holding out for that I think can still give Apple some competition. HP's Web OS Touchpad. As long as they don't rush it out like Google and RIM did with theirs, they ought to have some awesome features that can light a fire on the tablet market.
Apple will announce their earnings today and I do not anticipate great numbers for the iPad sales because of the issues of parts constraints. I think this is an opportunity for Apple's competitors to reboot of sort.
For Apple fans, let's be honest. Competition would be good for us. If not for the rushed jobs from Google, the Xoom should have a lot more compelling (100K rumored to have been sold isn't a bad number...just don't compare it to the iPad).