Apple iPad 2: It''s Almost Unfair
It’s thinner than probably anything else that’ll be released anytime soon.
It’s going to be blazing fast—and if anything else comes out this year that’s faster, is it even going to be noticeable from a consumer’s standpoint?
It has an eco-system and marketplace that’s better than anything else out there.
It comes in white and black… and even has some unique “Smart Covers” that’ll be available for it.
And here’s the kicker: it’s starts at just $499. My guess is that it’s going to be priced lower than most other iPad “competitors” out there.
From the average consumer’s standpoint (e.g. non-geek, which is most everyone), there’s really no reason to buy a different tablet over the iPad. And that was the case before the iPad 2 was announced.
I actually feel very sorry for potential competitors out there.
On the other hand, I personally think competitors have a chance with the 7-inch form factor because it’s awesome for gaming, checking email, and reading website feeds. I actually like the original Galaxy Tab a lot, but it’s way overpriced. Don’t get me wrong, it has way too many shortcomings (software-wise), but I think it has a lot of potential (or had, anyway).
So I think the Nook (priced just right) with it’s supposed upcoming update that’ll provide access to an “app store”, has a good chance of making it in the tablet market.
BUT, if Apple comes out with an iPod touch with a 6-7 inch screen (as was rumored), then I guess it’s back to the drawing board.
UPDATE: I’ll hold off anymore opinions about iPad dominance until the TouchPad and HP really start moving forward with webOS (out in the public anyway)… because it looks very promising.