Apple iPad 2: It''s Almost Unfair

So…

  • 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.

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