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Posted by Sarah Rotman Epps on April 28, 2010
In the weeks since the iPad launch, there’s been a spate of rumors, “leaks,” and PR pushes around would-be competitors to the Apple iPad. By the end of the year, consumers will be able to choose from an array of multimedia touchscreen tablets including tablets that:
But there’s no guarantee that consumers will flock to any of these devices the way they flock to the iPad. Why? Two reasons. The iPad has:
What it means: Product strategists in the Windows ecosystem have been trying to make tablets succeed since 1992. It will take more than slapping an existing OS into a tablet form factor to make a successful device. For tablets to be a viable market beyond the iPad, they can’t just be netbooks without keyboards. Apple’s competitors must provide a differentiated experience that fits the form factor -- or Apple will have NO competitors in the tablet market.
UPDATE 4/29: Post Palm acquisition, could HP make a stronger play with tablets based on Palm's Web OS? Ars Technica does a great analysis of how this could work.