Are Android Tablets a Failure?

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creek

Although iPad with iOS has a more stable and slick experience with a more available apps(iFunia did a great jobs about free apps in iTunes), geeks and tinkerers will enjoy some of the freedom to Android offers, and more apps creators choose Android. Taking the viable Android talbet, Galaxy tab as an example, vendors beside Apple also have the ability to explore the potential functionality of tablet, such as the video conferencing function with the help of Ploycom in Galaxy tab.

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creek

Although iPad with iOS has a more stable and slick experience with a more available apps(http://www.ifunia.com/ipad-column/top-10-best-free-ipad-apps.html), geeks and tinkerers will enjoy some of the freedom to Android offers, and more apps creators choose Android. Taking the viable Android talbet, Galaxy tab as an example, vendors beside Apple also have the ability to explore the potential functionality of tablet, such as the video conferencing function with the help of Ploycom in Galaxy tab.

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Hiddukel

Definately a propaganda piece by ZDNet here. iPad has been out for a while now. And being the first tablet on the market, allowed them to gain significant sales right out the gate. Samsung is following up with a competitive product.. it's only natural that they weren't going to get sales beyond Apple right away... it'll take time, as it would for any other tablet running any other OS out there. The Android OS is already taking on more new customers than Apple's iOS, and being open source, which allows for a greater and more broader spectrum of programmers and respective "apps", the Android OS will eventually push apple to the "back of the bus". Google was brilliant in taking their OS down the Open Source path, instead of acting like Steve Jobs and keeping their software under lock and key and force amateur developers to develop apps under restrictive guidelines and boundries. Likewise, being able to take part in helping along with the enhancement of the OS itself like Google does, only helps draw in a greater number of developers out there to advance their OS are a greater pace. I have to say... my first smart phone was a Droid.. and I (as of now) plan to never stray from the path.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Cognoscenti? Who the **** calls themselves that?

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dread_ire

Android tablets have a real chance to give Apple a run for their money.  But when a 7" open sourced tablet goes head to head with a 10" iPad at the same price, it doesn't make a lot of sense.  Sure the Galaxy has expandable memory and a camera, but at the end of the day you're paying the same money for a smaller screen.  Also with netbooks coming in at $399 loaded with Windows, why is the Galaxy tab almost twice that.  I would personally love a 7ish" tablet, but at like $299-$349.  Price them to sell and they'll sell.

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darthkab

I never listen to anyone's opinion regarding the survival of any technology.  The only true way for it to pan out as either successful or as a failure is to let the consumers speak.  I would not even judge by this holiday's sales either as the tech is too young yet and there really is no competition other than Archos and Samsung. Archo's early bids leave very little to be desired.  They need some more simmering in the way of support for newer Android (newer than 2.0) and Samsung?  Their first foray forces you to buy data plans in the same manner as smartphones?!?  Not very smart, Samsung.  I want a tablet that I can purchase not only cheap, but also works on any wireless network of my choosing, wi-fi, 3G, 4G, whatever and also has support options for upgrades to newer versions of Android.  C'mon!  With the technology we have at our disposal, there's no doubt this can be done.  Competitors need to get off their duffs and start using common sense or simply sit back and watch Apple walk all over everyone else!

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Hiddukel

Samsung doesn't control your connection settings, although whether or not it can handle 3G or 4G, is.  However, it's completely up to your phone carrier, not Samsung, as to what you get.  If you go with Sprint.. you get unlimited web (unlike all other carriers that went to a bandwidth cap), and you can hook to wireless or 3G using the tablet... the choice to switch between wireless and 3G is up to you.. those settings are located in your "Settings" folder on the Droid OS.  Also, Droid is an Operating System (mobile technology) and already has a built in function to update your Firmware and Droid version.  I have a Samsung Moment and already upgraded my Droid OS.  Next to HTC, I'd personally vouch for Samsung.

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fellowleo

I played with both an iPad and a 7" Archos Tablet at Best Buy. iPad wins hands down. The Archos GUI literally sputtered along and it was not as intuitive as the iPad. I did not impressed me. Now granted that after playing with an iPad, my wrist hurt and the lack of multi-tasking made the iPad a fail for me, so far I have not seen a viable Android Tablet.

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RtDK

Other than the Kindle I received about a year back, I haven't had much chance to play with any other tablets. Any mobile store I ask doesn't seem to carry them. I managed to watch a couple rather clueless-looking people playing with the iPad too, but that's the extent of my experience. I'd like to fiddle around with one of these tablets before I go passing judgment. They seem pretty cool, at least for what they are. Still, I wouldn't count on them to do any more than light entertainment.

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Ashton2091

They haven't had a real chance yet. I mean, where is the mass advertisements? I haven't seen any. No wonder why they are tanking. Only the tech community knows about them. If they want these tablets to succeed, they are going to have to pour some mad dollars into some serious advertisements. I see iPad adverts every 15 mins. If they do really fail...advertisement will be one of the reasons.

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Ashton2091

I mean, sure it has it's issues and carriers do tend to load a lot of bloatware, but I agree with another commenter, "2.2 is not made for tablets". Even still to even suggest Android is a failure is silly. I mean, consumers def love Android. Look at the smartphone numbers. It's not a failure...it's just not being marketed correctly.

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stradric

Considering Android 2.2 was never designed for tablets, it's not really fair to declare the entire Android tablet market dead before it even gets off the ground.  It's probably a bad idea for tablet-makers to release a tablet based on 2.2, but they all want to rush them out for the holiday season.

Apple definitely has a leg up on the competition, but I think there are a lot of people out there that don't want to buy an Apple product and don't want to lock themselves into Apple's closed system.

I personally think the Notion Ink Adam is cool, but I don't really see a big need for a tablet anyway.  I'm happy with my smart phone and a laptop.  I can wait.  

One thing's for sure, Android is not dead.  I'm pretty sick of these blatantly sensationalist headlines.

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aviaggio

It's like saying the Android phone is dead a week before the Nexus One was released. O rly? How'd that turn out?

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reutnes

They're a failure so far, anyways.  It's just a matter of the hardware makers not making something that's up to snuff, which I don't understand.  There's like a gajillion tech blogs out there and manufacturers can't figure out what people want?  Android tablets are still kind of a new thing in business terms.. they'll make a comeback.  Don't be another techcrunch and declare all the popular platforms to be dead.  "Is Linux dead?" "Are consoles dead?"  "Is apple dead?"  "Is microsoft dead?"  "Is facebook dead?"  It just never stops.

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Peanut Fox

Considering that in it's current state Android isn't designed for tablets, is it really a surprise companies releasing them without any sort of UI overlay, or useful mobile applications aren't making a killer product?  Of the ones I have seen, the Notion Ink looks to be the most forward thinking.  The rest just look like Android on a 8 to 10 inch screen.  Just like to point out that naked, Android is not pretty.

I don't think Tabladroid is dead.  Not yet at least.  However, it does need some UI and application specialization if Google wants Android to compete in that market.

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aviaggio

When did ZDNet become an Apple mouthpiece? It's ridiculous they can claim an entire platform is dead before it's even gotten off the ground.

For all intents and purposes there is exactly ONE viable Android tablet on the market, and it's ridiculously overpriced and saddled by an OS that's not designed for it.

Before you proclaim something dead you might want to wait for it to be alive at some point.

Biased much ZDNet?

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thunderclap82

When did anyone take ZDNet seriously?  :)

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MeTo

I guess i am glad i have not been able to find the 10" model i was looking for. I guess iwill wait for Android 3.0? or 3.1. It's sad you have to wait for updates on android just like windows.

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Hiddukel

Agreed.... Apple's OS requires you to wait for updates too.. just like the Droid and Windows mobile OS... so I guess your sad for everyone?  Including yourself?

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stradric

It's sad you have to wait for updates on android just like windows.

All operating systems receive updates.  Not just windows and android...  Also, iOS was updated for the iPad, so I have no idea what you're getting at with that strange comment.

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