iSuppli: All Hail the iPad, Supreme Tablet Leader Through 2012

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squarebab

They can call it the gSpot.

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aviaggio

Would be a great competitor to the maxiPad.

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squarebab

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squarebab

I just made that name up. But, still...I hope Google markets the hell out of the gPad.  

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Keith E. Whisman

Paul Lilly, can always be counted on to bring unwanted Apple news. Paul, we only want to hear news if Apple files bancruptcy, or when Stephen Jobs dies. Until then please, no more Mac.

 

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aviaggio

Yeah, I don't see this happening, sorry iSuppli. Go drink some more Apple Kool-Aid. Once there is actual competition in the market the iPad is going to be quickly overshadowed and forgotten.

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pipboy3k

The only way they can beat it is to outdo Apple in terms of marketing. Thats the only reason Android is beginning to lay waste to iPhone's past dominance. That is to say Android is well marketed against Apple's TV ads. That and they're flooding the market with buy-one-get-ones. Think about if they gave away a free iPhone with every purchase of an iPhone and 2 year contract. Might be a difference story.

However, the problem with the tons of "slates" going around the rumor mill is just that...they're mostly rumors and vaporware like the MS Courier...which honestly could have been the one thing to decimate the iPad, but it just isn't gonna happen. At least not right now. The HP Slate running Win7 that Steve Ballmer was creaming his khakis over...not gonna happen. A WebOS version might happen, but we don't know what WebOS is like scaled up. We at least know that Android and iOS can be scaled up easily enough. I'm not entirely convinced, though, that Win7 can be scaled down beyond a netbook and be useful. Anyway, if these companies can out-advertise Apple and provide an actual product with enough supply to fill demand...they can probably steamroll Apple into submission. 

Apple is basically a marketing company that makes and sells hardware and software. A lot of Apple haters (I fit between the two camps before anyone labels me a fanboy) seem to think that the next iDevice killer will off Apple, but it never seems to happen. This is mostly because the only people who ever find out about these great devices (and yes, many of them are definitely far more technologically advanced than any iPhone) are the people who follow the tech media and not the average consumer who greatly outnumbers the average techie. Thats why Apple hyped up and advertised the hell out of the iPhone so when it debuted, it sold millions within the first week and the Palm Pre debuted to a lot of Internet hype and sold maybe the same amount in one month if it was lucky. Nobody but techies really knew about it at first and by the time Average Consumer Extraordinaire Joe Shmo knew anything about it, it was too late. The Palm Pre is sadly largely forgotten and overshadowed. This is what Apple's competition has to avoid. Stop hyping everything up on the net and actually dump some real money into TV and print ads and give Apple a real run for its money.

Besides, one other reason Apple will probably dominate is that they usually suck up all the demand for parts early on, thus leaving everyone else to scrounge. Kind of unfair, but then I guess you could say it's survival of the fittest. 

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MrHorspwer

"Once there is actual competition in the market..."

Wasn't that Microsoft's reasoning for the continued try and fail of the Zune and Zune HD?

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pipboy3k

I'm glad someone here can admit that the Zune/Zune HD is a failure. A lot of people on this site hyped it up (hell the entire Interwebs hyped the HD up)...and sadly nobody is buying them. Why? Probably marketing. The Zune is kind of like Apple's Apple TV...its largely a hobby product that hasn't been positioned properly to compete against the market leader(s). 

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