Published October 25, 2010
apple , gadgets , HP , mobile , technology
Tags: galaxy, ipad, samsung, slate, Tab, tablet
The success of the Apple iPad had competitors jumping into the market like hotcakes. All boasting more features, better product, and more but what it really comes down to is dollars. While all the bells and whistles may make non-Apple products attractive the pricing just isn’t right.
Pricing has always been a competitive advantage of Windows based pc’s over Apple computers. Unfortunately the numbers have not translated when it comes to tablet computing. The latest HP Slate is predicted to be priced at $799 and aimed at corporate America. That’s not even close to the same price region as the iPad. Why would I spend more on a tablet device? The features are just not compelling enough.
The next offering is the Samsung Galaxy Tab. At $499 the price is just right but hold on, it’s only a 7″ device while the iPad is 9.7″ While Samsung has a better chance at cutting into Apple’s pie it’s not a slam dunk by any means. If it was a $100 cheaper you’d see a lot more conversions.
In the grand scheme of things tablet computing is a small percentage of overall computing sales. The decision consumers have to make is whether features or pricing matters. With the prevailing economic situation it won’t be hard to see what consumers will choose.
With little fanfare iPads are launching in several countries starting tomorrow. For many Canadians there’s no rush to get one. The early adopters already own one after driving across the border or purchasing one from the grey market. Best Buy, Futureshop, and Apple stores expect to stock limited quantities of all 6 versions, however if you’re hoping to get one be advised that the entry level model ($549, 16 GB, wifi, non 3G) will probably sell out. At best you’ll have to drive to more than one store to get your hands on one if you don’t plan on lining up overnight.
I’m projecting the sales of the 3G version will be quite limp given the pathetic data plans offered by Rogers and Bell. $15 for 250 MB? Really? I suspect even the dumbest rich bastards won’t fall victim to that scam. Maybe if it came in a distinct color to denote that it was indeed the expensive version or at least some other markings to let everyone else know that you have a superior status symbol. Perhaps it would be a good idea for next year’s version, hmm?
For the poor folk look to the cheap electronics market of Shenzhen China where knock offs and bootlegs are plentiful. For a mere $100 you can own a 7″ ipad clone or if you want something with a little more power, $400 gets you a 10″ model with Windows 7. There’s always going to be a cheaper alternative to those who are willing to wait on technology.
Price plans, limited stock, or simply a poor choice to waste your money. Any way you look at it iPad sales will be lower than expected. While we are close to our neighbors to the south, Canadians are not blindly following sheep like our American cousins. Ipod yes. Iphone yes. Ipad no.
Published May 10, 2010
apple , gadgets , iPad , mobile , news , technology
Tags: 3g, canada, ipad, pricing, rogers
Apple’s set to strengthen their grip on Canadians with the release of the iPad on May 28th. For just a few dollars (or a kidney) you can own this magical device that even grandma can use. Touchscreen (no usb), WiFi (no memory expansion), access to thousands of apps (only thru iTunes), 10 hours of battery life (battery not replaceable), and the envy of everyone else at the coffee shop (jerk).
Another bit of news is that Rogers Wireless has released pricing info for the 3G version as well.
$15 gets you 250MB
$35 for 5GB
or piggyback off of your existing cell phone plan for $20
Just you get an idea of what pricing for the actual iPad 3G looks like … $779 for the 32GB version. $549 for the 16GB non 3G version. Ah, the price of becoming a member of the
Scientology Apple brotherhood.
If you’re still on the fence perhaps some expert reviews may help you decide.
Published April 26, 2010
apple , gadgets , iPad , technology
Tags: apad, china, clone, ipad
Supposedly available 3 months ago the China clone dubbed “aPad” is yet another cloned product. 7″ screen, WiFi, Android 1.5, does not work with iTunes (which is a plus for me), AND only $210US.
While hackers continue to rip apart the Apple OS and work on a China version it is only a matter of time. Is there anything the Chinese can’t make a cheap copy of? Better features but certainly not equal quality so buyer beware. If you’re not faint of heart hit up the local shops in Shenzhen and remember to haggle, always haggle.
The delay of international shipments from Apple should only boost the demand for other products from competitors. The Nook and Kindle are both moving to better integrate an all around entertainment device to better serve their customer base in hopes of satisfying those staring longingly at the iPad. So long as both devices remain a true ebook reader then their fans should be happy.