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    Hi all,

    FYI.

    take care,

    Jay

    Dell signals larger Android tablet troubles
    by Brooke Crothers,JUNE 11, 2011 7:59 PM PDT

    Dell signals larger Android tablet troubles | Nanotech - The Circuits Blog - CNET News

    This week, a Dell executive threw cold water on an already-lukewarm Android tablet market in the U.S., and his comments echo recent sniping by Nvidia's CEO about the launch of the Motorola Xoom.

    Though Apple has sold 25 million iPads to date--many of those in the U.S.--Android tablet makers like Motorola and Samsung are selling a fraction of that. Motorola said it has shipped 250,000 Xoom tablets. Samsung has fared a bit better, with just under 1 million out the door in the first quarter, according to DisplaySearch.

    Samsung's relatively robust number includes a large chunk of overseas sales and still pales when compared with the tally chalked up by Apple, which sold the same number of iPad 2s in just the first weekend of sales in the U.S.

    John Thode, a Dell vice president and manager of the company's mobility business, said in an interview with CNET this week, that the U.S. market just isn't ready for the successful launch of an Android tablet. Dell's first 10-inch Android tablet, the Streak 10 Pro, will launch in China first, sometime this summer. The U.S. market launch probably won't happen until later this year or next year, according to Thode.

    "There's a bit of a haze over some early launches," Thode said about the U.S. tablet market. "I don't want to criticize competition too much, but I think the [Motorola] Xoom has had mixed success because it launched before its time. The channels were confused, the pricing was confused," he said.

    That sentiment is similar to criticism leveled by Nvidia's CEO about the Xoom launch last month.

    Thode continued. "Our view is rather than try to rise above that noise--or worse, add to that noise--it is better to go get some traction in a market that will be a larger market. China will clearly be the largest tablet market in the world in a very short time."

    And Thode believes the U.S. consumer isn't ready yet. The Chinese consumer "is much more savvy" about tablet adoption he said.

    Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, agrees. "The problem is that you have to educate the consumers about the experience," he said. Consumers are used to comparing PCs based almost solely on specifications, i.e., price-performance--while tablets have more subtle distinctions based on the tablet's overall "experience," Shim said.

    "Apple has had such success in that market because it has been able to hold the hand of the consumer and walk them through the experience," he said.

    All of the tablet confusion in the U.S. also raises bigger questions about the actual size of the tablet market stateside. Though Apple has clearly succeeded, it's possible that most of the consumers who want a tablet already have one--the iPad. And the potential for a lot of demand beyond Apple just isn't there yet, at least not in the U.S.
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    The Xoom is confusing because it's a copy of the iPad 1 at the iPad 2 price.

    Meet or beat every iPad 2 spec like the Asus Transformer did and then beat the price by $100. Then add a working microSD, SD, USB-OTG, and a netbook and 16-hour battery option.

    No one will be confused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilovedessert View Post
    All of the tablet confusion in the U.S. also raises bigger questions about the actual size of the tablet market stateside. Though Apple has clearly succeeded, it's possible that most of the consumers who want a tablet already have one--the iPad. And the potential for a lot of demand beyond Apple just isn't there yet, at least not in the U.S.
    Interesting....

    I for one, don't see myself getting any tablet anytime soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RafRol View Post
    Interesting....

    I for one, don't see myself getting any tablet anytime soon.
    Hi,

    I agree...I think they are great for those who want one, but right now, I thin of it as a toy and not for me...

    take care, Jay
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    I do think that there's a large potential market enterprise-wise that has yet to be tapped...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RafRol View Post
    I do think that there's a large potential market enterprise-wise that has yet to be tapped...
    Hi all,

    I agree and I'm hoping that HP will successfully go after that market...they have a great deal of success with the enterprise market for their other lines of products. I expect a great deal of horse trading on HP's part to get a large chunk of the enterprise market....

    Such as if you use TouchPads, we will cut, (insert name of company), a great deal on blades, or servers of PC systems for your office, etc.

    Take care,

    Jay
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    I agree, and think this is where the TouchPad will really shine. Among tablet makers, only HP is heavily involved with large institutional IT strategy. Clearly they want the consumer market, too, but the silver bullet will be hospitals, governments, and Fortune 1000 corporations.
    Quote Originally Posted by RafRol View Post
    I do think that there's a large potential market enterprise-wise that has yet to be tapped...

    Most people have no idea what any of that means. Even people who do, don't agree on whether these specs matter. The Dell VP put it quite well, I think - that people are looking for experience.
    Quote Originally Posted by milominderbinder View Post
    The Xoom is confusing because it's a copy of the iPad 1 at the iPad 2 price.

    Meet or beat every iPad 2 spec like the Asus Transformer did and then beat the price by $100. Then add a working microSD, SD, USB-OTG, and a netbook and 16-hour battery option.

    No one will be confused.

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