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This has been known for some time. Tablet clones costing $75 on up have been available for months. The only question is, who will match Apple's marketing and software expertise in a marketplace already dominated by the Apple iPad? It appears that few consumers want to invest in anything but Apple or another market leader. When Apple is the market leader, there is little or no market left for anyone else.
 

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This market is in it's early stage. As i predicted several months ago, android is the future of tablets. 2012 ytd sales should reflect this.

Personally, I'm looking at RIM and its playbook.

Has everything that the Ipad won't have.
 

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This has been known for some time. Tablet clones costing $75 on up have been available for months. The only question is, who will match Apple's marketing and software expertise in a marketplace already dominated by the Apple iPad?
But the iPad isn't just marketing and software - it has the goods. We have yet to see a product that compares to it at a similar price point. The closest is likely the Galaxy Tab but it is the same price (or more) as the iPad with a significantly smaller screen, and the screen is the most expensive component. And apparently the Android OS isn't yet very well adapted for a tablet size screen.
 

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I'm putting a lot more faith in Android than in RIM's Playbook, but like @Wayne points out, Android isn't ready to steal much away from iPad yet. Even Google admits that.

I think 2011 will continue to be the year of the iPad, but I really hope Android can pick it up soon. If Apple is allowed to dominate too much longer, we will have another iPod on our hands and it will be the untouchable category leader.

Given this categories potential to totally upset the consumer PC market, I don't think its in our interest to have a lopsided share leader.
 

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For Android tablets to succeed, they need to have a compelling competitive advantage.

The one thing I've learned after having my iPad for six months of so is how important the screen size is AND how I don't ever want to run iPhone apps on my iPad. A smartphone app "upsized" to a bigger screen is not that valuable.

I don't see what Androids advantage is so I can't see it having much, if any, success next year unless someone can come out with an Apple equivalent at half the price.
 

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Is the Ipad more open to connections with computers for handling music, etc. or is it like the Ipod where you need to use Itunes only, and you can't upload from the Ipod to a computer?
 

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The closest is likely the Galaxy Tab but it is the same price (or more) as the iPad with a significantly smaller screen, and the screen is the most expensive component.
The smaller screen is the advantage that the Galaxy has over the Ipad. Plus it has flash and SD and USB support and camera.

The Playbook has a dual core processor.

It won't be a market leader but that doesn't influence my purchasing decision.

I don't have to worry about Big Brother(aka Steve Jobs) when i buy a non Apple product.
 

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Android devices will compete on price point. First, they have to deliver similar capabilities, value and quality as the iPad. Then, competition and mass production will drive component prices down. Apple, as usual, will keep prices and lose market share to lower priced products. Android's big problem right now is too many products competing against each other. That will create a lot of confusion and unsatisfied customers when products are discontinued due to low sales. Until some key players emerge in the Android product marketplace, Apple will dominate.
 

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I agree - you are kind of overwhelmed with all of the Android phones available. It is much simpler to go with an Apple or Blackberry.

There are a whole ton of tablets being announced today from Asus, Lenovo, LG, etc.
 

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The smaller screen is the advantage that the Galaxy has over the Ipad.
If you want an even bigger advantage then get an iPod Touch because its screen is even smaller.

I am not an Apple fanboy, I have never owned an Apple computer, nor iPhone and I buy a lot of hardware and gadgets. But Apple has done some things right - the iPod and the iPad being the two most obvious. I have an iPad and one for my daughter.

I far prefer RIM phones to an iPhone, I am now using the Torch which is about my 6th Blackberry and I wouldn't consider replacing it with an iPhone. But I am not so sure about the Playbook - RIM touts it as the first tablet for business people but the video for the Playbook that they launched a few months ago is 95% about non-business uses such as video, photos and music.

I really like the ability to read docs on my iPad, I doubt that I want to give that up for greater portability. And it will be interesting to see how hard/easy it will be to type on the Playbook. It would be less of an issue if you could use your Blackberry phone as a keyboard as I prefer typing on my Blackberry to my iPad, partially because Apple has (stupidly) omitted cursor keys so it is really hard/slow to back track and fix any typing errors.
 

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I love he concept of a tablet and i think that i like the android the best.

I'm scared of apple because they are just so heavy handed. As an example apple pulling vlc media player from their app store today.

I really don't like the concept of apple telling me what software i'm allowed to install, and i'm sure if they had more of a monopoly it would be even worse.
 

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The smaller screen is the advantage that the Galaxy has over the Ipad.
As a person who reads books, magazines, newpapers and webpages on my iPad and watches tv shows, I totally disagree.

Galaxy size would be useless for me. It`s too small so I might as well stick with a smartphone.
 

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On the one hand, I do love the 10" screen real estate, and I don't see myself settling for anything less, but I do agree with @james99's comment regarding weight.

The iPad is fatiguing to handle on longer flights, especially if I find myself back in the economy cabin.
 

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Not a new tablet but a CES release nonetheless...I thought this was really clever...if they get a robust selection of old-school titles I'll be picking this up for sure!

 

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I'm scared of apple because they are just so heavy handed. As an example apple pulling vlc media player from their app store today.
I agree that they are heavy handed but the VLC issue seems to be caused by the anal-retentive reaction of Remi Denis-Courmont, part of the VLC team, who would rather prove a point with the GPL than allow people to use VLC on the iPad. Read the stories on the issue.
 
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