Why ‘iPad Killers' Don't Measure Up to Apple's Tablet

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    Don Reisinger

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1. The Price Is Too HighThe worst thing companies can do is offer a tablet that's too expensive. Unfortunately, Samsung did just that with its Galaxy Tab. The device retails for about $400 with a two-year contract and $600 without one. That might be right in the same spot that Apple's offering its iPad, but considering the Galaxy Tab runs the wrong operating system and it's much smaller than Apple's option, it's actually priced too high.
Apple's iPad has been performing exceedingly well in the tech space. In fact, the device is easily the most popular tablet on the market, and few of its competitors have even a hope of catching up to it anytime soon. The main reason for that is quite simple: Apple understands what consumers and even enterprise customers are really looking for in a tablet. And it has gone out and delivered that to them without leaving out many of the other features they really desire. The result has been success, and a jump start in today's tablet space that will likely keep Apple far ahead of the competition for quite some time. But Apple's success in the tablet market isn't all due to its decision-making. Quite the contrary, the iPad is successful today in part because of the mistakes the device's competitors have made attempting to capture some of the market the tablet has gained. In an effort to beat Apple, the company's competition has lost its way. And now, the iPad is succeeding because of it. Read on to find out about some of the mistakes Apple's iPad competitors have made, and why those issues continue to hold devices back today.
This article was originally published on 2010-11-04
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.