Got a 64Gb Playbook bundled with my phone. Only complaint so far is that the video player doesn't handle multiple language tracks and subtitles. Otherwise very happy with it.
Some things in life are certain: death, taxes, Boris Johnson's blond mop top, and the Apple iPad's continued dominance in the tablet sector. But wait, something's changed: not only has BoJo had a neat trim for the Olympics, sales of Cupertino's fondleslab grew less than the UK market average during Q2. Fanbois can rest easy: …
theres "lies damn lies and statistics"
you can read this whatever you like, to quote the article
you make like to think "Apple is still dominating with a very similar market share to a year ago"
or maybe prefer the "RIM, Samsung thrash Apple in UK fondleslab sales growth" ?
both correct just seemingly telling different stories....
It seems the smaller tablet makers have only beaten apple in percentages, because their previous market share was so low... If i sold 1 tablet this month and 2 next month that's a 100% increase but i won't be challenging apple any time soon.
Add to that the fact RIM had to halve their price in order to spur any demand... It would be interesting to see what percentage increase in sales HP had in during their touchpad firesale.
Apple are also far closer to the market saturation point, that is anyone who wants a tablet already has one...
I think with the Nexus stepping into Europe plus a raft of other cheap tablets, Apple will have a serious problem maintaining its market share. While Android has been "tablet ready" since 3.x I think 4.x, especially 4.1 will turn a corner for the experience people expect of such devices and for £200 or less for a 7" the price is very attractive too.
Apple is growing a dominant position by 36% - and they need a bulldozer to push the piles of cash away from the door so their employees can get into the office. The others aren't making any profit worth talking about on tablets.
Plus - this is year on year growth for Q2.
Do you remember what products Samsung had last year during Q2?
They had the Galaxy Tab in 2 sizes, one of which was released halfway through Q2 - and they wouldn't admit it needed a major price cut for months.
How about RIM? They released the playbook in Q2 as well, and didn't halve it's prices until Q4.
So in Q2 of last year, they were both trying to sell undesirable (because they're not iPads) tablets for iPad prices.
Their sales numbers in Q2 last year must have been utter crap! And they're only up 50% and 63% respectively, despite really aggressive discounting to the point that they're barely squeaking a profit out of it? That looks horrible for RIM/Samsung.
I remember a long time ago, a corporation called Apple who charged a lot of money for a stylish personal computer, refused to lower the price when IBM with Microsoft, stepped in with an equivalent for half the price.
A 1988 lawsuit followed, in which Apple accused Microsoft's operating system of copying the 'look and feel' of the Macintosh operating system.
Currently, manufacturers with Google, are commoditising tablets and the price will naturally fall (to about half the cost of a shiny Apple tablet).
Apple has filed a lawsuit accusing Samsung of copying the 'look and feel' (read:rectangular shape and rounded corners) of its popular tablet device.
Is history about to repeat itself?
Is this Steve Jobs' legacy? That would be a shame.
Nice attention getting headline, and the reaction was no doubt spot on as well !
When it comes to copying, just on the face of it that's exactly what Samsung did with its early smart phones, the resemblance to the iPhone was kind of staggering, and they are rather justly (IMHO) being pinged. Their latest stuff though is not derivative and they're hewing out their own space in the market, which one can only encourage.
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