Originally Posted by mattCR
Really, the top use for a pad for many of my clients is remote desktop. And the Apple does that very well. But with the Acer Iconia turning up at $399, and sometimes less, especially those with bulk buys, I figure some will snap them up. It's not becuase it's better or worse then the ipad, it's because once you're in a remote desktop Kiosk mode, the rest of how it works doesn't really matter. And handing them out to sales reps is a lot cheaper then ipads.
$450 at Amazon. Which means, for the normal consumer -- and it's normal consumers driving the iPad's success, not sales reps who want a cheap dumb terminal -- it's still uncompetitive with the iPad.
It's not that these Android tablets *shouldn't* succeed. But they don't offer any raison d'etre. I think Apple vs Android of 2011 does not parallel Apple vs Microsoft of 1995. But still, a little comparison to Macs vs Wintel...
In '95, a Wintel cost less, had more software, and dominated the offices. For the home user, buying a PC had real benefits even if the experience was inferior (though by '98 I think the Windows was coming on strong to Mac System [whatever]).
But today, there's nothing like that in Android tablets vs iPads. Android tablets aren't appreciably cheaper: $50, so about 10%. Nothing like the 30+% price difference perceived in Macs vs PCs. Android tablets are nowhere to be seen: there's no compulsion to buy one to be compatible with the office. They have less software; iPad's the way to go for the broadest and best selection of apps. Likewise media: if you buy music or movies, ipad is better. iTunes may stink on the PC, but it's there. Android is still in its media-selling infancy.
Aside from niche uses, as I've described with my dad's Remote Desktop setup requiring an Android tablet, there's still no good reason to buy an Android tablet. Maybe those Android phone buyers, as suggested, will look to buy a compatible tablet?
Barring an unexpected upswing in corporate use of Android tablets, or the launch of a massive Amazon system, I think Android tablets won't take off until you can get a 10" tablet for $349. Without superior hardware, software, or media integration, the only route is to undercut Apple on price, and by a lot. (And the 7" Nook Color suggests even discount pricing may be insufficient.)