Monday, March 07, 2011

iPad wannabes’ big problem: They can’t beat or even match Apple iPad’s price

The New York Times, Jenna Wortham wrote:
"The iPad 2, unveiled on Wednesday, offers several sleek improvements over its predecessor"
"But its most attractive feature is perhaps the same one its predecessor had: the price tag."

"And what makes that feature even more compelling is that so far, Apple's competitors in tablets cannot beat or even match it,"

"The iPad 2, like the original, starts at $499."

"Dozens of hardware manufacturers are scrambling to bring their own variations to market this year: Hewlett-Packard with the TouchPad, HTC with the Flyer, LG with the G-Slate and BlackBerry with the PlayBook. But prices, or even release dates, have not been announced, and industry experts say it is not yet clear whether the devices can be competitive with Apple on price… 'The iPad may continue to own the market if competitors don't get more realistic on their pricing,' said Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at IHS iSuppli, a research firm. 'Right now, it's too high relative to what the iPad has for the product.'"

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