Top 5 ways Android tablets could beat the iPad

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I agree 100% with #5 regarding Application development, and #2 especially about the carrier modifications to Android, and the need to get upgrades out faster.

They nail it with #1 “be cheaper then the iPad”, there is yet to be an Android tablet that competes on feature and price with the iPad, even the Motorola XOOM which is getting decent reviews is still priced to high to drive people away from the iPad and to Android.

Of course we have to see what Apple has in store for us tomorrow with the iPad 2 announcement.

10 Responses to Top 5 ways Android tablets could beat the iPad
  1. John Head
    March 1, 2011 | 4:41 pm

    you forget the #1 reason – if people can play farmville and mafia wars, people will buy the android tablets.

    • Mitch Cohen
      March 1, 2011 | 5:39 pm

      John by now you should know me well enough to know that Farmville, Mafia Wars, or pretty much any other game would not even enter my mind as a factor in picking a device/platform

      • John Head
        March 2, 2011 | 10:19 am

        maybe for you – but there are a lot of would-be tablet consumers out there that will want their facebook games to work.

  2. ursus
    March 1, 2011 | 4:47 pm

    I do not quite agree with point 5 – none of the people I know who have a iPad care less about being walled in by Apple. I know they are locked into the Apple universe but they just don’t care – if they can get a couple of the apps that they want and a some cheap games they just don’t seem to mind. Not being able to view all the sites out there does bug SOME of my friends but most of them think this is the sites problem and not a problem with the iPad. Everybody seems to think the price is too high though :o)

    Wonder if Apple is going to move on the price tomorrow – I wouldn’t be surprised at all :o)

    • Mitch Cohen
      March 1, 2011 | 5:41 pm

      The end user might not care, but #5 was given as a developer concern. Given Apples track record of arbitrary rejections you could understand why developers would be wary.

  3. Antoine Leboyer
    March 1, 2011 | 5:26 pm

    Another factor is Itunes just terrible bloated Software.

    • Mitch Cohen
      March 1, 2011 | 5:44 pm

      iTunes is terrible, and bloated, but the other side of that coin is that Android as a platform has no single platform to sync computer with phone, there are options, like Doubletwist and others, but you have to find and install them on your own. Google would be smart to address this for the platform.

  4. Arthur Fontaine
    March 1, 2011 | 5:38 pm

    I’ll buy one at a roughly similar price and specs. More interested in who will offer “open” features like no-contract pricing, SD slots, and unlocked OS, plus user-controlled features like upgradeable RAM and replaceable battery. That’s who will get my first tablet $$$.

  5. Simon O'Doherty
    March 2, 2011 | 2:44 am

    What keeps me on the iPad is that games I bought for the iPhone also worked on the iPad. So I saved money straight off.

    So for me to switch to android would require some “game changer” type super app.

    Some of the games coming out on the iPad are putting other hand helds to complete shame. For graphics examples, Inifinity Blade, Rage HD, Dungeon Defenders.

  6. John Lindsay
    March 4, 2011 | 11:34 am

    @Simon +1