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Old 19-01-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
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Apple on iPad competition: Windows is 'big and heavy,' next-gen Android tablets are still vapor

Link: http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/18/a...avy-android-i/

Apple's COO (and current Steve Jobs stand-in) Tim Cook thinks "there's not much" competition to the company's iPad tablet. When queried about Apple's view on what the rest of the market offers, Cook was brutally candid in describing Windows-driven machines as generally being big, heavy and expensive, while current generations of Android-based slates are in his opinion merely "scaled-up smartphones." While we agree that Windows 7 isn't a terribly touch-friendly affair, we don't know that Cook's comments on Android are quite so pertinent now that Google's tablet-savvy Honeycomb iteration has been unveiled. Then again, he has something to say about the next generation of Android tablets as well, noting that the ones announced at CES lack pricing and release schedules, leading him to conclude that "today they're vapor." Ouch. As a parting shot, Tim took a moment to reaffirm Apple's belief that its integrated approach will always trump the fragmented nature of Android and its plurality of app stores. Hear his comments in full after the break.

5:32PM Q: How do you view the iPad's competitors?

5:34PM A: Tim -- if you look at what's out there today, there's not much. There's the ones that use Windows, they're generally big and heavy and expensive. They have weak battery life, they require a keyboard or a stylus as an input device, customers are frankly just not interested in them. Then you have Android tablets, and the varieties that are out shipping today, their operating system wasn't designed for tablets. Google has said this, this isn't just Apple saying this. That means you have the size of a tablet that just isn't reasonable for what we call a 'real tablet experience.' That's just a scaled-up smartphone, which is a bizarre product category. If you do a side-by-side with an iPad, you'll pick an iPad.

5:53PM Q: Last call, Steve had a lot of comments around Android, some of its disadvantages. Any other comments you'd like to make?

5:56PM A: Tim -- [...] We firmly believe that our integrated approach is better than the fragmented approach. You can see this in a number of ways -- from the number of fragmented app stores with a variety of ways to pay, people will pull their hair out. Who's on the latest OS -- Android always lags ... In net we think our integrated approach is better, rather than making the end user a systems integrator. I don't know a lot of people who want to be systems integrators. And I think the same thing about iPad. It's the same set of issues, at the end of the day.
Hold your horses........." Honeycomb " is coming

FYI Mr Cook, iPad is ALSO a scaled up smartphone ( which incidentally can't make calls over telco networks )
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Old 19-01-2011, 05:10 PM   #2
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Not surprising, he has to show that he has a fiercer blood than Steve Jobs, in order to retain shareholder's confidence of his leadership in lieu of Job's leave of absence.

Relax, his words are just all bark and no substance. Though I agree with the Windows 7 tablets viewpoint, and for Galaxy Tab.. yes, it's a supersize phone, sadly
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Old 19-01-2011, 05:32 PM   #3
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I don't disagree, his points are not incorrect and justified based on the current product and os range.

But they seems to have selective vision when it comes to their own products.

In the case of Google, they readily stated that Froyo was not optimized for tablets when vendors started to launch Android 2.2 tablets.

And here they are ignoring the fact that iPad is more or less an upsized iPod Touch...
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Old 19-01-2011, 07:00 PM   #4
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We need more apps designed for the resolution of tablets though
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Old 19-01-2011, 07:18 PM   #5
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We're waiting for honeycomb...
It'll bring the much needed tablet experience. I believe phone apps can be upscaled, and like the ipad, more developers will create tablet version of their apps.
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Old 19-01-2011, 10:36 PM   #6
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while current generations of Android-based slates are in his opinion merely "scaled-up smartphones."
I LOL @ this statement..
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Old 20-01-2011, 08:51 AM   #7
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it's ok to hide the facts although it's known throughout the IT world..
It will fool the non-techy ppl though... with the oohs and aahhs..
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Old 20-01-2011, 09:12 AM   #8
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fiaking hellz!!!! the Ipad can't do full computing experience, who's he kidding? can't login to singpass nor see flash. basket.

ipad is just an interim solution while waiting for good ol windows.
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Old 20-01-2011, 09:15 AM   #9
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Although I hate Apple and its stuff, never to buy it, I have to say that the user experience from Apple stuff is top notch. Hardware wise is not top notch. End of the day is, am I happy using the product.
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Old 20-01-2011, 09:15 AM   #10
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It is a big ipod touch with dev building apps for a bigger resolution
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Put it another way, it's actually the fault of the manufacturers to push to market "tablets" when Android itself isn't optimized for tablet usage in the first place. I'm sure Google thought about this, but open source being what it is, they can't stop the companies from jumping the gun.

Say what you can about Apple, they thought things through the proper way by making sure the Ipad was announced, had a reasonable period of time for specifically coded apps to be done before launching, and also making sure that while iphone apps would run as well, Ipad specific apps are segmented properly instead of lumping every single iOS app into a single marketplace, which is what is happening with Android "tablets" now.

Honeycomb might change things around, but it could also just be a glorified launcher interface, with mostly only official Google apps running properly in tablet mode. We'll have to see more info about HC.
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everytime like that. Like to say bad things about Android. They are treating android seriously.
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