Granted that consumers look for portability, performance, and price. It appears the Playbook would have added performance qualities over iPad. Is this the begining of Research in Motion giving Apple the run for its money?
My hope is that this competition will not only increase efficiency, but drive down the price.
It's definitely going to be interesting to see how this war of the tablets develop in a couple of months when the Playbook is out in the market. If there is not a real difference in price I wonder what is going to be the fundamental factor for decision making. Maybe a time has come when smart phones and tablets share the market with Apple. Maybe Apple finally lower the prices in order to keep its reign. Only time will tell.
Competition is indeed key in this market. It is important for Apple to know that RIM is on its heals introducing a competitive and maybe even a superior product to the next generation iPAD. I have always viewed the tablet market as one for personal use rather than for business so I was surprised to read that corporations are preordering the Playbook. I see the tablet having more of a space in personal and/or the education sector.
With that being said, it will be interesting when the Playbook is released to see how the end user responds. The Blackberry OS has not been a favorite in the mobile market so I'm not sure it will translate well to the tablet market. Blackberry's acceptance in the business sector has been their infrastructor and security which was key to corporations. This may not be of importance in the personal sector. The variety of apps, however, will most likely drive and attract the personal user to the tablet.
Apple's business practices have opened up the door for competition in the past and this will prove to be no exception. When the iPhone was first released, it seamed that it was the gadget to have. With its limited availability, it opened up the market for the Androids who have now enjoyed great success in the market. Only time will tell how the industry's response to the iPAD will affect Apple's sales.
Susan, The latest information on the Playbook is that it will debut at less than $500, which prices it close to Apple's iPad, although the cheapest iPad retails for $499 and others can be even more expensive. The competition is certainly heating up and some corporate buyers are already pre-ordering Research in Motion's Playbook. See Rim's Rival to iPad Wins Fans as Clients Seek Security.
The competition in the computer tablet market may be more savage than in the Smartphone sector but overall, Apple's chances of being dominant is being whittled down as rivals introduce competing devices. Where Apple has the edge is that it is the one others are chasing. By the time rivals finally get their acts together in the smartphone and computer tablet markets, the company will be adding a new item to its product offering.
The Blackberry Playbook seems to have better specs and features and I imagine the price will also be attractive for those who consider the iPad a bit pricey. I am assuming that Apple will soon launch a second generation of iPad which obviously will be to compete with the Playbook. I see this tablet war just the same as the iPhone and SmartPhone war.
Customers always look for portability, performance, and price. The Playbook appears to be render webpages faster than iPad and pages featuring flash content looks more attractive on the Playbook. Research in Motion (RIM) and Adobe Systems are collaborated to create a rich content to Playbook. There will be a grand acceptance to Playbook over the iPad and this will stimulate the Apple to come with a remedy.
I sense that Apple store is getting more organized with every iTunes update to handle +300000 apps. For a long time iTunes has a business section. I am sure that there will be a pivotal mass where Apple will have to cleverly divide the business section as well. This will be hard to catch-up by any competition. RIM PlayBook would probably need a business software unit sponsored or owned by them to do that. Third party suppliers may not be sufficient.
Definitely there will be a great welcome for BlackBerry playbook, humans mind expects new things to revolve around them frequently they always are looking forward for a change. it also deals with comfort of the apps most of them are so used to Apples MAC they might choose the iPad few may be willing to try something new hence they may procure Blackberry there is always great market for such kind of products.
When we are looking in user point of view, majority of them are searching by feature wise only. Only a minimal number of peoples are looking for branded gadgets. Now a day almost all gadget manufactures are providing free downloadable application either through their own portal or through third party portals. Recently I had seen in a portal, where “n” numbers of applications are down loadable, which is almost free and it can be downloaded to any gadget, having the minimal configurations. So in my opinion there is NO point to say either ipad or blackberry, lets think about the good ones.
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