I'm really to happt to hear that finally Nokia has decided to come out with a tablet. This could definitely be a great profit maker for Nokia and will bring them back onto highway. And definitely there is no other better place than finland to launch the product.
The tablet market has fragmented into two: the Apple iOS and the Google Android end. Nokia is opening up a third front with Microsoft Windows. My opinion is that consumers will lump these products into two categories: the Apple iOS and others. That's where Nokia will end up at least for the near future.
I think Nokia's attempt to compete with Apple's iPad is like fighting a battle that is already lost. Nokia could not even compete with iPhone in a domain where Nokia was the master for many years. Given the current success and the large user base of iPad, it would be unreasonable for Nokia to target Apple.
If I were Nokia, I would try to come up with a good Windows based tablet and simply compete with only the Windows based tablets that are going to be rolled out after September. At least that way, I could stand a chance of getting a tablet market share.
Of course, it will be interesting to see what laptop manufacturers such as Dell and Samsung will offer as a tablet. Success of Nokia's Windows tablet adventure will depend on what other manufacturers offer.
My fear is Nokia is starting to compete in a domain that is new to it and given its failure in the smart phone arena, which has a direct technical link to the mobile phones that used to be Nokia's forte, I am not going to hold my breath on Nokia's new tablet.
The tablet market is already a very growing market where the consumer base is expanding quickly. I don't think Nokia will try to compete with Apple directly. Instead, they'll be looking to target new tablet users who aren't yet hooked to Apple or Android. The differentiating factor can be the same look and feel that consumers are used to. Also, integration with Windows on their laptops and desktops can be a very strong point.
Nokia has only recently launched it's first smartphone with Windows Mobile. Although a lot of success has been predicted, there are no concrete results out yet which can tell whether this was a smart move or not. Without confirmation of success, if Nokia still plans to launch a tablet in collaboration with Microsoft, I think it may be a bit too early.
You're right - Apple isn't just going to sit back and see if Nokia can get traction in the tablet market. I'm sure it won't take them long to come out with competitve design that has similar or better features.
It has been reported that the tablet will be a "breakthrough" in user interface. It will have a 10-inch screen, dual-core Qualcomm chip and a 12 MP camera. Those are very good features. But we can also expect Apple to launch a new "new" iPad with better specs by the time Nokia is ready to ship its tablet.
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