Opinion: Why the iPad might remain the king of tablets in 2011

This is the short break before it all explodes folks. We are just weeks away from the explosion of Android tablets on the market as well as the Blackberry Playbook and whatever new WebOS tablet HP has in store. The general consensus is that the iPad will of course sell well, however the Android tablet market as well as the Playbook and WebOS tablets will eat into the iOS tablet market. Essentially this would put Android on top much like it has already done in the smartphone market due to sheer number of manufacturers producing tablets. And though I am not an analyst of any kind, I want to make a prediction. My prediction is that iOS tablets (iPad 1 and iPad 2) will remain the best-selling tablets, at least through 2011. Here is why.

I strongly believe that Apple is going to follow a similar model to that of their iPhone. What I mean by that is,  Apple is going to sell their new iPad 2 with front facing camera, more RAM, higher resolution screen, and whatever else Apple decides to put in it with a starting price of $499. I also think they are going to take the original iPad and continue to sell it at a much lower price. Possibly starting $299 or $350 for the lowest end model. This is exactly what Apple does with its iPhone. Rather than producing a cheap iPhone nano, they just sell the older model for a lower price. If this is what Apple does with the iPad and iPad 2, there is no way XOOM, Playbook, HP/Palm Pad, or any other tablet on the market are going to outsell the iPad or even come close. Right now the only thing stopping Apple from selling 20,000,000 iPads rather than the 10,000,000 they have already sold is the cost of entry. All of these new tablets, especially the high-end ones featuring 1280×800 resolution displays and dual cameras are going to cost a ton of money. Not only that, but Apple seems to be the only tablet maker that understands that a lot of people don’t want to sign a contract for their tablets. WiFi only tablets and 3G tablets both unsubsidized with no contract is extremely compelling. If Motorola, RIM, HP/Palm, Samsung, and the hundreds of others cannot figure out how to get the tablets out at a competitive price without having to sign a contract, they are going to have a hard time getting any sales compared to the iPad. I foresee at least one more year of iPad domination. What about you?

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About Daniel Rodriguez
I am 22 years old, I am a little bit new to writing but I love it and I am addicted to gadgets, whether it be Phones, PC's, OS's. Software. I love it all!

2 Responses to Opinion: Why the iPad might remain the king of tablets in 2011

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  2. cheap ipad 2 says:

    The next generation iPad is widely rumored to return equipped with a FaceTime camera for video calling in addition to a gyroscope for advanced motion control sensing, much like the iPhone 4. It is also expected to be thinner than the previous model and have an improved display, and may even include a built-in USB connector (though you can color us skeptical on that last point).

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