I was at a local big-box electronics retailer the other day and noticed there is still a big deal being made about the iPad. Adults were swiping their fingers across the screen saying “Well, this could be very handy around the house.” Senior citizens were flipping it around saying “Geeze Louise! Look at this hotsy-totsy thing-a-mabob!” Teens were texting friends that were standing right next to them saying “OMG DAT IPAD’S BANGIN IT 2M2H! IWO!”
The first thing that came to mind: apparently I am only capable of understanding people who fall within my own age group.
The second thing that came to mind: The iPad has been available for over a year now, and yet there is not a single successful competitor to the product. It’s not due to lack of attempts. Motorola released the Xoom tablet a few months ago, the Dell Streak is available, Samsung’s Galaxy series is in stores…and nobody is buying them. Tablets will be the primary way we’ll be using the Internet within the next few years, but it seems that Apple is holding all the cards at this point and it’s holding up progress. It’s not that Apple is doing this on purpose…it just so happens that they have a number of factors that are working in their favor at the moment. Continue reading “Bringing Tablets to the Table”