Who Will Be the Winner?
Apple might be a major force to be reckoned with, but I feel that these three devices have the potential to be playing on the same field (in a sense), and may end up battling for the hearts of potential buyers. They all have unique strengths to offer, and also being their own set of weaknesses to the table. Who will come out on top?
I’d put my money down in a bet saying that the iPad will sell the most units of these three. The money that Apple has to toss at marketing means that there will be plenty of people out there who call every slate device an iPad (just like many people call any PMP an iPod), but the Adam or the Joojoo could still be winners, even without outselling the iPad. Apple is going to win in the user experience area, but they are relying heavily on the software side to drive the productivity and usefulness of the iPad. The Joojoo and the Adam both have oft-requested features that the iPad quite clearly lacks. These features, and the flexibility that their operating systems offer over the iPad’s OS, have the potential to pull a large contingent of (tech-savvy) would-be iPad owners to one of these alternatives.
We need to put this all into perspective though. I still feel that the large-slate form factor has a major flaw that is going to hinder many of the devices that are currently on their way to market, and these three are not exceptions.
Still, let’s hear what the readers think. Which device do you see as the winner in this three-way battle and why? Which device would you buy if you could have one of these three right now? Sound off in the comments.