Today there’s another call for iPad rivals to step up their game.
Sam Grobart has a good article up at The New York Times site, calling for more ‘fight’ from tablets makers in order to provide stiffer (or any real) competition for the iPad.
He makes a comparison with the car industry and the options in the family sedan market to show how competition breeds excellence – and how we’re not seeing anything like that in the tablet market as yet:
Compare that with the state of the tablet market today. Hewlett-Packard is in retreat. Research in Motion is in a holding pattern. Motorola has been sold and its tablet is now an afterthought. Samsung fights the good fight, but it trails Apple’s market share by 50 percentage points.
Apple is not just ahead of the pack, it almost is the pack. Now, some would say that this is also a simple result of economic laws at work: Apple makes a superior product, therefore it gets most of the sales. Great.
But you know what would be really great? Apple and Google/Microsoft/H.P./Anyone locked in an epic battle for tablet supremacy, each side releasing new and better products at a furious pace, each dropping prices substantially at a steady clip.
Although I have to admit it’s been fun seeing the iPad lap the field for the last 20 months, it’s hard to argue with Grobart’s point. A serious rival would undoubtedly force Apple to raise their game and lead to even more innovation and even better future iPad and tablet choices for users.
Competition is a good thing in lots of areas, not just in the consumer electronics market. Here’s hoping Floyd Mayweather decides to provide some for the man pictured at the top of this post sometime soon.
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