Apple has pretty much done its damnedest to stop the Samsung Galaxy Tab being sold here, there and everywhere, but, in Sammo’s own words, it’s "not doing very well” in the tablet market.
However, former Apple CEO, John Sculley, has been bigging up the Samsung Galaxy Tab, suggesting it’s the only real threat to Apple’s iPad.
Señor Sculley, who took the reins at Apple from 1983 to 1993, tells the Economic Times in India: “I predict many good years ahead for Apple. The only serious tablet competitor in sight to the iPad at this time is Samsung's Galaxy.”
Really? What about the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire? Various analyst types are predicting a shift towards 7in slates with a sub-$400 price tag. Indeed, that’s the tactic widely tipped for the imminent Google Nexus tablet.
Even more interesting, Sculley reckons the Nokia-Microsoft partnership could yet pay off, reminding us that there’s more to the smartphone world than us westerners with our £500 hunks of mobile.
“There is still an opportunity, especially in India, China and Africa for a very inexpensive smartphone," reckons John. "Many tech watchers in the US have pretty much written off Nokia and Microsoft as serious competitors in the smartphone market. I think Nokia and Microsoft may surprise the industry with a successful low-end smartphone.”
Microsoft’s mobile market share is expected to increase a fair bit with the arrival of Windows Phone Tango, which lowers the minimum specs and opens the door for budget goodness. In theory.