Non-iPads not doing well, excess stock a possibility

Non-iPads not doing well, excess stock a possibilityThis was supposed to be the year in which a host of rival tablets arrived to give the iPad an absolute kicking, or, at the very least, a few cuts and a black eye. So far Apple hasn’t had much to worry about.

Motorola shifted an impressive 250,000 units of the Xoom in Q1, but Apple was rumoured to have sold more iPad 2s in its opening week(end) alone. The HTC Flyer, meanwhile, has an embarrassingly high price tag, and the new Samsung Galaxy Tabs haven’t exactly set pulses racing.

The Eee Pad Transformer sold out quickly, and while Asus boasted: “initial demand for the Eee Pad Transformer has been far beyond our expectations,” it soon materialised that the manufacturer was facing issues with supply.

As such, Digitimes reckons manufacturers might face an excess stock problem as we move into the second half of 2011. Not that we’re complaining, as it might mean we can pick up non-iPad 2s for cheap. Sweet.

Read more about: Apple iPad 2ASUS Eee Pad TransformerHTC FlyerMotorola Xoom MZ601Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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mrew42  May. 6, 2011 at 12:20

I think I can safely say this is the news I have been expecting and indeed waiting on. Honeycomb was what these things needed and there is too much diversity from too many players to be considered a sole 'iPad slayer'.
I've had a cheapy Chinese Tab (android 2.1) for about 7 months now and even though it's slow, resitive screen and sh*te on the battery front (3.5 hours? I mean really?) I love it due to what it lets me do on my commute to work. Read, watch video, play music, play games. It's my little sanctuary from the world around me on my boring daily commute. I couldn't justify iPad/iPad2/Flyer/Transformer/Playbook prices no matter how much better it may be, but for £100? I'm there :)
Especially if its a Galaxy Tab at that price !

CTPAHHIK  May. 6, 2011 at 12:35

So far I have only seen two Tablets - iPad2 and Xoom. Eee Pad does not have wireless communications. Galaxy is too old to compete. New Galaxy and Flyer is not available. Which stock are we talking about?

slayer2012771  May. 6, 2011 at 12:54

I have the Advent Vega and I have to say that - for me - it is a killer of the iPad for the sole reason that I can do what I want to do on it - with little to no restrictions as with Apple's little gem. I can upgrade my memory cheaply with a micro SD and if I need more memory for my docs I can use a pen drive and load my files from there (the itty bitty HP 16gb pen drive from play is brill as its barely noticeable). This means I can read my digital comics, my ebooks, play games, browse the net, watch movies, listen to loads of music just by adding them to a pen drive/portable harddrive and not having to resync everytime I want new content.
That isnt to say the Vega was perfect out of the box - frankly it sucked donkey balls - but the Modaco forums have helped me tons to make my Vega super fast and add all the performance enhancing tools. It wipes the floor with my other half's netbook and even faster web browsing then my (supposed) top of the range Vaio. All this for under £200!! Brill.
I love my mates iPad and my iPod touch - so not an Apple hater - but even he is envious of Android's ability to personalise my tab to how I want it to be and was gobsmacked how fast the internet was and that I could view flash content XD

JanSt / MOD  May. 6, 2011 at 14:21

I am looking forward to hp's webOS tab. The open-ness (in terms of 'root' access) means that it will give the Linux/homebrew folks a lot to 'play' with. But, nah... I'd like to try the iPad, but I wouldn't buy a tab again.

mrew42  May. 6, 2011 at 14:37

Are you sure Jan?
Are you really sure?
Look at the shiny shiny.

*Mod edit - Disappearing image :p

mrew42  May. 6, 2011 at 14:40

Ouch that was too big.
Try this one...

JanSt / MOD  May. 6, 2011 at 14:53

oh, alright, then :p


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