Someone punch the iPad 2, please

Someone punch the iPad 2, pleaseI was really hoping that someone would step up and give the iPad a run for its money some time soon. Firstly, competition is always a good thing, and – hypothetically at least – should benefit the consumer as manufacturers try to excel each other and provide the very best products possible.

Having said that, Apple doesn’t always seem overly concerned with releasing the “best” products, not in terms of specs anyhow, and the iPhone 5 would sell a zillion units if it was simply an iPhone 4 with a 4in screen. But still, competition is good. It certainly can’t do any harm.

Secondly, I was really annoyed about the half-assed “launch” of the iPad 2. I received an email titled “iPad 2 is here”, but visiting the website at launch time I discovered that the estimated shipping time started at 2-3 weeks. That’s not a freakin’ launch; that’s the opening of a pre-order scheme.

Not that I’m bitter, you understand. In some parallel universe where the iPad 2 was available immediately, the impulsive me is sitting wondering why the hell I spent several hundred pounds on a tablet. So it’s all good.

Anyway, I’ve gone off into Tangentville. My point is: the iPad 2 isn’t exactly leaps and bounds better than the iPad, and there’s a real opportunity for other manufacturers to jump in and steal a chunk of the tablet market. Alas, that doesn’t look very likely.

I had really high hopes for the HTC Flyer after seeing it in action at Mobile World Congress. A portable 7in tablet manufactured by good old HTC, with an optional stylus. What’s not to like?

Well, the price tag for starters. It’s finally released on May 9, and will set you back a fairly ludicrous £600. Then there are the rumours that the Quietly Brilliant manufacturer is already developing two new HTC Flyers that might be released as early as summer in Taiwan.

Ok, how about the BlackBerry PlayBook? Another 7in offering, this time from RIM. Incredibly, the BlackBerry PlayBook launches without email capabilities. That sums it up really.

And finally, our last great hope for the moment, the Motorola Xoom. The specs are great, the price is ok-ish (i.e. identical to the iPad 2), but it’s so freakin’ heavy. I think that’d put me off, but I guess time will tell if Johnny Consumer will take to the Xoom. It seems to be keeping a relatively low profile at the moment.

Fingers crossed for the new Samsung Galaxy Tabs, but I won’t hold my breath. Damn you, Apple (he says, typing away on a MacBook).

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thekanester  Apr. 16, 2011 at 14:15

"the iPad 2 isn’t exactly leaps and bounds better than the iPad"

Um. It's processor is twice as powerful. It has at least 3x better GPU power. It now has 2 x cameras. It now has GPS. It's WAY better than the iPad 1. It's just that the applications available for it don't take advantage of it right now. Show me another tablet manufacturer whose specifications have increased this much between product iterations.

qwerty5  Apr. 16, 2011 at 14:31

Ipad 2 isnt leaps and bounds better than Ipad 1.

Thats why the tech press are calling it Ipad 1.5 :-)

Ipad 1 also has GPS.

russ  Apr. 16, 2011 at 15:05

2 x awful cameras, yes ;)

Jimbo95  Apr. 16, 2011 at 15:22

> Having said that, Apple doesn’t always seem overly concerned with releasing the “best” products, not in terms of specs

Strange you say that, then immediately go on to list why none of the competition is better!

But if any company released the absolute "best" of something, nobody would ever need to upgrade, and the company would quickly go bust. Also, to include the "best" of everything would make the cost prohibitive and nobody would buy, and again, the company would quickly go bust.

Every successful business knows you need to hold something back for the next version, to entice new customers.

furkanjussab  Apr. 16, 2011 at 18:53

How about checking out the HP touchpad? In terms of OS and spec, its just as good, if not better - we just need it to release!!

Just wish HP do Palm's Webos justice

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 17, 2011 at 14:41

Yeah, webOS 3 will rock, because 1 and 2 did also.
Palm, imho, messed it up, by imitating the iPhone's pricing, and
doing the 'exclusive' thing, with networks that weren't prepared to put in the effort that was put into the iPhone launches and PR.

O2 Ireland, e.g., twice launched and than stopped the Pre on prepay, because the network couldn't handle the data demands...
Massive ridiculous fail.
Another issue originally was that on 2G the original Pre was almost unusable.
And why am I saying this in a thread about iPad cases? I don't know :D


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