Linked by David Adams on Wed 17th Aug 2011 17:46 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Ars Technica is reporting that US Retailer Best Buy has been able to sell less than 10% of the TouchPad tablets that it ordered from HP, and now wants HP to take them back. Similarly, deal-a-day site Woot offered TouchPads at a very aggressive price, and only managed to sell 612 of them. This is for a site that often sells out goofy tech widgets in hours. When the TouchPad was gearing up for release, there seemed to be a fair amount of interest among geeks. Is it just that it hasn't resonated the same way with the general public, or have people just been disappointed once they've put their hands on one?
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RE[3]: Comment by kovacm
by Sabon on Wed 17th Aug 2011 20:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kovacm"
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Actually the difference between smart phones (Apple and Google) is VERY different than tablets.

The main difference is that tablets are not subsidized like phones are. Android phones have been given away while Apple phones haven't.

Most people will take something that is free if they THINK it is close to be as good as something that costs money.

If you look at surveys where people are asked how much they like their phones, the iPhone easily comes out on top.

Another way to look at this is that people buy a lot more games, paid games, not just free ones, on iPhones than on Adroids.

Part of the reason for this is that when people get a free Android phone, more often than not, based on stats that are put on sites just like this, most of those people do not use the Android phone to buy anything on them. They use them to make phone calls and search the internet and apparently not much else.

Meanwhile, Apple is currently raking in over 50% of NET profits in the mobile industry.

Again, tablets aren't subsidized. It's all over the place lately how other companies are not able to compete against Apple on price and they don't have as good of hardware and they definitely don't have as good of an on-line store with anywhere near as many apps as there are with idevices.

Summing it up, I don't think Android tablets are going to take over very quickly. Not unless someone can figure out how to drastically drop the price of Android tablets without reducing what they can do and at the same time with drastically improving the on-line store, meaning a lot more good apps need to be in the store and easy to find and buy and compatible with all devices.

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