Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Oct 2012 11:58 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Windows "This may be a good sign for Microsoft: a little over a day after putting its new Surface RT tablet up for pre-order, the entry-level $499 version of the tablet has sold out. Its estimated shipping time has slipped from October 26, Windows 8's release date, to a more nebulous 'within three weeks'." We'll see. Wouldn't be the first time a company artificially keeps supply short to generate 'sold-out' hype.
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RE: Comment by Radio
by Nelson on Thu 18th Oct 2012 16:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by Radio"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

What is the alternative? Android? Where they've collectively sold like 10 tablets?

OEMs are going to sell more Windows 8/Windows RT tablets than Android tablets. Fast.

I expect within a year that Android will be completely defeated in the high end tablet space.

Sure there will be the Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, Nooks, and the shitty Chinese tabs they sell down the block, but that will be the niche Android is forced into.

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RE[2]: Comment by Radio
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 18th Oct 2012 16:28 in reply to "RE: Comment by Radio"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

40% market share for Android tablets.

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RE[3]: Comment by Radio
by Nelson on Thu 18th Oct 2012 16:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Radio"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Nice twist. I was speaking about the premium market. Not the sub $200 tablet market that no one but Android really competes in.

A great, great majority of those are Kindle Fires and Nooks. If it even reaches 40% market share world wide I don't know, but I'd be incredibly surprised given that Kindle Fire is US only. I'd wager its something half that.

In other words, incompatible forks of Android which don't directly benefit Google.

When speaking about viable alternatives .. its not like ASUS or HP or somebody can just license the Kindle Fire, or necessarily replicate their success with vanilla Android.

Android has been utterly and completely beaten into submission at iPad price ranges, the premium market.

Windows 8 is the only alternative.

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RE[3]: Comment by Radio
by Tony Swash on Thu 18th Oct 2012 18:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Radio"
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2009-08-22

40% market share for Android tablets.


I remember about a year or so ago you saying that there was absolutely no way the iPad would have dominant tablet market share a year hence. This was said in the context of an expectation and projection that Android tablets would overtake the iPad in market share.

So what went wrong?

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RE[3]: Comment by Radio
by malxau on Thu 18th Oct 2012 18:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Radio"
malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

40% market share for Android tablets.


Citation? I don't mean to be snarky, I'm genuinely curious.

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RE[2]: Comment by Radio
by pos3 on Sat 20th Oct 2012 05:10 in reply to "RE: Comment by Radio"
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2010-06-25

OEMs are going to sell more Windows 8/Windows RT tablets than Android tablets. Fast. - depends on the country. Don't see it selling at $500 in India. If nexus 7 and iPad mini comes around $300 it would make surface doa here

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