New tablets are increasingly being unveiled and launched at a dizzying pace. When the rate of new tablets being introduced was a powerful way of measuring today market, everyone would have two devices already and be shopping for a third. The feverish pace of tablets isn't an illustration of the tablet market as a whole, though--just an indication how the race for second place is in high gear.
Just before two weeks we view demand for the HP TouchPad reach Cabbage Patch doll Black Friday levels, Lenovo quietly unveil a sub-$200 tablet, and details emerge concerning the mythic upcoming Amazon tablet.
Within under 2 months, HP went from launching the TouchPad with grandiose claims of going eyeball to eyeball using the Apple iPad to pulling the plug around the tool and leaving today business entirely. HP simply could not sell the device when priced the same as its Apple iPad 2 rival.
In reality, despite having an amount drop to $400 few were convinced. When there was a temporary weekend rebate to $300 there is tepid interest, but still not very impressive. But, when HP cleared the inventory at $99 after killing the tablet it sold them all within hours.
So, is it? Will be the answer to the tablet war competition to simply race to the bottom and undercut price?
If that's the case, it's game time! Lenovo revealed information on the IdeaPad Tablet A1 this week. The 7-inch tablet is not the greatest or fastest tablet on the market, but at $199 it includes enough features and capabilities to at least create a compelling case.
Then, there's Amazon. It's been rumored all year that Amazon is developing its Android tablet, and many pundits have take their funds on Amazon because the tablet competitor finally value going toe foot with the Ipad.
Thanks to MG Siegler of TechCrunch, there exists a firsthand account of the Kindle tablet pre-production prototype. Siegler says the 7-inch device runs a proprietary Amazon fork with the Android operating-system, and is likely to retail at $250. It really is the hype and expectations, though, this device sounds like it really is built to go head to head using the Nook Color 2, not the apple ipad 2.
Amazon may sell 5 million of these, but I am unsure it's going to dent ipad2 sales. Those who will choose the new Kindle Android tablet probably already own an iPad. During my house likely to original iPad, and an apple ipad 2, and a second-generation Kindle, and a third-generation Kindle as the iPad and the Kindle are both great devices which have some minor overlap, try not to directly contend with one another.