Enterprise Mobility: Apple iPad Killer: 10 Reasons Why It Will Never See the Light of Day

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-10-07 Print this article Print
The iPads Sales Will Preclude It From Happening

The iPads Sales Will Preclude It From Happening

If we consider the iPad 2's sales figures, it's hard to see how any device can ever be called an iPad Killer. After all, Apple is selling millions of tablets every quarter, while the company's competitors try to muster that much in a year. Sure, a device could come along and cut into iPad sales, but does anyone really expect any current or future competing tablet model to topple the iPad 2 from the top spot?
The tablet space is heating up. Companies from Apple to Amazon, and every other firm in-between, are lining up to see who can be the leader in the extremely lucrative space. So far, the leader is Apple's iPad 2. The company's tablet, which comes in at a starting price of $499, is the also the device by which all others are compared. So far, no single tablet has been able to come close to matching the iPad's sales. Even so, as new devices hit store shelves, many of them are called "iPad Killers" by fans, pundits and even analysts. Most recently, Amazon's Kindle Fire was called an iPad Killer because of its cheap price. Many agree with that sentiment, saying that the tablet has a chance to knock the iPad down from its place of prominence. Others say there isn't any chance of that happening. Either way, who cares? The fact is, if one looks at the tablet market, Apple's iPad is dominant and will remain so, according to industry researchers, for the foreseeable future. The idea that a device can only be successful if it "kills" the iPad 2 is laughable. Take a look at this eWEEK slide show to find out why there is no such thing as an iPad killer, and why that's a good thing.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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