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Dell believes it can still challenge Apple in tablet realm with Windows 8

When it comes to tablets, Apple dominates with iPad. No other tablet comes close in sales numbers globally. There are many companies out there trying to fight Apple and the tablet market with some modicum of success, particularly Amazon with its Kindle Fire. Computer maker Dell is huge in corporate markets around the United States and believes that corporate prowess will help sell tablets.
 
In the past, Dell has failed to put up any serious competition against Apple in the tablet market. Its Streak Android tablet was discontinued due to poor sales and never found the home in the corporate market Dell envisioned. One of Dell's top executives believes the popularity of the iPad could actually help a Dell tablet in the corporate market. As workers used to the iPad in the home start to press employers to allow these tablets at work rather than notebooks and other computers, Dell sees a chance thanks to its relationships with many large employers.
 
Dell's weapon to attack the tablet market in the corporate world will be tablets running Windows 8. Since Windows 8 will be more compatible with existing corporate systems and software than the iPad, Dell is hoping corporate buyers will look to its tablets instead of the iPad as more and more workers request tablets instead of notebook computers.
 
Dell's chief commercial officer Steve Felice told Reuters, "We're very encouraged by the touch capability we are seeing in the beta versions of Windows 8." He added, "We have a roadmap for tablets that we haven't announced yet. You'll see some announcements…for the back half of the year. We don't think that this market is closed off in any way."
 
Dell certainly isn't alone in looking at Windows 8 tablets to make inroads into the corporate tablet environment. Lenovo, HP, and perhaps Nokia are also planning Windows 8 tablets. Major Taiwanese makers such as ASUS are also going to be in the Windows tablet market.

Felice also said that Dell is again considering making Android tablets. 

Source: Reuters



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RE: Dell?
By Arsynic on 3/19/2012 11:35:23 AM , Rating: 3
Were they talking about Android? I thought they specifically mentioned Windows 8 tablets.


RE: Dell?
By retrospooty on 3/19/2012 11:38:21 AM , Rating: 2
They were... Still early for me. I meant to type windows 8 for Dell, then comment on android 4.

- goes for 2nd cup of coffee.


RE: Dell?
By Amedean on 3/19/2012 11:34:21 AM , Rating: 2
Does anyone have any positive experience with Dell? I cant say I have met anyone who has, I got ripped off by them, laptops were poor quality. They need to re-brand themselves if you ask me.


RE: Dell?
By anactoraaron on 3/19/2012 11:50:18 AM , Rating: 2
Their Ultrasharp monitors are high quality, and if you call to place an order with them you can even haggle them on the price. I would be one to have a positive experience with them but I can't comment on their PC's/Laptops (I have always heard to stay away from them there).

I used to own a Streak 7 tablet and it wasn't that bad after the HC update. I just stopped using it and decided to sell it.


RE: Dell?
By Flunk on 3/19/2012 12:10:02 PM , Rating: 2
I have one of their Ultrasharp monitors. It's probably the best quality monitor I've ever seen, let alone owned. Just don't pay full price because there is always some way to get them to knock the price down.


RE: Dell?
By Samus on 3/19/2012 12:55:24 PM , Rating: 2
Dell still, in my opinion, produces the best WinMo7 phone, the Venue Pro, as it is the only WinMo7 phone with a physical keyboard and acceptable battery life for business, not to mention they actually support it through Mango.


RE: Dell?
By acer905 on 3/19/2012 12:57:54 PM , Rating: 2
The Venue Pro is absolutely not the only WP7 device with a physical keyboard. However, I will agree that most likely the 1400mAh battery would provide great battery life. But, the HTC Arrive, with a landscape physical keyboard and a 1500mAh battery is a very solid device. It also is currently supported, and running smooth with Mango.


RE: Dell?
By Samus on 3/20/2012 1:06:57 PM , Rating: 2
ok, so given the choice of the two (htc and Dell) you'd be crazy to pick the htc.

dell : superior battery life, tried and true platform, reliable, gorilla glass, better keyboard/form factor, more business centric, less expensive.

htc: autofocus bug yet to be fixed, awkward slider hinge, ?

read the engadget reviews of each device.


RE: Dell?
By retrospooty on 3/19/2012 11:49:01 AM , Rating: 2
"Does anyone have any positive experience with Dell? "

The enterprise/business class laptops are really good. The Precision line has always been good and Latitude has been good for the past 3ish years. Solid and stable. Agreed though, the cheaper lines have had real bad quality problems.

Its a wait and see thing. Which Dell will show up for the tablet.


RE: Dell?
By Solandri on 3/19/2012 3:40:31 PM , Rating: 3
As with most companies' product lines, if you buy the cheap stuff it is... cheap. If you buy their mid-grade or high-tier stuff, it's usually pretty good. Even Dell's Vostro laptops (low-end business) have been fairly good in my experience. Some of the components are low-end, and the plastic plate covering the memory/HDD breaks woefully easily if you aren't careful removing it. But it's all-metal construction (except for the plate) and has pretty much ever port you could want in a laptop.

Apple's difference isn't that their products are better than other companies' products. It's that they don't have a cheap low-end product line.


RE: Dell?
By name99 on 3/19/2012 4:07:32 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Apple's difference isn't that their products are better than other companies' products. It's that they don't have a cheap low-end product line.


And given the bad reputation Dell's low end devices have, the way they have poisoned the rest of the brand, perhaps people start to see the wisdom of Apple's strategy?


RE: Dell?
By tayb on 3/19/2012 12:35:50 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't touch Dell consumer line with a 12 foot pole. Their monitors get good reviews but reviews don't cover longevity and based on what I've seen from every other consumer product they sell I wouldn't expect great things.

Their business line is solid. I would have no problems buying a server or anything from their business line of notebooks or desktops. They are built well.


RE: Dell?
By NellyFromMA on 3/19/2012 12:44:32 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with the business commentary. As far as not touching a consumer Dell PC, is this about Dell PCs or more just vendor-purchased consumer PCs in general?

I can't think of any vendor's that supply quality at any reasonable price.

Just curious what you thought.


RE: Dell?
By tayb on 3/19/2012 12:52:58 PM , Rating: 2
It depends on what you consider a reasonable price. I've purchased from Lenovo and Apple and been very pleased. The difference here is that neither of those laptops were less than $1,000. If you are asking me if there is a company that makes a quality sub-$600 notebook my answer would be no.


RE: Dell?
By SoCalBoomer on 3/19/2012 12:45:37 PM , Rating: 2
I own several Dell personal computers and bought a Dell for my mother. I've had good experiences with their service, but then being Dell certified (through work) may have something to do with that. Give my cert info and I tend to bypass most of the stuff. . . but then I also haven't had many problems with what I have purchased. . .


RE: Dell?
By DT_Reader on 3/19/2012 1:02:20 PM , Rating: 2
They have two laptop lines, corporate and consumer. Their corporate laptops are fantastic, but they won't sell you or I one for love nor money. Their consumer ones are crap.


RE: Dell?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/19/2012 1:14:20 PM , Rating: 2
For a long time Dell made some of the best non-TN panel LCD's and professional LCD's around. I'm using a Dell monitor at the moment, and yes, I'm having a positive experience. And I'm sure not all of their laptops are poor quality. They aren't bottom end Acer's or anything.

When it comes to brands we, including me, tend to generalize a bit much. Apple doesn't use magic and pixie dust in their products. Of course Dell can compete with them, so can lots of companies.


RE: Dell?
By MGSsancho on 3/19/2012 9:52:47 PM , Rating: 2
Get what you pay for. Their servers rock, their entry level switches have been running for years with our problems. their higher end Force10(Delll just bought them out) networking gear puts Cisco to shame. Dells new SAN gear is great. Dell's vostro line for business is a dream to open up and work with. Dells latitude laptop line is durable and great.

Don't put down every product a major company makes if all you got was entry level class equipment and complain when it does not perform like to expectations outside of its design goals. I have nothing but great things to say about working with Dell and their commercial service reps. If you want suggestions for what to buy, goto their small medium business section of their website and shop there. sure $50 more expensive but everything ships without bloat ware.


RE: Dell?
By Parhel on 3/22/2012 1:40:35 PM , Rating: 2
I work with Dell PowerEdge servers every day. We have several dozen of them at my office, and hundreds installed at our clients. I would definitely recommend them if asked. Not sure which Dell products have a "bad reputation," but in the consumer electronics world, 95% of what you hear is uneducated BS really.


RE: Dell?
By harshbarj on 3/20/2012 2:57:46 AM , Rating: 2
I had a dell axim x50v pda for many years and loved it. Were it not for a wall wart that died from a lightning strike I would still be using it today. Smaller and lighter than any tablet and yet still fast for internet browsing. And with a 32gb CF card it's able to store a lot of music and video.

I also have 2 laptops and while the cases leave something to be desired, electronically they are solid.


RE: Dell?
By testerguy on 3/21/2012 6:18:40 AM , Rating: 2
I had an XPS M1530 for 3 years, 1920 x 1080 resolution, HDMI out, remote control, 4GB RAM, webcam, fingerprint reader, dvd recorder, and it cost me £800 about 5 years ago, with a 4 year warranty. It actually lasted me very well. It was a little bit hot running, the battery life wasn't ideal, but it was reliable and served me well as I basically used it non-stop for that entire time.

I also have a Dell 30" monitor which is simply excellent (2560 x 1600), had that for 6 years and still going strong.


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