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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 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
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?

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