Dell Thinks Tablet Market is Still Wide Open, Hopes to Compete with iPad
March 19, 2012 10:06 AM
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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
, "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
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.
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3/19/2012 12:35:50 PM
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.
3/19/2012 12:44:32 PM
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.
3/19/2012 12:52:58 PM
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.
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