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 12:55:24 PM
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.
3/19/2012 12:57:54 PM
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.
3/20/2012 1:06:57 PM
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.
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