Analyst: Windows 8 Tablet Pricing Is Too High
October 11, 2012 9:08 AM
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Are Windows 8 tablets an expensive bag of fail?
We all know that Microsoft, and its partners are going to be pushing Windows 8 heavily for tablets. The
Windows 8 tablets we've seen so far
have some interesting features, but are also saddled with expensive prices. Bob O'Donnell, an analyst from the research firm IDC, thinks that Windows 8 tablets are simply too expensive.
O'Donnell doesn't believe the traditional PC pricing on Windows 8 tablets bodes well for the new hybrid devices. The Windows 8 tablets we've seen so far from Acer and Lenovo that are able to convert between tablet and laptop use come in at a price between $499 and $1099 depending on options.
Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 starts at $1,099
"The problem is these things are priced way too high. Look at the history of tablet products priced above the iPad. Not pretty," O'Donnell told
Computer manufacturers are hoping that consumers will see the value in Windows 8 tablets that are promising better productivity thanks to keyboards and the Windows operating system that tablets such as the iPad can't offer.
The analyst believes that the
Microsoft Surface tablet
won't undercut the pricing of Apple’s iPad. O'Donnell says that he expects the RT version of the Surface tablet to sell for $599 and the Intel-powered version to sell for $999.
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RE: bad time
10/12/2012 5:08:39 AM
But the I-pad is just a tablet, it has limited productivity.
$1000 gets you an i5 or i7 powered laptop and tablet (2 in 1), with ssd and 2gb of ram. an i-pad plus macbook air will set you back way more $ than 1 laptop covertable that can do both.
If I just wanted to play angry birds, I would get an I-pad, but if I wanted a serious productivity device the Win 8 tablets are the way to go.
RE: bad time
10/15/2012 12:45:57 PM
This is the exact mentality that made the very first tablets (pre iPad) in the marketplace fail. People don't want an all-out computer in a tablet form. It's too hard to use that tablet form for productivity and the full OS's were not suitable to run with simply a touchscreen as the user interface.
Apple is the first company to get it right. You create a tablet with a simple user interface and have dedicated App's as the software. If you wan't a powerful productivity tool, stick with an actual computer with a real keyboard and mouse. And no, I don't want to hook up a bluetooth keyboard and mouse to a tablet as that negates the whole point of even having a tablet... something portable that's quick and easy to use.
It amazes me how many people still don't get it!
RE: bad time
10/16/2012 4:42:59 PM
*NO* tablet is a serious productivity device regardless of the OS!
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