Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lenovo's $499 Tablet, Did Not Learn HP's Touchpad Lesson

Lenovo's $499 tablet, based on Android, is going on sale.  What are its chances compared to HP's Touchpad?

I like to say that it's better because of the overwhelming number of Android users out there.  But at $499, that's where it'll go right up against the iPad 2.  And Lenovo isn't doing itself any service.

I reckon we'll see a price drop, definitely not to the level of $99 like the Touchpad.

The problem for this Lenovo tablet, isn't that is is competing with the iPad but it's also competing with similarly spec'd tablets that also run Android and in some instances, also cheaper by $100.

What this Lenovo tablet has going for it is its unique look that is definitely Thinkpad-esque.  Would that be enough to entice you to buy this over a Tab, Transformer, or a Xoom?  Oh, this tablet also takes pen input but that'll cost extra.

Perhaps, the Thinkpad look will convince enterprise users give it a chance.

The bottom line is 10" Android tablets need to cost $350.  It isn't a knock on the hardware or software.  It's what's needed to win the consumer mind share.

Source:  Sci-Tech Today.

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