About iPad-killers

Announcing a device, one year after the milestone has been set, and then saying you’re releasing it another 6 months later is already a bad start.

Considering the iPad and the consistent perfection with which Apple handles the UI experience, the bar is set pretty high on being able to deliver the same quality experience, let alone improving it.

So if you’re not the first, and chances are real you won’t deliver a better experience, pricing it the exact same way as the main competition  (or even worse/higher/more expensive) is not called an iPad-killer.

It’s called bad business.


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Ronny is a freelance frontend developer with a wild passion for creativity and a relentless hate against flat design. Ronny spent years as a Flash developer before moving to HTML5 and rediscovering fun and happiness.

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  1. luuk

    Nope, its called marketing 😉

  2. Popolon

    french company Archos made tablet far before Apple, and they are still cheaper (between $150 and $300, there is also lot of tablet in Asia (mainly Korea, Mainland China and Taiwan) from $50 to $300, not imported in Europe or North America because the market is not seen as ready for them. Android OS (or other linux you can install on it) has a consistent UI design and far more applications. On those platforms, you don’t have to rely on the good will of Apple to be able to use any application or any media you want to use, this is personaly the main reason to totaly ban Apple from my electronic devices. Toshiba also made tablet liter and more powerfull than iPad. Adam The new Archos models (101 home tablet, not 101 internet tablet), seen at CES on january was also far more powerfull than ipad and was expected for about $130.

  3. Ronny

    I believe you. 100%. Except that I already bought a 120$ tablet about half a year ago and it was total crap, compared to the iPad. Experience was INSANELY bad. The device was poorly made. Not to mention that that must have been the worst quality touch screen I have ever come across. I think my brick wall has a better responsiveness to touch than that particular device (which was running Android). Oh and about those applications: I wans’t able to install much as I didn’t have the correct version of Android and the Android market wasn’t installed on the device (because the manufacturer/google didn’t want to I suspect). And to tip it off: Upgrading to a newer verion of Android was no option since the manufacturer didn’t think the consumers were really need that.
    So where’s that magic 100$ tablet with a better experience and more power than the iPad? Do you have one, right now?
    No… Which is my point… Feel free to send me a worthy adversary anytime you think you might have found one 😉


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