In the wake of this week's big news1 that HP drove a stake through the infant heart of the TouchPad and Best Buy is giving away Galaxy Tabs, several well-respected, Apple-focused tech writers have taken to the blogosphere to use the aforementioned news as evidence to further cement the notion that there is no "tablet" market. There is only an iPad market.
This is a high-stakes game. Apple is kicking everyone's asses so much in the "tablet" market that it's really not accurate to call it that. Competitors need to be great on day one to stand a chance.
Some tablet makers and OS developers are trying to convince people that their products are better than the iPad. The fact is, all they are doing is adding features to Apple's concept. Anyone can copy a concept and then add small things to it, but Apple still owns the original and consumers identify with that. Nobody is being fooled.
Apple has spend ten years working on iPhone, iPad and the integration with iTunes for app, music, and video downloads. The competition would have us believe that in a few short years they too have perfected all of this.
Apple did not beat you with the iPad. They beat you with the iPad market. A market they created out of the ashes of burning netbooks, low cost laptops, and PCs that one one really liked or wanted in the first place. There simply was no other option at the time available for them to buy otherwise. Apple created that option.
Now, granted, there will always be the "alternatives" market -- tablets for those who loathe Apple's iron-fisted ways or whatever. That's fine. But for these companies to seriously believe that [Product X] will seriously compete (let alone kill) the iPad is beyond naive. Almost as naive as those home shopping channel fuckers who believe their bargain-basement tablet that runs an OS meant for a phone is seriously a viable alternative to the real thing. What's worse, the one tablet I thought had a great chance of making it in the non-iPad market -- the TouchPad -- didn't even make it two months before dying.
Just think: the iPad doesn't even have a Retina Display…yet.
1. Not to mention that Google spent a shit-ton of money to acquire Motorola Mobility.