Analyst anticipates the iPad to reign on top while the competition will "fall flat"

Analyst anticipates the iPad to reign on top while the competition will
Already over the 6 month mark and running a platform that's essentially been around for the better part of the last 4 years, the Apple iPad seems to be the culmination of all of Apple's innovation in the mobile space. It's especially quite notable right now in the market where it reigns supreme since it hasn't been tested by any true competitor to date.

With that in mind, analyst Chris Whitmore with Deutsche Bank believes that the large wave of competition expected to arrive on the market won't be able to nudge the iPad since it's believed to continue its wide lead in this increasingly competitive space. Whitmore said, “We believe Apple's lead in the tablet market will prove difficult to close by the onslaught of competing products coming over the next several quarters. Ultimately, we expect the slew of upcoming competition to fall flat from a user experience standpoint while stuggl[ing] to materially undercut the iPad on price.”

Those are surely strong words, but we'd imagine that competing manufacturers will be keeping a close eye this holiday season to see how the tablet landscape will change. When you dig deeper into it, the latest crop of tablets, whether it be Samsung's Galaxy Tab or RIM's PlayBook, they're all said to combine first-generation hardware which are powered by platforms that are “entirely unproven relative to Apple's nearly 4-year old iOS.”

Nevertheless, it'll undoubtedly be interesting to see how the competition will adapt to Apple's tight grasp, but it might all come down to competitive pricing – which is still the one million dollar question surrounding the latest crew of tablets.

via Electronista

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1. pingpong

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I've learned to never listen to "analysts" as they seem to be as accurate as a coin flip in terms of predictions.

6. tuminatr

Posts: 1151; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

same annalists said Iphone would always be #1, they will be wrong be next year

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea, because people want a "4 year old OS" with no major improvements as well as no multitasking and limited (no flash) web browsing for 600 bux. Sounds more like an iphone fanboy and less like an analist. Even the Galaxy Tab does more than that, and its not even an optimized (3.0) tablet. I wish analists would lose their job everytime they make such stupid statements and get it so blatantly wrong. That would teach them to do research before they open their mouth.. lol

2. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

How the hell are the Android and Blackberry platforms unproven? What does this "analyst" analysis because it sure as shit isn't the mobile market...

3. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

They are totally unproven. Who is going to go by the bb playbook. A confused football player maybe? Come on. The ipad does the internet, games whatever you need. It is lacking a usb and camera, but you can bet that will be fixed in the coming months. The samsung tab had a chance but since you cant do voice calls it will end up being a NOTHING! Here's a hint, stop betting against Apple. Weather you like them or not, they keep winning!

5. dionalysis unregistered

"It is lacking a usb..., but you bet that will be fixed in the coming months" -If "fixed" means the consumer will have to purchase an accessory (probably @ $30 ) to plug into the iPad and accept a USB drive, then yes. Accessory makers love Apple because apple products require so many after marker accessories to make it a complete product. Then, in @ a year, apple adds 1 new feature an a new model (a feature that should've been included on the original model), and changes the design just enough so previous accessories won't work and you to buy all new stuff. No thank you

12. BikeRunBrian

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

Watch out, blind pedestrian crossing.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

hawk, they arent winning anymore, android is. who would want a blackberry playbook? the business world, and millions of blackberry fans out there. Who would want an android tablet? Anyone in any category as they will be made with a huge array of specs for price range and uses. The real question is why the hell would u spend 600 on a Ipad that doesnt do flash, multitask, have cameras, usb ports, hdmi ports... or anything.. i mean really. I have to use one of these stupid things in class since the college bought them. they are just giant ipods. Nothing special at all.

4. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

The Blackberry Playbook looks great, I'm sure it will sell well.

7. spiceman unregistered

I was excited about the Galaxy pad. Now It's no phone, no super amoled and more expensive than the ipad. Three strikes I'm out! I hope that by this time next year the whole world will be in the palm of our hands but for now Apple wins. But not for long I hope. The Galaxy S IS better than the iphone. Ha Ha!!!

8. applesr4eating

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

I've said it once I will say it again, there is no tablet market only iDiots who WILL buy any and everything Crapple places out on the market. Why do you think earlier adopters of the iMaxi are so happy with the device while later adopters are a little less satisfied, there is no market. I am also certain PA cherry picked quotes to cheer on their team. BTW I wonder if PA's sponsers ever read the crap they post here, there products never get a fair shake when compared to Crapple. Seems sort of like a dysfunctional relationship if you ask me.

11. RobC unregistered

You bring up a point that I think many miss. The iPad's customer satisfacition rate is much higher with the early adopters. Most likely because that original rush was the Apple faithful and they will most likely never be unsatisfied with Apple. Those who waited for whatever reason: saving up, weighing options, curiosity seem to be less satisfied probably because the iPad did not live up to it's magical and revolutionry reputation or they now have buyer's remorse since a new iPad and competitors will be coming out with features not to be found on the original iPad.

9. applesr4eating

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

What is this Bull Shit about the competitions OS being unproven anyway, Android has been around and is proven. Wonder if the PA Team is lying, just look to see if they make a post about Apple, then you know their lying.

10. i.hate.crapple unregistered

i would definitely agree that this analyst is an Apple fanboy like the rest of you.

17. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Hey, cool user ID!! +1

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I would like to say that analysts are just that they take data and play fortune telling with it, we must observe there was a sertain increase on ipad sale cuz they took a 10 year's old product and brought it Back to the market. Pads aren't new so if you get all the info in how pads have being selling these last few years you will see a great peack on the ipad, plus the galaxy sales haven't gone propertly yet , so I wonder what was the actual competition that was used to get to this conclusion (probably that internet pad sold on ebay for $120) A friends of mine use to say these things are never accurate, and he woks on that kind of stuff.

16. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

At least the playbook doesn't have the word "pad" in its name. I doubt the picture looks as grim as this analyst says, but I suspect in the tablet market, it's going to be a race to number 2 for a few years. I'm interested in the Playbook.

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