Why the iPad Is the Most Hated Gadget Ever?

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As the Apple iPad succeeds beyond expectations, it leaves in its wake an enormous body count of dead and dying products. While consumers love it, several major industries have grown to hate it. And for very good reason.


Why Tablet Competitors Hate the iPad

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The iPad was supposed to usher in a new era of tablet computing, creating a thriving new market that looked a lot like the world of smart phones.

After gaining an early lead, the iPad was supposed to settle in as a big seller, dominating the high end of the market. Android tablets were supposed to grab most of the unit sales, offering a variety of successful sizes, options and price points. And tablets running proprietary platforms like HP’s WebOS and RIM’s BlackBerry Tablet OS were supposed to bring healthy new sources of revenue to those companies.

But that’s not what happened.

What happened is that Apple has asserted an unshakable lead, and no other company other than Amazon has taken significant share.

What’s worse, the vast distance between expectations for non-iPad touch tablets and the ugly reality is causing havoc and possibly even wrecking companies and even transforming entire industries.

The first major casualty was the HP TouchPad, which shipped July 1. Although HP had enormously high hopes for the tablet, its reception in the market was so bad that seven weeks later HP announced the termination of all WebOS hardware products.

Retail stores had literally hundreds of thousands of units that they knew would never sell at the initial price that started at $500. So they had a fire sale to dump the products starting at $99 each, a price far below cost. In the end, HP had to take a $1 billion cash charge on the fiasco.

The bloodbath was just beginning. Next up: RIM. The company’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has sold better than the TouchPad, but sales were disappointing and have declined since the launch on April 19. RIM’s estimates for unit sales were 2.4 million for second fiscal quarter, but they ended up selling only 200 thousand of them.

In order to dump inventory, RIM temporarily cut $300 off the price of each tablet, selling far below cost.

The company had to take a $485 million charge on losses from the PlayBook miscalculation.

Another factor is the Amazon Kindle, which is sold by Amazon at a loss to be recouped later with content purchased on Amazon.com.

Here’s the under-appreciated reality of all this: HP, RIM and Amazon have all moved millions of touch tablets into the market at below cost. This has caused two problems for the market. First, it’s created a domino effect. HP’s fire sale on the TouchPad cut demand for the BlackBerry PlayBook, reducing unit sales. That contributed to RIM’s need for a fire sale of its own. (Plus, Amazon has probably long intended to sell below cost.)

All this crazy, unexpected discounting has both artificially taken market share away from the various Android tablets, and re-set consumer expectations about how much a touch tablet is supposed to cost.

Now, the only way to sell a non-iPad tablet in any significant quantity is to sell it below cost.

Android tablet makers are faced with the choice between making a little money on each tablet but selling few, or losing money on each tablet and selling many.

It’s a horrible state of affairs for the tablet industry, unless you’re Apple or Amazon. And it’s almost entirely the fault of the iPad.

The iPad’s reception convinced the industry that they could succeed, too. The success of the iPad made HP and RIM vastly over-estimate demand. And the success of the iPad made it impossible to compete against the iPad in the market, forcing companies to ultimately dump inventory at below cost and, in doing so, nearly destroy the Android tablet market.

That’s why the consumer tablet industry hates the iPad. But they’re not the only ones.

Why Vertical Tablet Makers Hate the iPad

Tablets have been around for many years in various vertical industries.

The aviation industry offers something called the “electronic flight bag.” Several companies have sold expensive, dedicated tablets that give both professional and private pilots a variety of tools and charts necessary for aviation, as electronic replacements for the paper resources that used to be standard.

But the iPad is destroying that industry. The iPad hardware is much better. The interface is much better. iPads are far less expensive. And they can be used for other things. Pilot tools are provided as simple apps.

The electronic flight bag industry hates the iPad.

The same thing goes for a large number of industries, such as medicine, retail and many others. Everything was going fine. And now the iPad comes out of nowhere to destroy their expectations — and their revenue.

Why The Toy Industry Hates the iPad

The number one most requested toy for Christmas this year is the iPad.

And it’s also popular among parents as a gift for their children.

And boy does the toy industry hate that. The reason is that the iPad replaces not a single toy type, but thousands of them.

Apps make the iPad a replacement for all kinds of toys that parents now don’t have to buy. So the hardware takes away money that would have been spent on toys, then the apps take away money that parents would later spend on games, content, coloring books and so on.

Why the PC Industry Hates the iPad

The iPad has really thrown a monkey wrench into the PC industry.

One of the hottest segments three years ago was the tiny netbook. Many PC companies are still relying on netbook revenue. But, increasingly, they can’t.

Dell announced yesterday, for example, that it plans to discontinue consumer netbooks. Apparently iPads are too compelling an alternative. Instead, Dell plans to aggressively pursue ultra-portables that compete with the MacBook Air. Good luck with that.

Meanwhile, the Dells of the world have a bigger problem, which is that some people are using their iPad as an alternative to a full-size laptop or desktop.

Former PC World Editor-in-Chief and current Technologizer writer Harry McCracken said last week that the iPad 2 has become his favorite computer. McCracken wrote: “I think it’s possible to use an iPad as one’s primary device for professional-level content creation. Actually, scratch that. I’m positive it’s possible — because I’ve been doing it for the past three months, and I’ve been having a really good time.”

The number of people who favor an iPad as their main computing environment is small but growing.

And the PC industry hates that.

Why Amazon Will Soon Hate the iPad


The Amazon Kindle Fire is the only non-iPad touch tablet currently succeeding in the market.

The main reason is price. At $200, it’s far less than half the price of the iPad.

The other reason is that people like Amazon-specific goodies like free cloud service and easy access to Amazon content and shopping.

But mostly it’s the price.

It has also become clear in recent weeks that the Kindle Fire is a piece of crap.

The tablet has no physical volume buttons; no privacy, security or parental controls to speak of; a clunky user interface; not enough storage; an old version of Android; and a host of other problems.

The Amazon Kindle Fire fits the description Steve Jobs once gave for the netbook. The problem with the Kindle Fire is that it’s not better than anything. It’s just cheap.

The Kindle Fire is far less expensive than the iPad for two reasons. First, Amazon is selling it at a loss, while Apple makes a huge profit on every iPad. But second, the Kindle Fire is a 7-inch screen device and the iPad is a nearly 10-inch one. The screen, the battery, some electronics and some materials are far cheaper on a smaller device.

Now there’s a rumor that Apple plans to replace the iPod Touch with a 7.85-inch iPad. The rumor looks as solid as such rumors get. Plus it makes perfect sense for Apple to do this.

Given Apple’s economies of scale, it’s likely that Apple could sell the iPad at the same price as the current iPod Touch — $199 — which is also, of course, the same price as the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Merely announcing such a product would immediately hammer Kindle Fire sales. And actually shipping it would be devastating. Why would you buy a Smart ForTwo car if you could buy an Infinity M37 for the same price?

Consumers love the iPad. But the unprecedented success of the iPad is laying waste to products, product categories, companies and even entire industries, and nobody can stop it. Never before in the history of consumer electronics has a single product earned so much love – and so much hate.
http://www.cultofmac.com/135844/why-the-ipad-is-the-most-hated-gadget-ever/
 

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Article does not even mention Samsung ? They are doing pretty well too !
 

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Welcome to the free market, you lead by innovation. Apple innovated. Companies that can keep up deserve its place and the rest will be left behind, in the end, the winners are us, the consumers.
 

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Its because Apple is suing almost every tech company (samsung, motorola...) and there mite be even more to come. wasnt the iPad the first full touch tablet made? Maybe thats why its hated; because consumers see the iPad as the original and the others as "cheap immitations".
 

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While cult of mac is clearly a pro Apple website and most of the article is probably true. It just seems full of whining.

Yes apple has made a great product. But the competitors made the mistake of making "also ran" products. Too many competitors just slapped a similar product that was heavier with worse battery life and charged the same price or more.

The tablet is meant to be a media consumption device and I see a huge market for a device designed purely a such. If a competitor can make me a 7', 8.9' and a 10.1' inch tablet that has a 8gb internal memory and a micro sd card slot for expansion I will be happy. A tablet does not need a gps or a rear facing camera, nobody uses these so stop wasting time and money putting them in. A tablet is not meant to be a giant cell phone.

Make sure you can bring in the 7' at about R2500 and the 10.1' at about R3500 and you will secure yourself a large market share. A good tablet should come in just below the price of a low end laptop, that is the pricing sweet spot.


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Apple will never release an 8" iPad. Rumours are rumours. Rest of the article, well, I'm sorry but HP and RIM suffered from a tremendous amount of hubris in thinking they could rush to market with an iPad beater, and they deserved to take a bath. Microsoft is already aligning its software strategy with tablets in view. iPad had a huge lead in the market, at least 2 years ahead of anybody else, and it should have been obvious that they couldn't slap Android onto a tablet and sell for the same price and hope to compete. I would discredit the entire Amazon section though; iPad won't go down to the 200 mark, ever. They have no incentive to do so. The Kindle Fire software will also improve incrementally and it will become a solid category device.
 

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Why don't we ever see fire sales?

We get a 10% discount and they pay 1/5th the price!
 

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Most 'smart' consumers would go for the Samsung.
That's why I've ordered the new Galaxy 7+ :)
 

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Most 'smart' consumers would go for the Samsung.
That's why I've ordered the new Galaxy 7+ :)

That post contained really helpful unbiased information that potential tablet customers can use to make an informed choice.
 

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Its because Apple is suing almost every tech company (samsung, motorola...) and there mite be even more to come. wasnt the iPad the first full touch tablet made? Maybe thats why its hated; because consumers see the iPad as the original and the others as "cheap immitations".

I don't really think consumers are making decisions based on who is suing who. Like it or not, Apple got the combination of device, GUI, pricing, distribution, marketing and desirability right first. I've always thought the company with the best chance of competing long-term was Amazon 'cos the Kindle has been out there for a while and, IMO, Amazon and Kindle have a little brand magic that companies like Samsung and Asus lack. Competitors, as the article says, need a game changer 'tho and for all the fandroidism on this forum, can anyone really say the tablets out there are anything other than alternatives to the iPad... Not the one device you HAVE to have.

Most 'smart' consumers would go for the Samsung.
That's why I've ordered the new Galaxy 7+ :)

:eek: No smart people in the aviation or medical industries...?? Note to self, move into a cave.
 

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:eek: No smart people in the aviation or medical industries...?? Note to self, move into a cave.

I wanted to move into the cave next you but some Samsung schmuck had beat me to it. There goes the neighborhood...
 

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Most 'smart' consumers would go for the Samsung.
That's why I've ordered the new Galaxy 7+ :)
I don't think its about being a smart consumer, although you think you are smart by being anti mainstream. You don't want to be labled part of the sheeple, so you will rather tell yourself and everybody else that will listen that everybody that buys apple is an idiot. The jokes on you, the iPad is the best at what a tablet is suppose to be and your bias is stopping you from buying a truly great product. Enjoy your 7" imitation.
 

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@ Jakes147
I am interested in getting a tablet. Why would you say the iPad is better? Can you give a proper comparrison?
 

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@ Jakes147
I am interested in getting a tablet. Why would you say the iPad is better? Can you give a proper comparrison?

I wouldn't ask in the Apple section TBH - nor an owner!

Your best bet would be Google reviews or another section of the forum may help (off topic)
 

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I am interested in getting a tablet. Why would you say the iPad is better? Can you give a proper comparrison?

By far the most mature app ecosystem. Android tablet apps are only beginning to come out. It'll take another 2 years for the app ecosystem(tablet not phone) to mature to the point where it can compete with the iPad.

For most people a tablet is only as good its apps.
 

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Its because Apple is suing almost every tech company (samsung, motorola...) and there mite be even more to come. wasnt the iPad the first full touch tablet made? Maybe thats why its hated; because consumers see the iPad as the original and the others as "cheap immitations".

It was the first cheap tablet and light product. Apple made computing fasionable and thats what most people buy in to.. The idea of owning a piece of the trend. Apple learned from the collosal flop that was the Newton as that was a 'technical marvel' that no-one understood.

I still have a Fujitsu stylistic tablet pc bought 8 years ago.. And even then it was 2nd hand (1Ghz centrino)
 

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I am interested in getting a tablet. Why would you say the iPad is better? Can you give a proper comparrison?
I don't think there's much noticible differance when it comes to hardware, but iOS currently functions better than android for an integrated user experience. Maybe ICS will change the game.

at price parity, the iPad 2 is a better bet for the average user, since it’s a more stable, near-perfect device with a rich assortment of apps for nearly every possible function you’d like to perform on your tablet. Therefore, unless you’ve got a grudge against Apple for some reason, or are enamored with the idea of having a more configurable tablet, there’s not a lot of justification to go with the less mature, less established device at the same price
 
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