Dell to take on iPad with ton of tablets
Five screen sizes, two or three OSes
Dell will roll out its 7in tablet "within in the next few weeks" - along with a 3in version - but there will be a longer wait for the 10in version, a company exec has revealed.
Said official is Dell Greater China President Amit Midha, in an interview by the Wall Street Journal. Midha said the 10in Streak won't arrive for a least six more months - basically, a Q2/Q3 2011 launch.
He also said more 3in and some 4in gadgets will debut in the same timeframe, and while the 7in version - as shown by CEO Michael Dell at an Oracle convention last week - will run Google's Android, some models will come with Windows on board.
Dell hasn't ruled out - or ruled in - using Google's Chrome OS too, Midha said.
Either way, it's clear that Dell is taking a scatter gun approach to mobile internet devices: offer lots of different screen sizes and a variety of operating systems to ensure as few potential buyers get left out as possible. ®
failed tactics and vaporware
If you make a slew of products "hoping"one of them catches on, you've already failed at market analysis and clearly don't understand your customer base needs. Further, by releasing a half dozen products, you complicate what the devs are needing to code for, increase your own R&D costs, and manufacture fewer of each device, leaving a higher individual cost to make with higher software costs and less software selection. Complicate this by offering more than one OS and households looking for more than 1 form factor can't share apps and have vastly different user experiences.
Plus, with a true tablet (10"+) not coming out for 6+ months (lets call it 9 months), Apple only has that much more time to establish a stranglehold, and other products will also fail in the meantime leading analysts to proclaim Dells latest as nothing more than the next failed attempt.
I'm not the biggest apple fan, but I have to admit, the single OS, focused development, limited device variation, continued improvement in OS and hardware based on real market analysis and consumer feedback, high device build quality, cross platform support, shared app and content methodology (buy one ap, use it on up to 5 iOS devices on a single machine, and up to 5 machines on a single account) and a price point that no one else has yet matched? Anyone coming out with a similar performing (or better) device better plan on finding a price point more than $200 below the iPad or they will fail wen people honestly compare the whole package. Consumers in general don;t care about specs, they care about function, is it easy to use, can they find accessories, can they get support easily, and does it work with their existing other stuff (and their friend's stuff). Android has a big following, but its mostly limited to apple haterz ad the people Verizon and Sprint have literally shoved an Android device into the hands of that have no business (or want) to have it. Its complex, insecure, expensive, and fragmented. Feature for price, its a hard swallow unless it;s a lot cheaper. Phones are easy to choose from, and are not expected to do a lot, and a customer dissapoint can often be overcome with contract discounts. Tablets are a tough market since there's no recurring revenue stream. If a customer doesn't like the device, they return it. Dell is gonna loose tens of millions on this venture.
" Dell is taking a scatter gun approach to mobile internet devices: offer lots of different screen sizes and a variety of operating systems to ensure as few potential buyers get left out as possible"
Should surely read:
"Dell is taking a scatter gun approach to mobile internet devices: offer lots of different screen sizes and a variety of operating systems to ensure as few potential buyers as possible"
The aggro updating the streak firmware, multiplied across multiple platforms? Surely a turn off of Archos proportions.
Any size any OS?
@Avatar of They, it's worse then that, I think they are probably talking some form of WinCE.
This approach would be interesting if you could get any size with any OS (before you say that's crazy, these probably all have ARMs in them and the hardware is probably quite similar other than screen size). Otherwise, though, I just see it being a bit of a mess... "Oh, you can't get *7 inch* with Android, only the 6 and the 9" and so on.
Multimedia dwarfs any OS
> What possible system would you want that is touch screen, yet has to have a whirring HDD and AV all the time just to fit the bloated win7
Anything that has enough room for my MP3 collection can accomodate any real OS. Add video into the mix and you quickly dwarf any operating system regardless of the size. My favorite PMP has a 500G hard drive not for the OS but for it's ability to hold all of my music, all of my pictures, and a respectable number of videos.
Good god no!
We are talking internet tablets and he mentioned windows.
What possible system would you want that is touch screen, yet has to have a whirring HDD and AV all the time just to fit the bloated win7. Not to mention the loss of the light weight, go anywhere appeal if you are talking 2 minute boot up time, restart after each app installs etc.
Then again seeing that video of Mr Dell showing off the android, and the "swipe once, swipe twice, swipe five times and then it responds" approach. I don't hold out much hope for Dell getting anything out the stores.