While the tech world - and consumers at large - seem deeply divided about the iPad, it does seem other companies are far less intimidated by Apple's latest creation than they were by the likes of the iPhone and iPod touch.
Underlining that impression one week on from the somewhat disappointing launch are Acer and Google. The former has seen Taiwan president Scott Lin confirm it will be sticking to netbooks and smartbooks and while he didn't dismiss the iPad specifically, he questioned its wider relevance:
“Historically, closed platforms are typically limited in terms of scale and are confined to niche markets,” he said. “Apple has built its business out of carving its own niche, which means that while Apple could see success with devices like the iPad, other players are unlikely to be able to replicate its result simply by copying.”
As for Google, it has tablet ideas of its own and shown how its impending Chrome OS could work on a tablet. Key points to note here are that this is just a concept, but also it features multi-touch (something the company has been strangely cautious of up to now) and - in my opinion - a UI to die for. Make it happen Google!