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Dell And HP Hit Out Against The iPad

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It is fair to say that Apple is the dominant force in the tablet market. With over 16 million iPads sold so far, no one is coming within an ass’s roar of its success and competitors have this week been lining up to try and knock the Cupertino company.

Speaking to CIO Australia, Dell’s global head of marketing for large enterprises and public organisations, Andy Lark, said the iPad would “ultimately fail in the enterprise.” He went on to say that while he was delighted that Apple created the market and has built up enthusiasm for tablets in general, he believes “that already Android is outpacing them.” Considering that no Android tablet has come even close to matching the complete package offered by Apple and that the first Honeycomb-powered tablet in the UK, the Asus Transformer, will only arrive next week the statement seems a little far fetched. But Lark wasn’t finished there.
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He went on to say Apple’s pricing of the iPad was too expensive: "An iPad with a keyboard, a mouse and a case {means} you'll be at $1500 or $1600; that's double of what you're paying." Even the most ardent Apple opposer will be able to see that his figures don’t stack up. If you take it that he’s talking in Australian dollars and go for the most expensive iPad 2 (AU$949) it would be hard to make up the rest with a keyboard and mouse. Lark has since said he was talking about New Zealand dollars (£760) but it still doesn’t explain his other comments.
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Dell are not the only company having a pop at Apple though, with HP vice president Steven DeWitt having a go at Apple’s relationship with partners calling it “transactional” and that his company was far more friendly towards partners. However, how much the punter on the street cares about Apple's or HP’s relationship with its partners is debatable. Finally, Microsoft had a go at tablets in general despite having Windows on a number of tablet devices already. Its global chief research and strategy officer, Craig Mundie, said that he didn’t know if tablets, such as the iPad 2 would “remain with us or not.” He said that the smartphone would become the more crucial technology in the future.

Source: CIO Australia and mobile-review

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