re: $200 Nexus Tablet Could Spell Trouble For Apple
The reason why Apple is succeeding in the tablet market is the EXACT same reason why its succeeded in the digital music player market (and it has ZERO to do with price point) - Ecosystem. I started saying this in May of 2011 with BYTE Wireless Radio 05 with Gina Smith, Craig Johnston and Fritz Nelson.
The iOS ecosystem enables users to get content where they want it, the way they want it, when they want it and how they want it. Apple's done a great deal of work to insure that the ecosystem enables vendors to sell and consumers to consume. The problem for consumers is the downstroke to enter the ecosystem, or the cost of the device.
The Android ecosystem is very disjointed. There are almost as many different ways to acquire content as there are kinds of devices. There's little to no cohesion between smartphone A and smartphone B or tablet A and tablet B, even from the same OEM manufacturer. Once you have content on your device, there really isn't a good way to manage that content for your Android device.
A low-cost tablet is not going to make it more competitive, or make it easier for consumers to use them as they would use an iPad. This is the same tact that Amazon has taken; and even though they are really the only ones with a solid way to get and manage content on their Android powered device, they still aren't predicted to over take Apple's lead in the tablet market.
If Google wants to take a big piece of this pie for themselves, they need to create a consistent ecosystem that can be used across all Android powered devices, regardless of who the OEM is. Until then, they're going to chase after Apple and be a distant 2nd or 3rd place player in this market.