re: Will Google-Branded Tablet Crash And Burn?
You two guys are real dweebs. Sure, there are plenty of junk Android tablets, and they're cheap. They have to be, no one wants them. When a manufacture attempts to compete directly against the iPad, they flop.
Look at the Asus Transformer Prime. This has been a very heavily touted Android model. Supposedly, another iPad killer, as have others been. But thanks to Asus being sued by Hasbro over the name, we've gotten some interesting information about sales that we never see from these other tablet manufacturers, as Apple is the only one who says how many they sell.
So, supposedly, the Prime was going to be so popular that Asus set up a Pre sales program as Apple has to do. That way, people could guarantee getting a tablet quickly as the run on the retailers who first got them ended in out of stock conditions, as happens with Apple's products.
So, how did they do? Well, they pre sold a whole 2,000 tablets. Yup, that's right, not a typo, a whole 2,000 tablets. Not exactly a rush. And how many did retailers around the world order for the quarter? 80,000. Again, that's 80,000.
The problem is that few people want an Android tablet. And when that tablet competes directly against the iPad in features, price and power, it's a flop. The article has it right, despite what Fandoids want to believe, full price Android tablets are a dud, and only cheap, poor quality ones seem to have any chance at all, and they aren't doing too well either. We can see by Samsung's recent comments about them doing "poorly" in tablet sales.
Google must do something to fix this problem. Can they? It's a good question. They now have had over two years to try, and so far they haven't.