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Apple COO Tim Cook came out fighting when asked about competing tablets during the Apple earnings call yesterday, calling them "big," "heavy," "expensive," and "bizarre." The company's acting head made...
01-19-2011, 10:13 AM #1
Tim Cook Disses Android, Windows Tablets
Apple COO Tim Cook came out fighting when asked about competing tablets during the Apple earnings call yesterday, calling them "big," "heavy," "expensive," and "bizarre." The company's acting head made it clear that he shared the hard-driving confidence of founder Steve Jobs when he said that "there's not much out there" in terms of competition. Motorola spinoff Motorola Mobility and Research In Motion showed off new tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show that are expected to go on sale sometime in late March. But in terms of current competition, Cook said that there are only two alternatives to the iPad: Windows and Android tablets. And he minced no words in dissing both competitors.
When it comes to Windows tablets, he dismissed them as "big, heavy and expensive" devices with "very weak battery life" which "require a keyboard or stylus as an input device." He expressed his point of view that "customers are frankly not interested in them," which is reasonable given the fact that Windows tablets have been available for ten years and never caught on. Even market leader HP is having a hard time getting its Slate tablet to market, apparently focusing more on the webOS platform it bought from Palm.
Cook was no less disparaging of Android. Pointing out the fact that even Google has acknowledged that currently-shipping versions of Android were designed for smartphones, he said the size of Android tablets on the market is not "one that would provide what we feel is a real tablet experience." The result, he said was "a scaled-up smartphone, which is a bizarre product in our view." Cook referred to next-generation Android Honeycomb tablets, such as those demonstrated at CES this year, as "vapor," saying that Apple would "assess them as they come out."
However, he added, Apple was "not sitting still," he said, and has a "huge first mover advantage" by being first out of the starting gate in a big way with tablets, with - according to some estimates - 20 million iPads in users' hands before the first Honeycomb tablet hits the market. "So," he concluded, "we're very, very confident with entering into a fight with anyone."
01-19-2011, 10:21 AM #2
I come bearing a gift. I'll give you a hint. It's in my diaper and it's not a toaster.
01-19-2011, 10:29 AM #3
What would anyone expect him to say? He's the COO of Apple. He's not gonna be like, "Well it's a great alternative for anyone who doesn't dig iOS. You should pick one up and try it." I'm pretty sure the employee handbook for anyone who works at Apple has two pages with big bold font saying "APPLE IS BEST EVERYTHING SO SAY THAT AND OTHER STUFF SUCKS, THX".
01-19-2011, 10:31 AM #4
So doesn't that mean the current iPad is a scaled up iPod?If I can't mod it...I don't want it.
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01-19-2011, 11:02 AM #7
"big, heavy and expensive"?
now that's a bizarre statement if ever I heard one. and I cant think of anything more expensive than spending several hundred dollars for an iDevice only for it to become outdated 6 months later when Apple introduces the "next gen" device.
01-19-2011, 11:08 AM #8
Apple doesn't release update products within 12 months, not our fault if you buy a apple product 6 months into production.
In fact, android and motorola introduce MANY MANY different models, within only 2-3 months of each other. Trying to have the best android product all year is far more expensive then owning the best apple product all year.I come bearing a gift. I'll give you a hint. It's in my diaper and it's not a toaster.
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01-19-2011, 11:13 AM #9
Hahaha that article image is hilarious.
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I like it a lot, mr Cook
01-19-2011, 11:31 AM #12
First off hilarious image I laughed my *** off, secondly, good competition is healthy and should see good thing come this way hopefully hell have some good ideas to make it better or at least lower the price lol
01-19-2011, 11:42 AM #13
That picture is awesome hahaha.
01-19-2011, 11:59 AM #14
War Eagle Tim!! Tear 'em up!
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01-19-2011, 01:08 PM #18
I didn't disagree with the statement that the current tablets like the Galaxy is nothing but a up-scaled phone. That will change soon enough as well.
If Apple put true full version mac osx on the iPad at the current pricing I would buy 1 in a heart beat, as it is now it's a over sized iPod, or iPhone with no phone.
If I can't mod it...I don't want it.
01-19-2011, 01:13 PM #19
So when someone wants Flash, you reduce it to them wanting a full experience of Farmville?
I use Flash a lot when I'm browsing. Not a problem on a Droid.
I don't care about all the loyalties. I'll never buy an iPad but I definitely love having an iPhone (Once we get past all this tethered business).
01-19-2011, 01:34 PM #20