It looks like Tim Cook has his Job (ahem.. not Steve) cut out. He’s started to make claims about tablets that run Microsoft Windows OS as “uninteresting to customers”, while Android tablets are “bizarre” and “vapor”.
According to TechCrunch, Tim Cook talks about iPad competitors as follows:__STARTQUOTE__There are two kinds of groups today (in the market) — the ones using a Windows-based operating system. They’re big, heavy and expensive. Weak battery life. Need keyboard or stylus. From our point of view, customers aren’t interested in that.
Then you have the Android tablets. The variety shipping today, the OS wasn’t designed for a tablet — but Google said this. So you wind up having the size of a tablet that’s less than reasonable. Or one that’s not even a real tablet experience. It’s a “scaled-up smartphone” – that’s a bizarre product in our view. Those are what is shipping today. If you do a side-by-side with an iPad, some enormous percentage are going to pick the iPad. We have no concern there. __ENDQUOTE__ Tim seems to be Cooking quite a controversy with these claims, not that the iPad or other Apple devices haven’t fared well. At the same time you definitely cannot rule out the fact that Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab are good enough to compete with Apple’s slate. Are we entering into another tablet war? Only time can tell.