The iPad's been around for a while now, and although reviews have generally been positive, their are a few Flash and USB-shaped tweaks that many consumers are clamouring for.
Luckily, every electronics
company worth their salt has decided to ignore Steve Jobs’ recent
disparaging comments and are currently rushing out hundreds of slate
computing options in the hope of slicing off a piece of the
sure-to-be-massive tablet computing pie.
With so many quirkily named
Korean imports doing the rounds, we decided it was time to have a look
through the top options and see how they shape up, and if they could be
responsible for the iPad’s recent poor market performance.
Just in time
for Christmas, here are my top ten alternative tablet options:
Are you ready to buy desktop applications through an app store? Apple thinks you are. In the next few months, it will roll out the Mac app store, which will let Mac owners purchase desktop software apps the same way iPhone owners purchase apps for their phone. And Microsoft has plans of its own for a Windows desktop software app store.
The big question: will the app store model work on the desktop? And is the desktop even a market worth targeting?
The Financial Times is one of the few major print publishers that has
succeeded in a big way with paid content. And while other print
publishers who hoped that the iPad would help them revitalize their
businesses struggle with the iPad, the FT looks like it has extended its
existing success to the platform.
According to The Guardian, the FT's iPad app has now produced more than
£1m in ad revenue since it was released to the public in May. What's
more: of the 400,000 people who have downloaded the app, a decent number
are subscribing; the iPad app now delivers 10% of the FT's new digital
Attention advertisers: what's bigger than Sunday Night Football and
Dancing with the Stars, and nearly as big as American Idol? Answer: the
audience of iOS social games.
At least that's according to smartphone analytics provider and mobile ad
network Flurry, which has a strong message for advertisers.
Prior to the launch of the iPad, many magazine publishers hoped that the
iPad might do for them what the iPod and iTunes did for digital music:
provided a viable marketplace for them to sell their wares. Operative
Getting consumers to pay for content has, of course, proven challenging
for many magazine publishers. And despite the warm reception the iPad
has received from consumers, it hasn't exactly meant overnight success
for publishers that have rushed to develop iPad versions of their
The Telegraph launched its first app for the iPad today, bringing the 'editor's selections' to the device. The app will be available for download daily from 5am.
It's a free app, for a limited period anyway, which will be sponsored by Audi for the first 12 weeks. It's an interesting move, and a good alternative to the paid apps from The Times and others.
I've been trying the new app out...
Zara finally launched online in the UK this month, but it also recently updated its mobile presence, and now offers transactional apps for the iPhone and iPad.
I looked at the previous Zara iPhone app in January and it was pretty useless, with just a few product pictures, with no prices, and not even a store locator tool.
I've been trying out the iPhone and iPad apps so see if Zara has improved its mobile offering, but have found plenty of issues with both...
Apple may appear to be on top of the mobile world thanks to the iPhone
and iPad. But according to analysts at Gartner, Apple iOS market share
will peak at 17.1% in 2011 and drop to 14.9% by 2014.
At the same time, Android, which had just under 4% of
the mobile OS market in 2009, will rise significantly this year to become the
leading mobile operating system in North America. By 2014, Gartner
believes Android will be just about neck and neck globally with Nokia's
Symbian OS. Combined, Android and Symbian will have control of
approximately 60% of the mobile OS market in 2014, leaving Apple and iOS
in the dust.
Not sure why Apple hasn't permitted your awesome iPad app in the App
Store? Worried about developing an iPhone app using anything but
Rejoice. Yesterday Apple made a major, unexpected announcement: it's
going to be providing official guidelines "to help developers understand
how we review submitted apps" and it's also easing restrictions on the
tools developers can employ when developing for the iPhone/iPad.
The platforms offered by companies like Facebook, Twitter and Apple
offer entrepreneurs some very compelling features. They often bring to
the table built-in audiences, and, in some cases, established business
For reasons like these, it's no surprise that a growing number of
entrepreneurs are building entire companies on top of a specific
platform. And it's no surprise that investors have flocked to back them.