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For as long as the tablet market has been around it seems, Apple has been at the head of the pack, consistently leading. The iPad still sits atop every other tablet. Sales might be slowing down for certain models, such as the Mini or other smaller screened tablets. This is all thanks to the emerging phablet market (Apple, you kind of did it to yourselves, so you can’t be too mad). There’s a reason why Apple has stayed on top for so long though. Yes they’re quality products that can get the job done when you need it to. They are also a very big fashion statement. Because of this, Apple has been and remained king of the tablet world. Too many tablets have tried to differentiate themselves from Apple in order to maintain identity, but is that the best way to go about it?
There are a few tablets that would bring some merit to the old adage, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”
Should Tablets Remain Different?…
Every brand is different than the other. If not by a hugely noticeable performance margin, at least by their logo. That’s the thing though. Many of these brands that come out with new tablets annually or semi-annually want to give us something new. There is nothing wrong with that at all. I like new. I love it actually, as do many other people out there. When I see a new tablet coming out, I’m waiting to see what will be different about this one as opposed to the many others that I’ve seen recently. Some are budget tablets, and others come with a top dollar price tag with the performance to match. The sad thing, is that their isn’t much difference in what tablets have to offer us. The biggest differences in what you’ll see is colors, sizes, bezel margins, processors, storage space, screen resolution, and apps… Ok, so maybe there is a lot that is different. But then again, how can these differences still offer us tablets that are so similar?
Or Should They Take From One Another?
Google’s Nexus 9 tablet isn’t out yet, but it’s very similar to an iPad. It’s as light as the iPad Air 2. It has the same screen resolution rate. It even has the same aspect ratio and extremely similar bezel margins. It’s metallic casing is oddly reminiscent of an iPad as well. It is one of the first tablets to work with a Tegra K1 processor, so that’s something a bit new. Aside from that and the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS that comes with it, there isn’t much that’s different from an iPad. This might mean something, in the grand scheme of things. The tablet market might be seeing a shift, not of being unique, but of being similar.
Is It Time For The Copy Cat Jokes?
Apple’s leading everyone to the tablet formula gold mine, and they have to be aware of it. These days, it’s not a matter of what your tablet can do necessarily, but more so, how much it costs and how fancy it looks. Technological fashion statements. If companies like Google are going to be releasing tablets that are painfully similar to the iPad, what does that mean for the rest of the companies? We just might be getting ready to see an entire market of iPad clones. The sad part, is that it’s not a bad idea. Apple’s iPad Mini tablets are doing so hot in terms of sales. Who are they losing too? THEMSELVES. This says something. Apple has the formula that can really turn people onto tablets.
I feel that in this cut throat business world, there is no shame in taking from the “king of the tablets” best features and putting them towards your own device. I love Apple, but you’d best believe that if I saw and iPad rip-off for a fraction of the iPad price and it did all of the same things, I’d know where my money was going.