Now that the competition has had lots of time to study and copy Apple's extremely successful iPad, we can now expect to see a virtual flood of these knockoffs in the near future, with Samsung's Galaxy Tab apparently being one of the very first out of the gate, and, as you can see from their ad above, its a nifty looking little device.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab features a 7.0-inch WSVGA display, with a resolution of 1024 x 600 and running the latest version of Google's Android (Froyo). The Galazy Tab will be also running, however, its very own TouchWiz touch-sensitive user interface to help distinguish it from all of the other coming iPad imitators.
Over at the Tech Herald they are reporting that the Galaxy's Samsung CPU is more than able to crunch almost double the frame rate as the TI OMAP3630 processor, as used in Motorola'a Droid smart phones, plus being capable of a whopping 2.5 more than that of Qualcomm's Snapdragon, which runs many of HTC's handsets!
The big, big question is: will the Samsung Galazy Tab have the mustard to to take on the iPad, much as Android phones have been doing with the iPhone, and can this, and other iPad knockoffs really knockoff the iPad itself?
Well, not according to the president one of the biggest Asian manufacturer's they won't, and this coming from a company that will actually be building many of the upcoming iPad knockoff tablets!
According to a post by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, of the Fortune blog Apple 2.0, this particular president, Ray Chen of the giant Taiwanese original manufacturing firm of Compal Electronics, believes that actually taking on the iPad won't be anywhere as easy as it might look on paper, and he should know since his company actually produces tablets for some of the biggest firms out there including: Acer, Lenovo and Dell!
The Fortune blog quotes Ray Chen as stating that many upcoming iPad competitors "will disappear within the year', and his remarks echo those of iSuppli's Rhonda Alexander who believes that:
"It's still unlikely that any of the competitors will be able to equal the overall performance experience of the iPad. Apple's complete integration of hardware, software, operating system and applications is a major piece of what makes the device a standout. And on that basis—an integrated hardware/software design—we don't see anything in the marketplace at present that seems likely to rival what Apple is offering in tablets today."
In fact, as far as she is concerned, all of the proliferation of the upcoming onslaught of iPad knockoffs should actually work in Apple's favor and she further states:
"Apple's interface and many of its applications are geared to the pixels per inch (ppi) and screen configuration of the iPad," she writes, "optimizing their appearance on that device. Developers designing applications to work across the broader base of new offerings from the various competitors are facing a mix of pixel densities, screen sizes, and touch technologies."
So, will all of the upcoming iPad knockoffs really knockoff the iPad?
Maybe, but I sincerely doubt it, at least anytime soon.
In conclusion, with the army of upcoming competitors about to attack, such as Samsung's, the WeTab, the ExPo PC, among others, I guess that anything is possible, but based on the comments above, and the fact that the iPad has already a big lead (especially in the sheer number of apps) it's not going to be any where as easy as it might look on paper for all of these iPad knockoffs to knock off the iPad anytime soon, but we'll just have to wait and see to know for sure.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Monday, September 06, 2010