It seems that every week some competitor is coming out with some type of Apple inspired knock off and this week certainly is no different as you can see from the three companys listed below.
First off, Samsung, a major supplier of components to Apple, has just released in Europe its new MacBook Air inspired X1A Series 9, super ultrathin 11.6 inch laptop. Seen above, this sleek little-bugger sports an Intel i3 cpu; 1366 x 768 screen; 2GB of Ram and a 128GB SSD! The X1A goes on sale this April and will sell for approximately 1,200 Euros. In certain aspects it out features the MacBook Air, but its limited to officially running Windows 7 or Linux. This is a bummer, especially since the MBA can run both Windows, Linux and its own superior OS X.
Amazon is also going live this week with its own copy cat version of Apple's extremely popular App Store. Amazon's decision, however, of also including 'App Store' in its name apparently is going a wee bit too far for Apple who believes it could confuse customers, prompting them to sue Amazon as a result.
Thirdly, this week Rim announced that they are now taking preorders for their new BlackBerry iPad wannabe, its sexy new PlayBook tablet, which they expect to deliver April 19 . Its starting price is $500, similar to the iPad, but that only gets you a measly 7 inch screen which is great for portablitliy, but hardly sufficient to use in comparison to having a larger screen.
All of the above competitors are clearly getting their inspiration from Apple, and they clearly all have their plus's and negatives as well. The Samsung X1A, for instance, has some pretty decent and nifty specs, but it only runs Windows or Linux OS's, while the Amazon AppStore only has some 3,000 to 4,000 apps, and despite the fact that the PlayBook is slick and sexy looking, its screen is a little too small as far as I'm concerned and worse, it has very little apps to offer, so much so, in fact, that RIM has seen the need to run, in some kind of emulation mode, Android apps, which certainly are numereous, but lack the quality and numbers of those found in Apple's own App Store.
In other words, and in conclusion, as good as many of these Apple inspired offerings are, I'll think I'll make it easy on myself by sticking to the original Apple products rather than these mere knock offs.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Tuesday, March 22, 2011