Tablets: ‘Why Should Somebody Buy This Instead of an iPad?’

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13. “I have a magical combination of most or all of the above factors.”

What if there was a non-Apple tablet with an abundance of great tablet-optimized apps, top-notch movie and music services, hardware that was both super-sexy and powerful, a wonderfully intuitive and customizable operating system, and several unique features–and it started at $399? It might still find competing with the iPad to be remarkably challenging–but at least nobody would have trouble coming up with reasons why a rational person would buy it.

Any examples? No, not yet. None on the horizon, either. But never say never…

Got any other strategies for how non-Apple tablets can justify their own existence in a way that’s easy for large numbers of people to understand? I’m not asking for anyone to explain how a competitor will trounce the iPad: I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon. I’m just trying to figure out how one other product–or several, or lots of them–will offer something that everyone agrees is a worthy alternative and a solid success.

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