Google announced today that they will be introducing their own Android-based tablet, called the Nexus 7 and produced and co-branded with Taiwan’s Asus. Can the Nexus 7 compete with Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle?
Although it is great to see new technology coming to market, clearly Google is aiming for the #2 spot behind Apple currently held by Amazon’s Kindle Fire. At the same $199 price point, the Nexus tablet cannot compete with the iPad. Amazon’s Kindle Fire is really a hook to get people to buy content from Amazon but devoid of features (i.e., it can’t support exchange email accounts that most business people would want).
From our experience with Google Play, the Android marketplace, and Google itself, we believe this device will be overshadowed by the plethora of other Android devices on the market.
From what we’re hearing on the street, Microsoft will be introducing a tablet of its own. Can anyone catch Apple’s iPad? Dell seems to have made a good copy of a Macbook Air 11-inch machine, calling it the XPS 13. Even the packaging looks very Apple.