Based on the number of lawsuits that Apple has filed in the past few months, it’s clear that the company is concerned by the progress being made in the Android tablet space. Even though Apple is still the number one player in the tablet space, and pegged to be there for quite some time, the company is rightly concerned that quick progress in the Android tablet space could change that.
I’m not saying this progress will happen overnight, but it is clearly on the way now that we are seeing competitive tablets. In fact, I would argue that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the “Droid Tablet” I was asking for. Just like the original Motorola Droid wasn’t exactly up to par with the iPad, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has room for improvement, but like the original Droid, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has the opportunity to spark the Android tablet revolution we need to keep the tablet space competitive.
That is, if Apple doesn’t put an end to it with lawsuits.
Why Apple Needs to Worry
Had you asked me just a few months ago, I would have told you that Apple had no reason to worry about the Android competition in the near future, but the Galaxy Tab has changed my mind.
It isn’t perfect, but it is the first tablet that lets me leave the iPad at home without worrying that I would be left stranded without an app I want to get work done or to entertain myself. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G LTE from Verizon, and the WiFi only version offer a good user interface, which, in my opinion, is getting better thanks to the TouchWiz user interface. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 also handles the entertainment much better than the other Android tablets.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 also has an incredibly thin and good feeling build quality. Call me crazy, but I actually like the feel of the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s back better than the iPad 2. I’ll have a closer look at how the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 compare soon, but in short it is the first Android tablet that really gives the iPad a run for its money.
I might still recommend the iPad 2 to my mother, but for friends and other users I would suggest that they go hands on with both devices and make their own decision.
Can Apple Beat Android Tablets With Legislation?
Apple has already won a ruling in Germany, which has caused the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be removed from store shelves across the European Union. Apple has also won a ruling in Australia. Apple isn’t leaving the U.S. market alone, but hasn’t enjoyed the same success in legal maneuvering inside the States.
Apple is even filing suit against the Motorola Xoom, which is like the Gold medal winner accusing the last place runner of doping.
According to Apple, Samsung has copied their user interface, packaging and design. Essentially, Apple wants to be the only manufacturer that can use a thin touch screen slate, surrounded by a bezel, with round corners in a 10″ size which comes packed in a nice box. A simplification, yes, but in my non legal background, Apple is reaching instead of counting on innovation to stay ahead.
Apple needs to forget about suing the competition for improving packaging, design and user interface. Tech journalists and consumers have been asking for a better unboxing and user experience for years, and now that other gadget makers are delivering, Apple want’s to put that to an end. I’d prefer that Apple accepts that they no longer have the only sexy gadgets, and work on making better products instead of whining about the pretty new classmates.