Will Windows 8 Tablets Be Worthy iPad Competitors?
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While Windows 8 has received plenty of mixed criticism regarding its user interface and the desktop, there’s a more unanimous agreement that it is a pretty damn good tablet OS. But, is Microsoft’s unique approach to tablets going to be enough to even get a foot in the door of the tablet market? After all, it isn’t even so much a tablet market as an iPad market; Apple created this market, and are doing a great job at maintaining a firm grip on it. But, while nothing will kill the iPad anytime soon, it is possible for a product to gain decent share in an Apple-dominated market. Just look at Android.
I think that here’s what we could possibly expect as far as pricing: More expensive tablets will be Intel-based, while ARM tablets will be priced in the ballpark of existing Android tablets and the iPad. I mean, it has to be, right? There’s no way that Microsoft would be able to enter this market without competitively pricing their devices. And they know this; look at the Lumia 900. It’s set to make a huge arrival in the U.S. market, poised as an AT&T “hero” device. This means that it will be heavily marketed and sold to consumers throughout AT&T stores nationwide. But, while it is still a flagship Windows Phone device, it’s priced at $99, compared to the $199 cost of the 16GB iPhone 4S and flagship Android devices.