The iPad 2 has been quite the talk of the town since its opening weekend a couple weeks ago. The talk of every town in the world it seems like. Their sales during that first weekend eclipsed projections and bettered the sales for the original iPad. Not only have shortages been reported in numerous countries, but people have been scalping the new devices in New York City. Just last week, the tablet was released in 25 more countries around the world.
According to Dell's global head of marketing for large enterprises and public organizations Andy Lark, that looks like the sign of imminent failure.
Talking to CIO Australia, Lark discussed the long term market for iOS products versus Android and Windows 7.
"I couldn't be happier that Apple has created a market and built up enthusiasm but longer term, open, capable and affordable will win, not closed, high price and proprietary," Lark said. "[Apple has] done a really nice job, they've got a great product, but the challenge they've got is that already Android is outpacing them."
Well, I guess that seems fair. Thank Apple for inventing the market but lament costs and point out that Android is really on the move. Go on.
"Apple is great if you've got a lot of money and live on an island. It's not so great if you have to exist in a diverse, open, connected enterprise; simple things become quite complex."
OOH! Them some fightin' words. Lark says that since Apple is locked up in the consumer space, they do not have the long term sustainability of Dell, who Lark says took an enterprise approach to tablets. He says Dell has "a far more diversified footprint than some of these players."
Although stating that the iPad's cost was a deterrent for long term growth, Lark offered up some sketchy numbers. "An iPad with a keyboard, a mouse and a case [means] you'll be at $1500 or $1600; that's double of what you're paying."
Say what? The iPad 2 ranges in price from about $499 to $829 depending on whether you want more GB and 3G. All the rest of the stuff Lark mentioned can be obtained for around 200 bucks. What am I missing here? Oh yeah, I forgot - the $600 Apple sticker to put on your car window.
AppleInsider also pointed out today that Lark wasn't the only one to bash Apple as of late. Stephen DeWitt, senior vice president of HP's Americas Solution Partners, was quoted as saying, "Apple's relationship with partners is transactional, completely. Apple doesn't have an inclusive philosophy of partner capabilities, and that's just absurd."
Are these recent complaints against Apple justified? Or do they simply stink of envy? Let us know what you think.
(Full Disclaimer: This writer once threw a Dell computer off a balcony. Take from that what you will.)