How many of you out there want to own a 7 inch tablet? Probably quite a few I am guessing. Most of us look at alternatives ranging from international brands like a lot of Indian brands. In the international segment, I can think of Samsung with its Galaxy Tab and Amazon with its Kindle Fire. Then there is Google with its Nexus too. But when you start exploring the local and Chinese market, things start getting really crowded.
Apple, a late entrant to the 7 inch tablet space just released the iPad mini. Now I am sure there would be a lot of people dissecting this device for its pro’s and con’s. But end of the day, the benchmark for the 7 inch tablet has just moved from the Galaxy Tab to the iPad mini.
What has caught my imagination is the fact that the pricing for this premium product is so damn competitive. And Apple has good reasons to do so.
What it means for consumers like us is that the other manufacturers will follow suite and either crank up the specs of their tabs or lower the prices even further or probably do both.
Consumers are doing to benefit from this slug fest and it is just about to get bigger. Coming to think of it, I also suspect that iPad might end up cannibalizing a lot of the competition in the coming few years. Unless they strike back with some radical strategy to give it back to the behemoth that Apple is in the tablet and smartphone space.