“Netbooks were an easy sell the last two holiday seasons. They were really nothing new asthey were just mini laptops and relativity cheap with a price tag between $200 and $300. They were an easy alternative to the traditional and more expensive computer. Plus, their smaller size was a bit of a novelty factor. Tablets have none of that going for them. The only thing on their side right now is massive marketing campaigns that conveniently leaves outthe retail cost.
Price is the real reason why tablets will not be this year’s top-selling item. They’re just too expensive right now and in the case of the Dell Streak and Galaxy Tab, are tied to a carrierwith a monthly subscription cost. That’s not going to fly with people looking to get their loved ones an easy gift.
Don’t mistake what I’m saying here. The iPad will sell like mad this Christmas, but the $500 price tag combined with the still relatively new form factor, will stop it from be this year’s Tickle Me Elmo or Nintendo Wii. Unless, of course, a smaller, cheaper iPad hits themarket. A new iPad model alone — even if it isn’t really the second generation that all of us are waiting for — will still give the tablet market as a whole a bit more exposure.”
If you have 10 minutes to kill, you may find this video slightly more intellectually challenging than throwing pencils at the ceiling.