Dell Disses Droid
Since Dell can't get its paws on the iPad, it has two main tablet choices: go full bore with Android now or wait for Windows 8.
Michael Dell, a longtime Microsoft OEM (he was an OEM when he in college in Austin) plans to wait for Windows 8.
Dell recently came out with fists swinging, arguing that Droid is a huge disappointment. He reckons Windows 8 will fare much better, and plans a large and varied product line around the upcoming OS. But there is a rub... Windows 8, which I perused recently, ain't even in beta.
It actually worked pretty well and I only saw it hang once in hours of operation. That may be because it is far from feature complete.
Dell is taking a risk here. It may be two years before Windows 8 tablets arrive -- at least as full production units. That is a lot of time for Droid to make hay. And Droid is already number two in the market with about a quarter of overall sales. The bad news? Android market share is falling.
Maybe Dell has a bad taste in its mouth since its Dell Streak -- an Android-based oversized smartphone -- bombed worse than Charlie Sheen in Detroit.
Have you tried an Android tablet? Fire it up and send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Doug Barney on 10/14/2011 at 1:18 PM