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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 dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/14/2011 at 1:18 PM


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