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Best Buy to push hard on iPad, other tablets for holidays

updated 12:45 pm EDT, Sun August 22, 2010

Best Buy to make tablets a holiday priority

Best Buy's mobile lead Shawn Score in an interview on Friday said the store would "make tablets a focus" for the holiday this year. The big-box chain hopes to associate itself with tablets and will put more attention on the iPad and its yet-to-ship competitors. Alternatives to Apple would be important, Score told Forbes, as those who use Android or BlackBerry phones might want tablets based on the same platform.

"Customers need to have choice on operating systems," he explained.

The executive didn't expect a large number of tablets to ship, but a number are either close to launch or possibly being rushed to offer the iPad competition before the end of the year. Best Buy itself is getting involved by creating a Rocketfish-branded Android model, while RIM is rumored to be accelerating the launch of its BlackPad tablet to November instead of early 2011. Samsung's Galaxy Tab using Android may be unveiled within weeks, and Velocity Micro's Cruz Reader could be on Best Buy shelves next month.

The pressure to seize on the popularity of the iPad has become acute since Apple said it had sold 3.27 million of the slates in just its first three months on sale. In addition to being the strongest new product launch yet for Apple, it has already had an effect on other categories by easily eclipsing Windows tablet sales and potentially forcing a retreat from netbooks as customers opt for iPads over the cheap but slow PCs.



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  1. iphonerulez

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    What other tablets?

    Best Buy can't possibly sell vaporware. I'd sure like to know what the draw of these other tablets is going to be. The average consumer has probably only heard of the iPad all this year. The salesperson is going to have to sell some Android tablet by telling the customer how inexpensive it is compared to the iPad. It will be very embarrassing to a lot of companies if those other tablets remain sitting on the shelves through the holidays.

  1. facebook_Thomas

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    There is a problem withandroid tablets

    One thing I think many people don't understand is that Apple didn't just put ios in a tablet and call it iPad. The ios is altered to work with a larger screen so it can run older iPhone apps but it works much better with native apps for it's screen size

    Unless google makes a version of android for tablets then it would be like running iPhone apps in constant 2X mode on the iPad and that's just not going to be an iPad killer then.

    Just because android can be run on a larger screen doesn't mean it should until google addresses the screen size issue

  1. Cranmore

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    Android "Loss leaders" will have little inventory

    The holiday ads will be full of " get a tablet for $199"! ads. They will bring out the customers looking for the cheap android tablets, but there won't be any left because there will be very little inventory in the first place. Only apple will have had the production lines going long enough to properly fill the channel for the Xmas rush. There are a lot of people who are so price sensitive and they'd prefer the cheaper device, however it will be interesting to see how many buy the ipad once the cheap pads have run out or they do a side-by-side comparison. I think the retailers may be busy advertising the cheaper Android tablets to bring people into their stores, but it will simply lead to even more iPads being sold.


  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Tablets

    You people do realize there are other devices called 'tablets' besides iPad like devices, right? For Windows notebooks have been selling with tablet capabilities for years (yes, I know, it's windows, it's not a separate OS, yadda yadda yadda).

  1. testudo

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    Re: There is a problem

    One thing I think many people don't understand is that Apple didn't just put ios in a tablet and call it iPad. The ios is altered to work with a larger screen so it can run older iPhone apps but it works much better with native apps for it's screen size

    One thing you are overlooking is that Android was actually designed to be used on different screen sizes to begin with. You know, part of the whole 'fractured market' argument about all the differences of android phones?

    Thus, many programs may already be set up and ready to go regardless of the screen size.

    Unless google makes a version of android for tablets then it would be like running iPhone apps in constant 2X mode on the iPad and that's just not going to be an iPad killer then.

    This is a garbage argument. One doesn't need a special version of an OS for your MBP just because the screen size went from 1024x768 to 1920x1080.

    The problem with 'iphone' apps is everyone designed their apps around a specific screen size. Apple, because of their secrecy, never told developers to make their apps work with multiple sizes, nor tell them how. Thus, when the iPad was released, most apps would not display properly.

    You can get iPhone/iPad apps now, where one app works on both. Is this because they developers are putting in different specific resources for the iPad? One hopes not, since if a 7 inch iPad comes out, the developers would need to re-code the damn thing again, no?

    Just because android can be run on a larger screen doesn't mean it should until google addresses the screen size issue

    Unless they addressed that long ago and there is no issue, except that from the FUD spread around by iPad proponents.

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