updated 10:40 am EST, Tue December 28, 2010
Analyst calls most competing tablets 'junk'
Checks at retail confirm high demand for the iPad, says Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair. "Even with a handful of tablet competitors hitting the market, the iPad remained the only game in town in our holiday checks largely because many of the tablets hitting the market are junk for lack of a better word," he writes. Without naming specific models, Blair suggests that most tablets are currently "underpowered, poorly constructed and largely not ready for prime time."
The only significant rival to the iPad has so far been the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch Android tablet with some feature advantages, but also some tradeoffs and a higher base cost. Other major competitors are still in development; RIM's PlayBook should ship early next year, while Motorola has yet to even make a formal announcement. Apple itself is expected to ship a second-generation iPad in March or April.