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December 21, 2010updated 19 Aug 2016 10:05am

The iPad versus the Samsung Galaxy Tab: decisions, decisions

As the Samsung Galaxy Tab cruises past the million devices sold mark there are early signs the iPad may be losing its luster



Jobs with his baby, the iPad.

Interesting piece in ZDNet by a hack citing 10 reasons why they are dumping their iPad for a Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Of course, many of the reasons are rather subjective, for instance the argument that the iPad is just a little too heavy for her to hold for very long. But I also notice that some are the exact same reasons I said a while back I wouldn’t be in the market for an iPad: no Flash support, no USB or SSD memory slot, no camera.

Either way, it’s articles like this that will be giving Steve Jobs sleepless nights, and why he tried to pre-empt the comparisons by saying that 7 inch tablets are "dead on arrival".

Jobs said on an analyst earnings call of 7 inch tablets: "It is meaningless, unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of the present size. Apple’s done extensive user-testing on touch interfaces over many years, and we really understand this stuff. There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touch screen before users cannot reliably tap, flick or pinch them."

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Presumably that’s the same kind of "extensive user-testing" that spectacularly failed to spot that the iPhone 4 was not so great at making and receiving calls, forcing Apple to issue free ‘bumper’ cases to disgruntled punters.

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