If I could get a ride on a time machine today, I’d like to go back to college. With the amount of information I’ll be carrying back, I could beat the likes of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg to their game. I’d knock on RIM’s door and tell them to make a full touchscreen BlackBerry smartphone, I would personally write Facebook from scratch. Such fantasies sometimes take the most of me.
While going back and forth in time may not be possible, we do have an obvious vision or a projection of the future in our minds. If you look at it from my eyes, it looks too overcrowded. Tons of information keeps flowing in every single day and it’s getting harder and harder to control this fire hose of information overload. If it goes on this way it’ll convert each of our brains into monkey like maniacs. Our mind would keep jumping off here and there.
If I could get a ride on a time machine, not much but just a couple of months back, I’d love to get into the tablet business. Am I crazy? Don’t I know Apple is already kicking some serious ass here? Of course. But wait till you hear my plans. I’d love to start my own company that would sell tablets to consumers. We design tablets, get them manufactured in bulk in cheap Chinese factories and let’s just assume we put Android on them.
We keep the launch fancy and spread a little rumor about how awesome our little product is. We manage a few blog posts and a couple of articles in the print media. Launch day – the product is announced at a price tag of $499 with not-so-awesome features that are pretty much standard with every tablet in the market. Why would anyone buy a tablet from a new company? Of course, we don’t want you to buy. Not yet.
It’s common knowledge by now. If you say the word tablet, you don’t get any response. Say ‘iPad’ and you’ll see heads turning. Apple’s iPad has done to tablets what it’s iPods did to portable music players. So much that HP is having a hard time trying to sell it’s TouchPad tablets. Apparently Best Buy stocked up on 270,000 of them and has only managed to sell 10% of the inventory. Shame!
Amazon is preparing for a war. I really mean it. If you look at recent news reports, Amazon plans to add 3 million tablets to it’s arsenal. These tablets are all Android based and powered by a dual core processor. The 7-inch tablets would mark Amazon’s entry into the tablet market. Apple already has a major chunk of the market, thanks to it’s iPad.