LG claims Optimus Android Tablet will be better than iPad

by pcchan on Aug.26, 2010, under Product spotlight

When it rains it pours. Suddenly everyone is tripping over themselves to announce their tablet products. A few days back LG created some major buzz by claiming that their upcoming Android tablet will be better than the iPad. This was declared by their VP of marketing Chang Ma to the wall street journal. Many in the press declared Chang Ma to be a marketing genius. Of course there’s always the possibility that he truly believes it and he’s simply stating his belief.

Either way there is really no reason for all the buzz. As I’ve previously discussed the iPad is such a limited device that it really doesn’t take much to be “better than an iPad”. It would actually be difficult to come out with a product that is worse than the iPad in terms of functionality and spec. Sadly I think most companies still don’t understand how to compete with Apple. They try to come up with a better product but that is not why people buy Apple products, as the iPhone 4 problems clearly demonstrated. The iPhones (and now iPad) have always been form over function (or marketing over substance, if you prefer). The old Canon slogan “Image Is Everything” should really be use on Apple instead. To beat the iPad (or the iPhone) doesn’t require a better product, it only requires better (and more) marketing. Name your display something like “optic nerve display” or “quadruple-voodoo-touch screen” with “miracle sensory feedback” would be a good start.

As for the LG Optimus Tablet I have no doubt it will be better than the iPad when it is unveiled in Q4 but I don’t think it will matter to the masses.

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