Sales Do Not Equal Real Success

I’m back to beat on that dead Android tablet horse.

Report: Nexus 7 Supply Issues Stall Growth

This is the important line:

As the novelty of the device wears off and as the honeymoon phase comes to an end, people simply don’t use it as much as they used to.

That’s exactly what happened with the Kindle Fire. People bought it, played with it for a while, and then put it aside for their iPad.

I don’t think that’s going to happen with the iPad Mini.

Anyone can brag they sold “X” number of a thing. But after selling it, are the buyers using and liking it? That’s the measure of true success.

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2 responses to “Sales Do Not Equal Real Success

  1. The “indistry pundets” and much of the media chased the wrong things entirely when they tried to describe the iPad. They tok the 1980s PC Magazine approach of endless frigging tables comparing features, then did a remora-like latching on to the OMG NO THIS! memes which emerged. No USB = #fail, no visible file system, no stickers … well, they managed to not mention the lack of stickers, or maybe it was an oversight.

    I’m sure the $499 base price totally blew their minds. Right there it was blindingly obvious that anything cheaper was going to be nasty-cheap, like used pants with frayed cuffs, holes in the pockets, and a shiny seat. But instead of building a more expensive tablet with a screen-covering folding keyboard and other really _different_ features, everyone tried to beat Apple on price … and they are still trying!

    It is really, really ironic that Microsoft, who always assumed their users kept pink plastic birds on the front lawn, may actually be going to launch a more expensive tablet with some really different features, and just might wind up being a credible competitor. Or not.

    Also, there will always be an anyone-but-Apple piece of the market. People who, for whatever emotional reason, want anything but. And that group will pump up any alternative like a bunch of slimy stock traders.

    It is simple, in the end. Apple launched a finished product that “just worked” in a very intuitive way, AND it fit seamlessly into an existing ecosystem. The fact that a lot of my iPhone apps immediately worked on my first iPad added an immediate sense of “knowing” the device. Then they proceeded to iterate the product on an annual schedule.

    If the massively mythical 7″ iPad launches in the next month or two, the tablet game will be pretty much game, set, and match over. Crown the victor and then figure out how to do something as compelling, but different.

  2. Tyconn

    You just can’t help yourself can you. My nexus 7 and I are just fine and still having a fun time here. Looking forward to picking up a next gen kindle also. Starting to think your name is really David pogue.

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