The slew of Android tablets coming to market in the coming months are little more than me-too devices that can’t compete with the second-generation iPad, Steve Jobs implied at the launch of Apple’s iPad 2.
This year sees the arrival of a host of slates running Google’s operating system, including hotly anticipated devices from big-hitters HTC, Samsung and Motorola.
However, in a broadside at yesterday’s press event for the iPad 2, Apple CEO Steve Jobs dismissed the competition as “copycats” whose functionality and spec sheets put them in line only with the first-gen Apple slate.
Jobs stated: "With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices.
"While others have been scrambling to copy the first generation iPad, we're launching iPad 2, which moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again."
The Apple main man’s spikiness is being seen by many as yet more evidence of arrogance at exec level at the tech giant. Certainly, it seems a little wide of the mark given that next-gen Android slates will pack a host of features that would’ve been pretty damn welcome on the iPad 2 but which were omitted – not least expandable memory and Flash support.
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