Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 12:30 PM
"Two years. Three at the most. That's how long Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci figures it will take his company to overwhelm the iPad and commandeer Apple's early lead in the tablet PC market."
Bold talk indeed, but stranger things have happened I suppose. I don't think he will accomplish this though: "We hope our tablet PCs can reach a global market share of 10 percent to 20 percent initially, and become the market leader in 2-3 years."
When you take into account that Apple's iPad has over 90% of the tablet market now, the tablets coming from Acer would have to be a dramatic leap forward, in my opinion, to get people to switch. And to switch, or convince them to buy in such numbers as to achieve their goal above would be incredible indeed. It certainly won't be from lack of trying, as Acer is certainly planning on throwing a lot at the iPad in hopes that something with stick. They are coming out with one 7-inch and two 10-inch tablets, one running Windows 7 and the others running Android. They may run into the same roadblock that the Galaxy Tab is running into, where 85% of consumers prefer the iPad over the Tab according to this article.
Granted, they will get their buyers, but bold statements such as the one above can, and usually do, come back to bite you. But one thing is for sure, the tablet market is about to get a lot more crowded. What are your thoughts?