Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

Summary: When Apple launched the iPad last year many were surprised at the aggressive pricing. This pricing strategy has proven to be brilliant, and forced competitors to look to carrier subsidies to get pricing low enough to generate sales.

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When Apple launched the iPad last year many were surprised at the aggressive pricing. This pricing strategy has proven to be brilliant, and forced competitors to look to carrier subsidies to get pricing low enough to generate sales. This is why we don't see too many Wi-Fi only tablets hitting store shelves even though most companies announce them at launch. The reality is they cannot sell them cheaply enough to both compete with the iPad and make a profit.

I am convinced this is why the Wi-Fi only model of the Samsung Galaxy Tab has yet to see the light of day. Samsung launched the 3G models first, to get carriers onboard with their subsidized pricing. The strategy worked for Samsung, with decent sales numbers as a result. But this created a bit of a dilemma for Samsung in regards to the Wi-Fi only model, as it can't sell them cheaply enough to seriously compete with the iPad's good pricing and still make a profit. This is why the Wi-Fi only model of the Galaxy Tab is nowhere to be found. The unit price would likely be way too high to compete with the iPad, and Samsung would be left with egg on its face.

This is why tablets being announced this week at the Mobile World Congress are too expensive to get consumer's dollars. Take away the carrier subsidy and these things are hundreds of dollars too high to generate a sales volume necessary to make a product successful. Tablet makers are between a rock and hard place, and they have been put there by a brilliant strategy by Apple.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, iPad, Mobility, Tablets, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

    You call a $600 counter-productive device brilliant pricing? I don't. The tablets are a fad that need to pass, people just aren't buying into the concept and that's part of the reason why they are failing. The other is like you said, overpriced. Even the iPad is overpriced at $600 and for what it does. People are starting to wake up and realize that tablets are not the form factor they need. Watch them as they collect dust on the coffee table.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

      @Loverock Davidson I say LOL to your entire rant.

      I have an iPad. The cheapest I could buy - $600 CAD by the time I bought a case for it.

      I use it EVERY DAY. Honestly, in my life, it was one of the best technology "investments" I've ever made.

      So yeah...keep up with the "gathering dust" opinion while the rest of the world embraces the form factor.
      samalie
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @samalie
        Sure you do. You bought it as an oversized ipod and paid $300 too much for it.
        Loverock Davidson
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @samalie
        You're an idiot.
        Droid101
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @samalie I have an iPad too, and I'm sorry Loverock if you're too poor to afford one, I'm sure you can get one of those Maylong Android tabs for $99 from Walgreens.

        I use it all the time, I compose presentations, documents, spreadsheets on it, I surf the web, use email, study for certifications on it....so comparing it to an iPod touch means you've never used an iPad before.

        LOVEROCK FAIL.
        Ron Burgundy
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @Loverrock
        [i]tablets are a fad that need to pass[/i]
        We all know you wish it were a fad which is why you are pleading for it to pass. Unfortunately for you Apple has sold tens of millions while you remain a desperate, lowly troll. How sad.
        Tigertank
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @samalie @samalie $600 is not cheap. My Zune HD has a more powerful GPU than the iPad, at a fourth of the price. I did not refer to the Zune HD because it is a Microsoft product, just simply because it is a good example for comparing the GPUs.

        Of course, trying to be productive on a mobile device is ridiculous in the first place (possibly until a full OS is put on them), so to be productive, I use a thing called a "laptop". It even has a built in hardware keyboard; Imagine that! The best part is that I can do anything I need to do on it, unlike the iPad. That is, of course, if they added the ability to program on it.

        So, since mobile devices are not (currently) suitable for productive environments, one would ask why someone would pay hundreds of dollars extra for a redundant device.

        The two logical answers would be that it is a fad and that people have the illusion that they can be productive on it. I am sure that to some people, being able to browse the Internet (which most devices are able to now), and edit documents/presentations is productive, but most productive people need a more complete OS and full programs to accomplish their tasks.
        mr.netrix+techrepublic@...
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @samalie
        I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab, and I could say much the same. I love it, and use it a lot. I have many options with me as to what to use; I have two netbooks, two laptops and a desktop. I use them all. And I use my Tab a LOT.

        Oh- and I don't have a single .MP3 file on it.
        notinkeys
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @Droid 101 Nope - samalie is not an idiot, you are simply a frothing at the mouth ABA zealot and a troll. Unless you can back up what you say take your fanboi rants and drive by troll attempts and stick them where the sun does not not shine.
        athynz
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @gandersonmail@... Yes, your Zune HD that Microsoft can't release the sales figures on even though it's been out since September 2009?
        Ron Burgundy
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @the rabid anti-Apple anti-tablet horde

        I personally don't give a crap what any of you believe...my iPad is used daily. It has replaced my notepad when attending meetings at my work. It has replaced my physical paper book library. It has replaced my damned TV in my bedroom. It has replaced my laptop as my go-to device when needing/wanting to look something up online when plopped on the couch.

        None of this is to say that it has replaced every single function of either my desktop or my laptop - I still use my desktop daily too, and my laptop most days. Essentialy, bottom line, I use the best device for the task at hand, and my iPad fills that role in a plethora of places in my life.

        I didn't NEED it...but now that I have it, it has become an "essential" part of my gadget portfolio. I don't pretend to think that everyone needs an iPad or other tablet...it may NOT suit your personal life. To each his own.

        But really, you freaks (and yes, I mean that) that think that everyone out there owning a tablet is an idiot...well, people and glass houses and all that. It may not fit YOUR life, but you're f***ing retarded if you think it doesn't fit other people's lives.

        Realistically...take your trolling and rabid crap and find something productive to do. Get a job. Find a girlfriend. Masturbate to some porno. All of it would be more useful to the world than the bullcrap you've posted in this thread.
        samalie
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @samalie Perhaps those who think the tablet is just a fad are super geniuses who never need to look things up on the web, read journals etc. outside of the office. I wish I were that smart. Like Gods among men, they are.
        caburlingame
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @samalie
        I had to laugh at "Loverock Davidson". Poor sod.
        My brother uses his iPad *every single day* for a multiplicity of reasons, and he was a PC head. My drummer buddy bought his last year and it's never out of his hands. He was a PC user too, now he's switched his entire office to Mac.
        I'm waiting on iPad 2 and if it's half as good as my iPhone I'll be happy.
        Neil2112
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @Ron Burgundy [i]I use it all the time, I [b]compose presentations, documents, spreadsheets on it, I surf the web, use email, study for certifications on it[/b]....so comparing it to an iPod touch means you've never used an iPad before.[/i]

        I admit I've never used an iPad. So which of those things cannot be done on an iPod Touch?
        Badgered
    • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

      @Loverock Davidson
      I just have to ask this Did an Apple user give you a Swirlie (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=swirlie) in high school? Or are you paid to post rants promoting Microsoft products while degrading everything else?
      Rick_K
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @Rick_K <br>No one mentioned Microsoft. Reading is fundamental.
        Loverock Davidson
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @Loverock Davidson
        So it is true an Apple user gave you a Swirlie. :p
        Rick_K
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @Loverrock
        Yes, no one mentioned Microsoft. I suspect that is the reason for your bitter jealousy. No one talks about MS anymore because they got completely swept aside in the consumer touchscreen revolution and it is eating at your soul. If I were you I would ignore these articles all together- for your own sake..
        Tigertank
      • RE: A &quot;Swirlie&quot;

        @Rick_K

        I must admit, I have never heard of that one before.

        The imagery, i.e. trying to form that picture, just too much.

        ROFLMAO
        fatman65535
      • RE: Why Wi-Fi only tablets are rare: Brilliant iPad pricing

        @Loverock The article doesn't have to mention Microsoft for you to go on an ABA (anything but Apple/Android) rant.
        nix_hed