iSuppli: Tablet competitors can't compete with iPad's design

iSuppli's Teardown Analysis of eight tablet models concludes that the current offerings just can't compete with the iPad.

There have been many more tablets this year that have tried to take on the iPad. Perhaps the HP TouchPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab have come the closest to giving Apple a real challenge. Some would say the latter has more so in looks.

If that was the intention, then at least Samsung would have been on the right track, based on the latest report from iSuppli.

The market research firm is pretty succinct in its overall summary: No one else has been able to "match the design efficiency of Apple Inc.’s groundbreaking product."

Wayne Lam, a senior analyst of competitive analysis at IHS, said in a statement:

These efficiencies become obvious in areas like the memory and the battery, where Apple maintains advantages in cost, space savings and performance compared with every competitor in the business.

The most obvious competitors to compare Apple to are Android-based tablet makers. Lam continues:

Apple takes a vertically integrated approach to its products, from the operating system to the user interface, to the hardware design, down to the selection of individual parts used in the device.

For example, Apple even uses its own applications processor design in both the iPad and iPad 2. In contrast, Android tablet makers buy those capabilities from the likes of Nvidia, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm. This gives Apple greater control in multiple areas of product development.

This opinion is surely going to anger many people, from other tablet manufacturers to consumers who don't care for Apple products in general.

But that doesn't mean that this analysis should just be disregarded and ignored. On the contrary, it should serve as a wake up call to tablet designers and developers. Perhaps they need to look more closely at what Apple has done right and what customers are looking for. That doesn't mean outright copy what Apple has produced, but obviously there is a lesson to be learned from this device.