Lenovo Says Apple’s iPad Will Eventually Be Destroyed By The Competition

Lenovo Says Apple’s iPad Will Eventually Be Destroyed By The Competition

PC Maker Lenovo just released their first would-be iPad killer, the IdeaPad K1. It is, of course, a piece of junk, with This Is My Next calling it “chunky and cheap-feeling” with software that is “unstable to the point of being unusable.”

You’d think that would damp anyone’s aspirations in the tablet game: HP pulled out of the tablet market despite garnering much more positive reviews for the TouchPad. Nevertheless, Lenovo not only thinks that Apple will lose dominance of the tablet market, but that Lenovo itself will become “one of the strongest… players in this area.” Now that’s pie-eyed optimism.

Basically, Lenovo’s plan is this: while Apple dominates the high-end tablet market, Lenovo intends on focusing on all tiers, including the mid and low-end. They’ll do this with cheaper hardware and by using Android and Windows.

What I think is laughable here is the assumption that there even is a tablet market. We’ve seen three of the biggest names in the business — Motorola, HP and RIM — try to make a dent in the iPad’s dominance, and the only one that wasn’t a total piece of crap was the HP TouchPad… and even that didn’t sell until it was priced at $99.

Maybe people do want tablets that aren’t the iPad… but the one thing that is for certain is that gadget makers are having a really hard time duplicating the iPad’s formula, a perfect fusion between software and hardware. Lenovo’s probably right that eventually, iOS won’t be the dominant platform in the tablet market… but with a two year headstart and not a single decent Android tablet on the immediate horizon, that’s years away.

  • sarahadam6969840

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • Howie Isaacks

    Apple would be wise not to ignore their competitors, but I think that if Lenovo, and other tablet makers don’t produce a quality product, they will largely fail in their endeavors.  It’s laughable that Lenovo would release a product that is markedly inferior to the iPad, and then claim that they will dominate the market someday.  Why not start out like Apple did, and release a great product?  Why do the early adopters have to suffer until Lenovo improves the design?

  • bluehook

    Lenovo, who? Hilarious.

  • John C Bachandouris

    Yeah Lenovo, good luck with that.

  • Carlos Rincon Eckardt

    as in the words of Dr. Evil… “riiiiiiiight…!”

  • facebook-100001313113388

    haahahah …. very funny ….

  • Adam SArah

    I just paíd $20.82 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Cámera that we got for $38.79 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • aramishero

    Apple’s iPad, iPhone + Mac ranges combine together are strong enough to stop competitor… Because consumer want full range product that can share with each other and easy to manage their data… Now Apple launch iCloud and this will help Apple product more dominance the market. Consumer will rely on iCloud to host their data and easy to sync their Apps, files, music, video and more Apps that use iCloud. Once consumer use all range like iPad, iPhone and Mac products will hard to change back to others like Android or Windows because of convenience and easy to sync their data…

  • Jeff Berard

    Did someone put something in his noodles this morning?  

  • 300AShareMakesMeSmile

    Android-pumping jackasses are always talking big with absolutely nothing to back up their claims about how Android OS devices are destroying Apple’s iOS platform when it comes to tablets.  Why do these companies insist on pushing junk to consumers?  Do they figure if they can flood the market with enough junk that consumers will just give in to them?  I can understand consumers wanting lower-priced items, but surely none of them are specifically asking for Android-powered  junk.  These companies are deliberately trying to insult consumers’ intelligence and that’s just wrong.

  • Chris Whittaker

    Brownlee might be on to something here – what if the tablet market just doesn’t exist.  There’s just an iPad market and that’s it.  Scary.

  • Son1ze

    Umm…Lenovo…Lol. Remember the term ‘iPod Killer’ … Cowan, Creative, Sony, Microsoft, etc. all tried but failed to prevent the PMP to be basically known as an ‘iPod’ in pop culture reference. Gauging by the flies biting the dust … I’m afraid the same will hold true for the tablet…

    Plus … “Competition” vs 1 company = fail

  • sarahadam6969865

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • FriarNurgle

    Only if the competition keeps discontinuing and selling their tablets for $99.

  • AmyWienfield

    *-*I just paíd $20.82 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Cámera that we got for $38.79 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, bit.ly/BidShop

  • absolutelycertain

    You know the absolutely key thing about those who are confident, those who have knowledge and the ability? They don’t have to please anyone, they don’t have to do anything other than be. The ones that are really scared, who have nothing to deliver or back themselves up with always always make loads of noise and crow, rather like you’ve been doing recently. We all know you’re scared, there’s no need to prove it to us with your asinine comments. Sad really.

  • imajoebob

    C’mon, look at the success they’ve had with the ThinkPad.  Name one serious user who doesn’t lust after the king of notebooks.

    What? This isn’t still 2002?

  • Vladyslav Lissovenko

    you go Lenovo! go and be ashamed as hp is now.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Well, we’re waiting, Lenovo. Create something and maybe five people will buy it.

  • Steven J Garcia

    those damn fools…HA

  • WVMikeP

    With a home screen like that, Apple’s got nothing to worry about.  Baboons can design more human-friendly UIs.

  • Matt

    I’ve owned two Lenovo’s before. Neither one lasted a year.

  • RobertTerry

    This article is hilarious, and so true.  It’s amazing how these so called “tech industry leaders” create this false reality that they have some sort of reasonable product to compete with Apple and speak to us like we’re crazy for seeing things differently.  Just to set the record straight…Lenovo, your tablet is junk, Apple’s tablet is not junk, and the tablet industry is going to stay this way during your lifetime (at a minimum).  I think the guys at Lenovo (and Acer too for that matter) got a hold of some bad weed.

  • Dahlijo

    Hahahahaha, seriously, I can’t stop laughing!

  • prof_peabody

    I disagree.  Apple is focussed on doing what they do and doing it as close to perfect as they can.  If they focussed on their competitors, they’d be making junk like the Android phones.  Apple won’t do something because their competitors do it, because they couldn’t care less what the competitors are doing.  So far it’s been the winning strategy.  

  • prof_peabody

    I don’t get your reply here.  You are basically saying the same thing the guy you are replying to said, but in a nice tone of voice.  Android fans are *always* talking about how great they are and how great Android is, and does show a lack of confidence and an immature attitude.  

  • prof_peabody

    I don’t get your reply here.  You are basically saying the same thing the guy you are replying to said, but in a nice tone of voice.  Android fans are *always* talking about how great they are and how great Android is, and does show a lack of confidence and an immature attitude.  

  • Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira

    The competition is the Cartels?!

    Android cartel and Windows cartel are competition?

    Hell, NO.

    Apple competes with itself ( Apple innovates to survive, apple creates new “things” ), lazy people join cartels ( those people copy what Apple creates, without MUCH thinking, ADD “things” and call it advances ). 

    But the Press love cartels!

  • sarahadam6969875

    I just paíd $20.82 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Cámera that we got for $38.79 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • CharliK

    Whenever a company declares they will destroy the iPad even before their thing releases they trigger a curse that dooms them to fail.

    Lenovo it was fun knowing ya.

  • CharliK

    No he’s wrong. There is a tablet market. The iPad just happens to be holding 99% of it.

  • Jordan Clay

    This is my opinion so i know it doesn’t mean much….but the HP touchpad had a slightly better UI than the iPad…they had the best chance to “destroy” the iPad.  They did manage to outsell the iPad for ONE day.  I loved the HP touchpad. 
     The next biggest threat to Apple is if Google releases a stand alone tablet and don’t leave the manufacturers to load all their crap-ware on it, like they did w/ the G1.

  • CEO

    Lenovo, you may be correct in your prediction, but Asus TF101 and TFA1 will be killing iPad for years to come.

  • CEO

    (cough)BULLSHIT(cough) sorry, couldnt help it.

  • Bob Forsberg

    Sounds as if Lenovo is taking motivational classes from Michael Dell.

  • Bob Forsberg

    Should compete well with the $99 HP Touchpad.

  • Lucid129

    Lenevo is right they will destroy the iPad like HP and Dell destroyed the Ma… oh never mind.

  • Lucid129

    omg that was funny i can’t stop laughing

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  • DrM47145

    Oh boy…

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  • KeiFeR123

    Lenovo, just because you’re doing good with your T series laptop, that does not mean that you area going to do well on tablet.  Remember that you inherited the reputation from IBM.

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  • iHate_Is_Back

    Your runaway fan boy rant is showing your stupidity. The iPod may rule the rank and file ibud wearing masses but anyone who craves great audio will tell you the iPod sucks monkey balls audio quality wise when matched against players such as Cowan’s J3 and SanDisks Sanza Fuze and Clip+ or even the discontinued Sony X Players. The only two things the iPod excels at is UI and being a multi capable device. As a purely great sounding audio capable MP3 player it’s audio quality is miserable. You should really keep your trap shut when you don’t know what you’re talking about.

  • iHate_Is_Back

     I hope a huge well hung green android fucks you in the ass hard

  • Son1ze

    Oh please…this coming from someone with the moniker iHate… C’mon am I supposed to take you seriously?

    Besides was hardly a runaway rant compared to your response. And to note…I only own two Mac products a 13″ MacBook Pro & 13″ Air. Also funny that you mention the J3 cause I actually own one. I also own a Zune. Bought them because I liked the industrial design on them over the iPod being a product designer myself.

    But I you know what son…none of that matters cause in life shit gets done, money gets made and chicks get laid when you’re not sweating the quality of music coming from a PMP and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

  • gareth edwards

    They might be right but it will take time.  If you give an average person a choice between 2 things, one costing very little and one costing a lot in comparison, the majority of punters will go for the cheaper option.  If all prices were the same they would go for the better one. A small percentage will always go for (what they or the market) perceives to be the best regardless of price.

    In short, there’s always going to be a market for Apple because of perceived quality / value (real or otherwise) and there’s always going to be a market for non premium offerings.  The tablet market is VERY young and I imagine it will go the way of the smartphone market. Android is hands down the winner. BUT that slice of pie is cut a million ways between lots of players and margins are like a models lunch.

    Lenovo may rise to the top (my money is on a moto/google pad or a AmPad however) but it won’t be making the kind of money Apple presses from it’s iPads.

  • iHate_Is_Back

    Quote:
    Also funny that you mention the J3 cause I actually own one. I also own a Zune. Bought them because I liked the industrial design on them over the iPod being a product designer myself.
    —————
    Well the statement you made isn’t much of a surprise to me considering the site we’re on. It’s people like you who think form over function is all that and the cats whiskers who are responsible for making crApple a force to be reckoned with. crApple and others love people like you. On the flip side people like me they absolutely hate. You see people like me actually take the time to research products and know better then to sacrifice function for pretty looks. In other words we see the bullshit these companies like to throw out.

    Quote:
    But I you know what son…none of that matters cause in life shit gets done, money gets made and chicks get laid when you’re not sweating the quality of music coming from a PMP and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
    ———-
    Well at least you like girls and you’re not a complete crApple fag who takes it in the pooper on a regular basis. Tell you what friend enjoy your iBuds your Vmoda and your shitty overpriced Beats while I enjoy my Sennheiser’s Beyerdynamic’s and AKG’s. While your dancing around in the coffee shop trying to act like a hipster and score a quick handjob from some uptight anorexic refugee from Friend’s I’ll be dancing all over the street grinding up against booty and big titties because unlike you and the mongoloid Beats wearing people I REALLY AM HEARING ALL THE MUSIC THE WAY IT WAS INTENDED TO BE HEARD.

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