Originally Posted by wodin
One of the main factors of the huge success of Android is than many (most) folks don't like to be controlled...
Really? So nothing at all to do with the fact that Android is free?
And to the OP, I don't think iPad is expensive; the fact that they're shifting as many as they can make suggests to me that the pricing is about right, or if anything, that it's too cheap.
I agree that there's a market for a say, 6" tablet - my wife does a lot of commuter reading and finds iPad too big & heavy to be comfortable - though in my opinion manufacturers may have to rethink the whole widescreen thing; yes, it's great for movies, but speaking personally a widescreen device in portrait mode makes for an uncomfortable reading experience.
The other thing that alternative tablet manufacturers need to do is advertise and market their products properly; I know it's easy to snipe at Apple and call them 'just' a marketing company and how it's all about hype, but they certainly know about building product awareness. Contrast this to the Dell Streak (5" Android tablet/phone) for example, that launched here in the UK a month ago... and nobody noticed. Apart from press releases in specialist media, I've seen no advertising or marketing for this product at all - and this is from Dell, not some obscure Chinese clone-maker selling through eBay or direct from a badly-translated webpage. This is a product that's stocked in the high street stores of some of the major network providers - and yet there's nothing to let you know that it's available.
What else? Pricing is important; with iPads starting at $499 I think a 6" tablet needs to be around $349, or better still $299 to be perceived as value.
So there you go; build me a 6" 4:3 screen tablet that as fluid and easy to use as an iPad, price it at $329 and I'd buy one. Maybe...