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Old 08-23-2011, 07:49 PM   #31
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the cheapest xoom was like $700 iirc. Then the iPad 2 came out soon after and was thinner and lighter. D'oh. People talk about the apple premium, but how about the anti-Apple premium? Paying more so you can buy anyone but apple.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:29 PM   #32
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The Xoom could cost 10% less than the iPad and it would still be too high a price. That's my point. People are buying iPads for more than just the hardware. And Motorola did not have an equivalent ecosystem. Now Google (or Amazon)? Who knows. They could compete.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:38 PM   #33
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Given that the equivalent XOOM and Ipad are identical prices, I just don't understand that.
The point is that you could buy a 16GB wifi iPad for $200 less than the Xoom. And a 32GB wifi iPad for $100 less. I think these were the two most popular iPad models.
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Given that the equivalent XOOM and Ipad are identical prices, I just don't understand that.
Apple tends to have a high margin business and tends to target consumers who are willing to spend more. Sure, they've recently started chasing the bargain bin folks too with a $40 3GS and a cheap ip4 model to replace that as the ip5 approaches, but on average the Apple consumer is still a more liberal spender and is more brand and fashion conscious than other consumers.

No Android manufacturer, even Amazon, is going to be able to match the perceived value of Apple's brand. Although Amazon is a liked brand, they've also built an audience that is very price conscious. They will have to beat Apple on features and deliver a bargain price.
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