Samsung's Next Big Apple Challenger

While Samsung has been the only company to successfully challenge Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) in the smartphone arena, it has had far less success in tablets. The iPad still owns the market, but Samsung is taking a shot squarely at Cupertino with a new hybrid that holds great promise. Capable of running multiple operating systems -- meaning it can offer Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) productivity with Google's (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) breadth of apps -- the ATIVQ has the potential to be a game changer.

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  • Report this Comment On July 17, 2013, at 5:31 AM, secularinvestor wrote:

    Samsung's "Success" with the Galaxy Smartphone. You must be joking. We were told that the Galaxy was going to bury the iPhone. However Apple "sells" around 3 iPhones for every one Galaxy "shipped"

    As for Samsung's claim of 13% of the tablet market, that is pure fantasy wishful thinking. The latest Chitika North American Tablet Usage stats the iPad share INCREASED to 82.4% while Samsung Galaxy tablet registered just 4.7% usage share.

    The only way Samsung have been able to shift Galaxy Smartphones and tablets has been by deep, deep discounts by what is euphemistically called "bundling" which means buy Galaxy Smart phone and get a Tablet for FREE.

    Yet despite giving away their tablets for free the Samsung tablet has only been able to achieve 4.7% market share.

    As for the this new hybrid unwieldy 13.5" Frankenstien freak monster, How much will it cost for a combination tablet/notebook with 2 simultaneous operating systems? How much memory will it need to run the memory hungry Windows 8 PLUS Android OS? Will it also need two processors, an Intel and an ARM, plus a keyboard to turn it into a notebook. An how much will this monster weigh? And how short will its battery life be?

  • Report this Comment On July 17, 2013, at 5:38 AM, secularinvestor wrote:

    To make this Samsung combination freak monster even worse it will be security nightmare. Users will be the target of over 112,000 Android viruses and Malware along with Windows huge ecosystem of viruses.

  • Report this Comment On July 17, 2013, at 6:22 AM, Fidelio01 wrote:

    I don't see how an tablet can ever function as a productivity tool, especially in the graphics department. I really only use it for reading blogs, books, and emails, which - come to think of it - my Lumia does quite effectively, already. In my view, it's simply a glorified book reader.

  • Report this Comment On July 17, 2013, at 7:02 AM, doawithlife wrote:

    Umm all the x86 tablets/laptops/PC's can already do this. Samsung already has a tablet that can run every OS. Surface Pro can run every OS(Surface RT is ARM not x86). Macbook Air can run every OS(not a tablet, but still small).

    Is the fool really that behind with their tech guys?

    Seriously, replace them if they actually believe this is something new.

  • Report this Comment On July 17, 2013, at 7:06 AM, doawithlife wrote:

    "I don't see how an tablet can ever function as a productivity tool"

    Try using one with a monitor. Just like any other PC.

    Unplug the tablet from your monitor, now your graphics projects go with you.

    I replaced a laptop and a PC by buying a Surface Pro. Not my main PC, but the Surface Pro is now my second working PC and I delegated my laptop down to my third PC. All three of my PC's use monitors (you can get a monitor/TV connector at radio shack for $25).

  • Report this Comment On July 17, 2013, at 5:20 PM, LED4 wrote:

    Death of the PC? Come on now, tablets, and phones are tools but its the PC that is the home base.

    Have you seen the money in the home PC gaming business??

    Have you seen the 250, 500, 1000 man LAN partys across the country where people are bringing there PCs to play games??

    The tablet market is going to top out and level off. The PC market may take a hit, but you can't play the large franchise games on tablets.

    Now if Steam really comes out with a console that allows PC games to be played on it with PC players through the cloud, then we have something to talk about.

    Console graphics can't hold a candle to PC graphics. The PC will become the Home system center.

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