Of course Apple can make their OS work more efficiently with their processor. They only make 1 phone a year, it better be pretty optimized. I don't know how many recent Android phones you have handled, but they are pretty damn optimized as well. I know my phone does things that the iPad can't, and they have near identical hardware.
And define lesser product??? The Xoom hits the iPads price point and it destroys it both with regards to hardware and the fact that the OS was designed from the ground up to be a tablet OS. Of course the iPad is a year old, so it was never supposed to compete against the Xoom. I just don't know how you can make that statement with a straight face.
Whereas, the iPhone was a late arrival entering a smartphone market already dominated by the likes of Nokia, Samsung, RIM and LG. Apple's performance in the smartphone market cannot be used to draw this sort of inference for its tablets, because its entry conditions were different.
But the iPhone came before Android phones, that's the point.
When the iPod came out, the other offerings on the market weren't that great and weren't marketed well. When the iPhone came out, it was competing against smart phones that were not user friendly, slow, non-touch screen, and generally just not very good. The iPhone was the first truly user-friendly smartphone that actually made people want to get one.
This same story applies to the iPad, there have been other tablets available for a long time, but they weren't well marketed or well executed. The iPad brought it to the mainstream, just like the iPhone did. Google saw the market for people who wanted a smartphone but for whatever reason didn't want the iPhone (or didn't want to use AT&T) and that turned out to be a VERY large market. Android phones are now outselling iPhones (or very very close depending which report you read). In the beginning Android phones were slow and unreliable, but they QUICKLY became very very good alternatives to the iPhone, and started a HUGE sales jump over this last year or so.
The same market exists in this case, people who want a tablet but don't want the iPad. Same thing is happening too, there have been alternative Android tablets on the market for about a year now, but they haven't really hit the mark or built hype like the new Honeycomb tablets have. There is still a big market of people who dont want an iPad but do want a tablet. With all of the parallels, it's safe to make a solid educated guess that Android tablets will catch up with the iPad.
The Xoom does not match the iPad pricing. It does not have an entry level device at $499, and the base 3G iPad is only $629, a few bucks more than the wifi only Xoom. As destroying the iPad, spoken like a true Android fanboy. Android does not destroy iOS, just offers a couple of features not offered on iOS. And those are features not necessarily desired by most, in current form. On paper, the Xoom looks to be competent tablet, and it may develop a strong following. That is competition. But to think that Apple does not have answers to many of the features on the Xoom, is folly. One of the big issues in tablets is processor power. They can increase the processor to match a laptop, but then you have to add $XXX to the price for the higher end processor, and reduce the battery life to compensate for the added demand.
And yes, the Xoom destroys the iPad in functionality. You can deny it all you want or call me a "fanboy", but the fact remains. Of course, the iPad was never supposed to compete against a tablet a year newer. Also, increasing processor power does not reduce battery life. The dual core and eventually Quad core processors increase battery life.
Finally, Apple CANNOT have answers to several features on the Xoom. Sure they will introduce facetime to the iPad2 to compete with video chat on the Xoom. They wont be adding widgets. They wont be adding flash. They wont be adding HDMI out with full 1080P out. They wont be increasing the resolution. They wont be changing the screen to 16:10. They wont be adding customizations to iOS. Sure, you can downplay all of these things until Apple DOES introduce them and then they will be magical and revolutionary, but that makes you look silly.
Every so-called feature you mention is not going to be on the iPad for a reason. And I know of few users that would call them features. The Xoom is not going to have any better resolution than the iPad, and 1080p.....you're kidding, right? The only feature that would benefit the iPad 2 most is to have a better process to hook it up to a projector for business use. The iPad is a consumer device and it is not a geek toy. You want all the bells and whistles, get a laptop. And you definitely are without a clue if you think a quad-core device is not going to use more power. A lot more.
Multi-core processors are more power efficient than single cores.
It will do 1080p output through HDMI.
Got any other misinformation you would like to spread?
In other Xoom related news, it appears that it will be shipping without Flash support according to Engadget. I understand that they are waiting for Flash 10.2 but it seems like a curious decision to leave one of the main selling points out at launch.
Motorola Xoom will ship without Flash support on February 24th, expects it in 'Spring 2011'? -- Engadget