In what has to be the most stinging attack on the Jobs’ Mob cargo-cult since the last time I wrote something, both Dell and HP slammed Jobs’ Mob.
While Lark said Apple had ignited the tablet opportunity with the iPad, it would ultimately fall to more “open” competitors.
In the longer term capable and affordable will win, not closed, high price and proprietary, Lark said.
He said that while Jobs’ Mob has done a really nice job, they’ve got a great product, but the challenge they’ve got is that already Android is outpacing them.
Lark said that Apple was only great if you have a lot of cash and live on an island. It’s not so great if you have to exist in a diverse, open, connected enterprise where simple things become quite complex.
He also pointed out that the high cost of additional accessories for the iPad makes the tablet inaccessible. Lark said that an iPad with a keyboard, a mouse and a case will set you back $1,500 or $1,600; that’s double what you’re paying if you bought something more useful.
Dell’s long-term approach to tablets relies heavily on enterprise adoption and it is hedging its bets when it comes to tablet operating systems.
It is thinking “mix and match Windows 7 with Android Honeycomb” as giving punters the choice they want.
He admitted that Dell had not gained a foothold with its 5-inch Dell Streak ‘tweener’ smartphone and tablet. This had to be the worst reviewed product of last year.
But it has begun showing off a 10-inch tablet that will compete with the iPad later this year.
Meanwhile Stephen DeWitt, senior vice president of HP’s Americas Solution Partners, slammed Apple for being total tossers to its business partners.
He said that Apple’s relationship with partners is transactional, completely. Apple doesn’t have an inclusive philosophy of partner capabilities, and that’s just absurd.
CRN‘s checked with several Apple and HP channel partners to test DeWitt’s claims and was told that unlike Apple, HP is very channel friendly.
“As an Apple partner, I can say that it really feels like they’re holding you hostage sometimes,” said one source from a so-called solution provider.