re: Acer's $500 Windows 8 Tablet: Real iPad Rival
Matching specs seems to be all the other vendors can do, Apple knows people do not care about specs, but about usability. Unless the Tablets are rock solid in usability with a large pool of well designed and easy to use applications there will be no threat to the iPad. Look at the Android based tablets, the ones that are succeeding are based on being eReaders first with media capabilities, with nowhere near the same quality of applications because there is no gatekeeper to force a standard of quality. Only if Microsoft, not known for putting quality first, can have a similar ecosystem to Apple on quality, will the tablets even stand a change. If Microsoft introduces a fully functional and rock solid tablet version of Office at the outset, then maybe some businesses will consider the tablets, otherwise, just another also ran solution like Zune.