Andy Ihnatko via John Gruber:
If you try to build something the size of an iPad that tries to work kind of like an iPad, youâ€™re pretty much admitting to your potential customers that Apple has The Real Thing and youâ€™re selling a knockoff. One that costs $100 to $300 more, for some reason.
This is why Iâ€™m more optimistic about RIMâ€™s PlayBook than any other non-iPad tablet on the immediate horizon. Steve Jobs railed against the futility of 7-inch tablets last year. RIM shrewdly took this as a sign that Apple isnâ€™t going to make something like that. As a result, the 7-inch PlayBook starts off with an immediate and clear answer to the question â€œWhat makes this tablet different?â€
I guess Any Ihnatko completely forgot about the much ballyhoo’ed 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab that did little to dent the momentum of a larger less-portable 9.7-inch iPad. Given that, I don’t think the 7-inch PlayBook has much of a chance, less even since the Galaxy Tab has thousands of Android apps.