Inspite of threats from rivals like Motorola Xoom and RIM PlayBook, they will not threaten Apple's position in the tablet market, says Gartner.
Apple will beat the competition on pricing, applications and hardware specs
Its analysts figure out that Apple's economy of scale will help them stay ahead by keeping the price of the iPad2 way below the competition. Their apps and hardware will ensure retail and corporate customers will always trust them above the others.
There have been news of severe threats from tablets by other companies esecially Android based tablets and Playbook (RIM). The HP TouchPad is also not far behind. However with their customer experience and reach coupled with hardware excellence will always help iPad in this domain
iPad is a BRAND and customers will look for upgrades (the new camera is an awesome addition to iPad2) and "image enhancement" among colleagues and friends.
Gartner's team believes that other companies are unnecessarily trying to compete with iPad2 on hardware specs. iPad has mastered it already. So, they need to look at other factors.
In an extraordinary launch stat, the iPad2 sold more than a million units in its first week of the launch itself. 11th Mar - 18th Mar 2011.There are queues outside stores, lot of waiting time for online orders, etc... something unheard of. And this is just US. The iPad 2 will launch in the UK and other countries by the end of this week.
Go for it real quick unless you have loads of time to wait for your favorite iPad2.