Dell man says iPad will fail in business

Dell’s global head of marketing for large enterprises and public organisations, Andy Lark, has said that Apple's iPad will ultimately fail when it comes to business.

Lark told CIO Australia that Apple's proddable PC was doomed to forever be a rich man's plaything and would never make it in the world of enterprise.

“I couldn’t be happier that Apple has created a market and built up enthusiasm but longer term, open, capable and affordable will win, not closed, high price and proprietary,” he said. “[Apple 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.

“Apple is great if you’ve got a lot of money and live on an island. It’s not so great if you have to exist in a diverse, open, connected enterprise; simple things become quite complex.”

Lark, who obviously hasn't seen the price of the current rash of iPad wannabes, and we suspect may never have used an iPad in the flesh, also reckons equipping an iPad with a mouse, keyboard and case just doesn't add up financially.

“An iPad with a keyboard, a mouse and a case [means] you’ll be at $1500 or $1600; that’s double of what you’re paying," he claimed. "That’s not feasible.”

Assuming he's talking Aussie dollars, we priced up a top-of-the-range 64GB Wi-Fi + 3GiPad with a wireless Apple keyboard and a Magic Mouse for $1,226. We're not sure where Lark is buying his peripherals but he's being ripped off, even at Apple prices.

What really doesn't add up (apart from Lark's figures) is trying to use a device which is specifically designed to work alongside a full-blown PC as a full-blown PC. It's little wonder that Dell's first forays into the the tablet market have been underwhelming to say the least.

He also seems to have overlooked the fact that Apple has put millions of real iPads into hands of real people, many of whom have proper jobs in offices and wear suits and everything.

Lark also pointed out that Dell's late-to-the-party tablet attempts would eventually be capable of dual booting both Android Honeycomb and Windows 7 operating systems.