Dell is one of the few technology companies that are watching the growing threat of Apple in the enterprise segment very closely.
Its global head of marketing for large enterprises and public organisations, Andy Lark, told CIO Australia that “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,” adding that “[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."
He also suggests that an iPad with a mouse, a keyboard and a case would cost up to AU$1600, although the iPad can be used by itself without any other accessories.
Jim Dalrymple of Loopinsight, condenses what many have noticed; firstly that the three accessories he mentioned are worth less than half of the price of the iPad 2 itself.
Then Dell & Microsoft partnership over Windows has been mostly fruitless mostly because porting a desktop operating system to an intrinsically mobile platform is like trying to shoehorn an elephant into a mini; can be done but won't be nice.
As for Dell and Android, the first product, the Streak, has been mostly a consumer product that was sold mostly (at least in the UK) through mobile operators; it will be intriguing to see how Dell's selling strategy differs this time around.