[NTLK] OT: Mossberg gives thumbs up to iPad

Tony Kan tonykan at xtra.co.nz
Fri Apr 2 22:02:17 EDT 2010

In marketing, first-mover advantage is often over-rated.  There are tons of
examples where the first-mover eventually loses to the followers.  Take Lotus
1-2-3 v MS Excel; Wordperfect v MS Word; Newton v Palm.  Counter examples
include: eBay; and Amazon.

We'll see if Apple has guessed right on this one or not.  I have to wonder if
the Microsoft Courier will benefit from the iPad going to market first and
showing what ideas do/don't work (à la the Newton and Palm) or if Apple will
dominate the market simply by being the first to make their device available.
[muses thoughtfully]

Yes, they will but I can't imagine Apple will stay still either.  I think Apple
deserves a lot of credit for recognizing that a purpose-built UI was necessary
for touchscreen computing.

At the moment, it seems touchscreen computing has polarized into two seemingly
opposing camps: pen or finger(s).  I can't see why we can't have both at the
same time.


Tony Kan

New Zealand

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