Android Tablet Price More Important Than 3.0 Honeycomb

In the last day or so we’ve brought you a couple of stories about the Android surge, one about how the Android smartphone platform is now the biggest and has overtaken Symbian, and another about the success of Android tablets against the iPad.

Now we have news from an intriguing poll that asked which factor was most important to people when considering the future success of Android tablets. An article by Lance Ulanoff over on PC Mag tells us about the poll and some of the responses may well surprise you as it seems that price seems to be the most important factor. PC Mag ran the poll and offered its readers a choice of 7 most important factors to choose from.

Over 2000 votes were cast and Price came tops with 41% but the Android 3.0 Honeycomb came in second with almost 25%. Remember Honeycomb is an operating system that has been designed specifically for tablets. Other factor choices included new apps, new app stores and better hardware. Although it may seem surprising that price is seem to be the most important factor, rather than how the device actually runs, Ulanoff makes the point that this could be a little misleading.

He feels that it’s a balance of price and effectiveness that’s actually important and that people ARE willing to pay more for a device that’s worth it. Ulanoff also makes the good point that surely an interface that’s designed for tablets (think Honeycomb), has to be high on considerations for when people actually use the device, rather than an initial price impact and goes on to ask several industry experts their thoughts on this.

The consensus of opinion seems to be that the experts can’t imagine that people merely want low-cost tablets as there have been plenty of those that don’t sell. Instead what they feel people really want is a better tablet than the iPad but at a cheaper cost than an iPad, which we think pretty much hits the nail on the head.

The first tablet that will be released running Android 3.0 Honeycomb is the Motorola Xoom, rumored to be coming this month and a lot will depend on pricing and just how good this impressive device is, as to whether the Android tablet market can continue its success. To find out more about the Xoom, check out the Motorola page here for product details.

We’d like to know what’s important to you in an Android tablet? Is it simply a low price or more like a combination of price, device and OS? Why not send us your comments about this to let us know.