Yesterday I was reading this quite interesting article on Lockergnome: http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2012/03/26/can-windows-8-tablets-compete-with-the-ipad/
The article compares Windows 8 to iPad across a number of areas and tries to identify where Windows 8 will have an advantage over the iPad:
- Price: Edge = Uncertain
- Network Options: Edge = Windows 8
- Hardware Options: Edge = Windows 8
- Processor: Edge = Windows 8
- Apps: Edge = iPad
- Service and Support: Edge = iPad
- Screen Size / Resolution: Edge = iPad
Whilst I agree with a large amount of what is said in the article I started thinking again in relation to cost. For me personally, I’m of the conclusion that iPad will have the edge over Windows 8; at least here in Australia.
I have been very interested in the Samsung Series 7 Slate for some time now. I think this is a great piece of equipment and it has had very good reviews. I saw a few people at the SharePoint conference in Melbourne last week who have one and spoke very highly of it.
I’d love to part with my own personal money and buy one but I face a big issue; I live in Australia.
Here in Australia, the base model Samsung Series 7 Slate retails on the high street for $1,694 inclusive of GST:
I realise that I will find some other examples that are cheaper but then you get into the realm of grey imports and for this to be a fair comparison, I’m comparing large retailers that the average person would look to purchase from.
Now, if I lived in the US, I could buy the device for far less. Using Amazon as an example (I am certain there will be other, cheaper options):
Admittedly, the above doesn’t include the dock and keyboard so lets add those into the equation:
- Dock: US $97.45
- Keyboard: US $74.29
So, all up that would be US $1171.74. Based on present exchange rates that equates to AU $1,123.12.
So that means there is a AU $570.88 price premium or more specifically: 50.8 % more than the US price.
In all honesty, I would be happy to buy the Samsung Series 7 without the dock and keyboard as I would be looking to use the device on the move, not at a desk. With these accessories excluded, the equivalent spend should only be AU $958.50 but I am given no option here in Australia to buy without so going with the JB Hi-Fi option I pay an extra AU $735 or 77% more.
Apple on the other hand appear to have a far more reasonable price differential of less than 9% (even with my dodgy maths) between US and AU prices:
GST alone would result in a 10% difference so the pricing is even reflecting the favourable exchange rates.
For me, the edge on price is with Apple.Back to top
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