Apple’s revenue was not the only thing discussed during yesterday’s earnings call. During the Q&A, COO Tim Cook took the time to talk about the iPad’s Android OS- and Windows-based competitors.
Speaking about Windows-based tablets, Cook said they (Apple) had seen a distinct lack of interest in them from customers.
“From our point of view and what we’ve seen, customers, frankly, just are not interested in them,” he told listeners on the call. He also said they are “fairly big and heavy and expensive, they have very weak battery life, they require a keyboard or a stylus as an input device.”
The Windows tablet market isn’t quite as crowded the Android tablet market, however, Cook revealed that he doesn’t see Android devices as a threat either. The Chief Operating Office criticized them because they run an OS built for smartphones.
“And so basically you wind up with kind of a scaled-up Smartphone, which is a bizarre product, in our view,” he said.
When asked about Android tablets touting Google’s specially developed tablet OS, Honeycomb, Cook was dismissive, referring to them as vapor” because of the shortage of information when it came to release dates and pricing.
So there you have it. While some people may be calling Motorola’s stunning Tegra 2 Xoom an iPad killer, Apple believes the iPad doesn’t even have any competition. No doubt we’ll hear more on all of this when the iPad 2 is announced.