Asus Transformer Prime not selling well? Is there a market for it?
The Prime is the best tablet out there that runs pure Android, and it's probably the best selling at the moment. Yet under oath Asus says they only had 2,000 pre-orders as of a bit over a month ago and 80,000 shipments around the world. Which means they may have even sold less than 80,000 to end users...
Keeping this in mind, do you believe there is a market for pure Android tablets? If so, why? If not, why?
Personally I think that not even having a more competitive tablet app ecosystem can save pure Android tablets at this point. I think Google has to fundamentally rethink its position on tablets and for the first time ask themselves what's the purpose of their tablets, outside of Google wanting to defeat the iPad and gain marketshare in a new category before Apple gobbles it all up like they did with iPods.
That was obviously their main (and only?) reason for getting into this space in the first place. They never asked themselves, how does this fit into their normal user's lives. Or what can this bring to the tablet world that the iPad (and now FIre and Nook Tablet) does not? Is this ecosystem good enough to justify the purchase?
Until they can come up with credible answers, I think these embarrassing sale numbers will slowly taper off into an nonexistent platform.