Can you hear that? It’s the sound of war. Better choose your side soon, too. The tablet wars are going to get nasty.
Apple’s army is prepped, already backed by over 3 million zealous iPad owners. But the Google Android horde is quickly banding together and will soon offer countless weapons from several major CE houses and dozens of smaller camps. Google is also quietly forming the stealthy Chrome OS platoon that will likely enter the battle a bit late, but shouldn’t be forgotten, ether.
Then there’s the suit & tie brigade with their trusty BlackBerry holstered on their hips, ready to be tethered to the coming BlackPad. Don’t forget about the wildcard: The HP-produced, webOS-powered PalmPad no doubt has a couple of tricks, enough to put up a decent fight. Then there’s the battle-tested Windows that might still be able to fire a few direct shots.
I fully agree that this situation makes it important for content creators to be careful about tying themselves to a single platform.
“Author Once, publish for multiple channels” would be my recommendation to developers…
However the consensus RE Apple's iPad is that it will be the premier tablet device for the next 2 years at least, and I am not sure that this prediction factors in further product developments and improvements Apple will no doubt introduce, there is even the possibility of a more powerful and fully featured Apple hardware version in the future.
Personally I believe iOS devices and Apple in general will own this space for the foreseeable future….