In the article 10 Reasons To Buy Xoom (And 2 Not To) as compared to an iPad, I talk about the walled garden aspect of the iPad.
Xoom is built to be hacked to serve enterprises’ specific needs. Within days of release, message boards were filled with gloating reports of just how easy it is to modify the Xoom’s guts, even over-clocking the CPU for blazing speed. “Sure, a company could jailbreak their iPad fleet but that has significant support and warranty issues associated with it,” said C. Scyphers, chief technical architect at Daemon Consulting.
I actually went a bit further than that in the original interview. Here’s what I said at the time:
There are four large reasons why a CIO should closely examine the Xoom tablet:
- The iPad may been cheaper and may have more penetration, but a company can develop an application for the Android tablet and have it ready instantly, as opposed to going through the rather opaque approval process of Apple.
- A company can also create an Android tablet application and distribute it quietly amongst their employees, instead of posting it on Apple’s App Store for all the world to see.
- Sure, a company could jailbreak their iPad fleet, but that has significant support and warranty issues associated with it.
- If your company intends to sell items through the tablet application, Apple takes 20% more of each sale than Android does.
The common thread with all three of these points is openness. Apple is a closed ecosystem; Android is not. I believe it’s better to go with the more open platform from the start.
I say this as an owner of an iPad, but not a Xoom. Perhaps a bit hypocritical, but I didn’t pay for the iPad. It’s been a decent enough tablet, but I still do not believe it to be ready for prime time business use. Yet.