Let’s say you’re the chairman of a company who’s done quite well in the netbook business but just lost money for the first time ever. How would you convince your investors that your key product isn’t being damaged by the iPad? If you’re Acer, you just laugh and call it some kind of crazy new fad that will fade in time.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his team have been quite insistent that the 7-inch form factor doesn’t make sense for a tablet, while other companies have been quite happy to give it a go. The latest is Acer, who unveiled its new Iconia Tab A100 on Friday morning, the first 7-inch to come with Android Honeycomb 3.2.