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Apple shatters sales records, calls Android tablets 'bizarre'

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 18, 2011
Sells 16M iPhones, 7M iPads as revenues break $20B mark for the second quarter running

When asked to comment on potential iPad rivals, Cook laid into the competition, calling current tablets running Android "bizarre products in our view" because that version of the operating system wasn't designed for tablets.

Of the Android tablets that many manufacturers strutted at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, Cook was slightly kinder. "There's nothing shipping yet, so I don't know [how they'll do against the iPad]," he said. "But it's hard for me to understand that in a side-by-side comparison, that an enormous amount of people won't select an iPad."

Cook also described tablets running Windows as "big and heavy and expensive" devices that "customers are not interested in."

He argued that even when credible tablets make it to market, Apple has a "huge" advantage because of its early entry into the market.

"I think they got Windows tablets correct," Marshall said. "But they were a little dismissive of Android as vapor because we'll see them shortly."

No analyst asked about Jobs' medical leave, when -- of even if -- he might return to the company as CEO, or how his absence will impact the firm, its revenues or its product offerings.

"That was the elephant in the room," said Marshall, who noted that he had queued up to ask about Jobs but wasn't called on during the 40-minute Q&A.

 

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