Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Dec 2011 22:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Cheap Android tablets are all over the place, and generally not any good. They often have resistive touch screens instead of capacitive ones, are slow, or have no access to the Android Market. For Ice Cream Sandwich, MIPS Technologies is trotting out its existing Honeycomb tablet - which, you guessed it, uses a MIPS processor - licensed to Ainovo. For some reason, that makes this $99 tablet with capacitive screen kind of interesting.
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RE[2]: 'scuse me Fester
by bloodline on Tue 6th Dec 2011 08:52 UTC in reply to "RE: 'scuse me Fester"
bloodline
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2008-07-28

I'm serious. Apple is going to be totally overwhelmed by many powerful and dirt cheap tablets and phones within 6-12 months.


Tablets are "lifestyle" machines, not commodity devices... If you can afford a tablet you don't need to scrape the bottom of the barrel. People buy Tablets not because they need them, but because they WANT them... Apple will dominate the Tablet market for as long as the tablet is a luxury device, as soon as they become commodity devices that is when Apple will suffer market losses, only then will cheap tablets have a real market.

Back on topic, from hardware point of view the MIPS is beautiful... It truly is my favourite CPU ISA (possibly only just second to 68k, but only because I have history there with my Amiga experience). But from a practical perspective, the ARM wins hands down... Designed not by idealist scientists (like MIPS), but by two engineers (with virtually no budget) it makes sensible engineering trade offs that allow it to dominate the Low Power market.

Like Thom, I also wouldn't mind this device just for exotic hardware geek lust, though I wouldn't expect it to be a practical device ;)

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