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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nevrr trust a techies judgement
by unclefester on Tue 6th Dec 2011 23:06 UTC
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One very clear message form reading the comments. That message is that the average techie has absolutely no understanding of human nature or business.

So far the arguments have been that:

- tablets are useless
- tablets are expensive
- tablets are a luxury
- cheap tablets are crap
- people want expensive tablets

The reality is completely different:

- tablets (even top of the range models) are far cheaper in real terms than a C64 was in the 80s. The C64 was a mega success.

- a tablet is cheaper than a decent TV. Every middle class family has multiple TVs.

- people will spend a lot of money on their children. In Australia about 40% of children attend private primary and high schools. These schools cost $5,000-40,000/year.

- tablets are ideal for children. Many toymakers and entertainment companies are making child specific devices (such as electronic crayons) and games for iOS and Android.

- the average toddler doesn't doesn't give a shit about a aesthetics, screen resolution or battery life. As long as they can watch a Wiggles video or play a simple game they are happy.

- for children the perfect tablet has a 7-8" low resolution screen, a low end CPU and a thick plastic case.

I can guarantee that next Xmas there will be super cheap ($70-100) child specific tablets in the stores.

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