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Hardware, Embedded Systems InfoWorld's Neil McAllister offers 10 reasons why the PC is here to stay despite Steve Jobs' recent pronouncement that the iPad signals the end of the PC era. 'Depending on whom you ask, the iPad will save journalism, rescue the book publishing business, transform the movie industry, change the way we communicate, and make the perfect omelet. But there are plenty of reasons to suspect that at least some of these predictions will prove overly optimistic. Even more dubious is the idea that the iPad signals a true sea change in computing,' McAllister writes. Chief among the reasons the PC is not dead yet are desktops' comparative cost-effectiveness, the lack of versatility of mobile devices, the fact that desktop and mobile OSes don't mix, and limitations inherent to tablet devices' dependencies on the cloud.
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Like anything else overhyped
by deathshadow on Tue 6th Jul 2010 23:53 UTC
deathshadow
Member since:
2005-07-12

It's own hype will be the death of it... since we're all riding around on Segways.

It's funny though, I think the biggest thing that's going to kill it is the size -- the slightly smaller 7" android powered arm knockoffs coming out of china for $160USD or less, and the Atom powered Cisco Cius are a much more practical form factor -- I really think Apple aimed too high on form factor.

I mean, have you tried to use one? It's too big to hold in one hand while trying to type or navigate with the other, it's too big to go in a backpack without smooshing it.

The 7" ones are the size of a 150 page paperback... and seem more feature-rich on simple things that don't cost a damn like in-built cameras.

I really think that android + a 1ghz ARM + a REAL amount of RAM and Flash at a $300 price point would kick some serious ass; if they can do it with a 300mhz VIA ARM9 in the 7" form factor for under $80, at 600mhz VIA ARM9 for around $100, and 600MHZ Rockchip with a 550mhz DSP for $150, I don't see how a real 1ghz dual core ARM, a REAL amount of RAM and flash and maybe a durable case should double the street price.

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RE: Like anything else overhyped
by viton on Wed 7th Jul 2010 05:48 in reply to "Like anything else overhyped"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

if they can do it with a 300mhz VIA ARM9 in the 7" form factor for under $80

They can sell these things for cheap, because they do not produce any software, use cheapest components regardless of quality. Apple use their own chips, provide unique well-designed software. That's adds to the value and price.

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saso Member since:
2007-04-18

The reality is that most of Apple's appeal originates in its easy-to-use software stack, however the software landscape is changing really quickly. Ever since I got a new htc desire with android 2.1 with the sense ui, I believe android really is on-par with the latest iOS 4 in terms of features and quality, and even far surpasses it in many respects (not having to care about managing an app's lifecycle at all, true multitasking, software freedom, etc.).

The hardware side of the story is also taken care of. We have mature high-performance ARM CPUs, cheap RAM, great displays and companies capable of manufacturing all this into quality designs (quanta, asus, etc.).

If HTC, or some other sensible manufacturer, came out with a 7-9'' tabled device with decent hardware specs running android, I'd get one immediately. Let's hope that 2010/2011 will be the year of Linux on the tabled. :-)

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

They can sell these things for cheap, because they do not produce any software, use cheapest components regardless of quality. Apple use their own chips, provide unique well-designed software. That's adds to the value and price.


I don't think software matters as much for this type of device since they are mostly used for web browsing.

A lot of people like myself could make use of one if it just had a browser and Flash.

Edited 2010-07-07 16:38 UTC

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