Linked by David Adams on Thu 15th Jul 2010 16:45 UTC, submitted by strestout1
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "I've been a fan of Velocity Micro for years. Velocity Micro is a small system manufacturer that's been around for years, and you always have to root for the small guy. The company has announced that they will be releasing three new Android powered tablets this year to compete with hardware from heavyweights like iPad, Dell, and HP. Here's an early look at what to expect from the upcoming hardware."
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RE: Still nothing
by vivainio on Thu 15th Jul 2010 19:39 UTC in reply to "Still nothing"
vivainio
Member since:
2008-12-26

What's worse, in mimicking Apple they completely ignore the long tail, the other 90% of the customers whose willingness or ability to spend the same drops off sharply on the graph curve, but who put together could offer an income at least as rewarding.


Did you read the TFA? These guys are giving us exactly what we need - cheap tablets.

We want 10" netbooks for under 200$, with WiFi, Bluetooth, webcam, USB, SD reader, 2.5" HDD, extra-long battery life, ARM processor and running Linux (no Windows tax, see).


I can sacrifice extra-long battery life if it makes a cheaper & lighter device. 6 hours would be fine.

Why go for tablets, strange devices in a strange new niche market, the bastard child of Apple's narrow vision and their feud with Flash, when you can flood the market with affordable netbooks, a format that everybody understands and wants?


Netbook market is flooded already by established players. Tablets are the gold rush.

I wish they'd all stop chasing Apple's tail and have some ideas of their own.


I don't think these guys are following Apple's tail. They just see that a new market has been created, hardware to enter that market is available for a low price, and that this is their window to make the move.

I applaud these guys, as opposed to the cowards at HTC:

http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/07/10/htc-is-not-jumping-into-t...

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RE[2]: Still nothing
by wirespot on Fri 16th Jul 2010 11:06 in reply to "RE: Still nothing"
wirespot Member since:
2006-06-21

You should re-read HTC's statement on tablets:

[..]in order to be successful with a tablet, you need to have something compelling. And not just a compelling form factor. You need to find that compelling use, that compelling story, that one compelling feature. And we are not going to do anything until we have found that.


Apple has all that. They're the outstanding exception.

Who wants on screen keyboard and a touchscreen interface-only? Please raise your hand. I don't. I don't think many people want them. They can live with them if given compelling reasons, and the iPad makes a compelling argument (sort of). But most of the other tables don't.

These guys are giving us exactly what we need - cheap tablets.


Cheap is only part of it (and that's debatable, given the low-end specs).

I'm confused by the Velocity Micro tablet. I dunno what it is or what I'd use it for. For an eReader, it's too expensive. For an all-purpose device it's too devoid of features and juice. It's bigger than an iPod Touch or a smartphone so I can't keep it in my pocket, and has no GSM/CDMA ability.

Netbook market is flooded already by established players.


Far from it. Please re-read my ideal netbook specs above. What you'll find on the market today for $300 runs Windows, does not have outstanding battery life, uses an Atom CPU and is often missing specs here and there, such as no card reader, no webcam, trimmed down WiFi capabilities.

Tablets are the gold rush.


There's no gold if nobody's buying them. As for the rush, let me tell you something about rushing into new technology. Doing it first means nothing. Apple didn't do tablets first. You have to do it right. Otherwise you're just being a Guinea Pig for the other, smarter companies (like HTC), who wait and see what happens to the early adopters.

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RE[3]: Still nothing
by vivainio on Fri 16th Jul 2010 19:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Still nothing"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

For an eReader, it's too expensive. For an all-purpose device it's too devoid of features and juice. It's bigger than an iPod Touch or a smartphone so I can't keep it in my pocket, and has no GSM/CDMA ability.


$150 is something you find amid your pocket lint on sunday afternoon. GSM is something you do by plugging in your phone through USB and tethering the device.

There's no gold if nobody's buying them.


Believe me, people will by heavily into the tablet form factor. Tablet is a device people with money don't have already (as opposed to pc, laptop, netbook, smartphone).

Doing it first means nothing. Apple didn't do tablets first. You have to do it right.


Apple was the first to do it right. Now other guys know how to do it right as well.

Otherwise you're just being a Guinea Pig for the other, smarter companies (like HTC), who wait and see what happens to the early adopters.


Wait-and-see may work for some companies - but for others, now is the time to take your chances & make tons of money by having the guts to press on; especially if you got the right engineering resources in place. HTC clearly hasn't.

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