Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 7th Apr 2011 22:15 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Geeks.com sent us in an Android 2.2 tablet, the MID M80003W. They recently populated their store with a number of cheap tablets, so we thought it was a good idea to see what one could expect from these products that seem to have flooded the market recently.
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Young market
by Neolander on Fri 8th Apr 2011 06:05 UTC
Neolander
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2010-03-08

Tablets and phones which cost the price of a good laptop to do less on a smaller screen are a total rip-off as far as I'm concerned, but it looks like lower-end tablets are far from being ready, unlike lower-end phones.

And that's normal. The market is young, we do not know yet how to produce those things cheaply enough. Kind of like the first microcomputers. In a few year, one will find excellent hardware at half the price of current tablets, bundled with software that's much better suited for it, and then tablets will start to become more interesting.

Edited 2011-04-08 06:12 UTC

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RE: Young market
by unclefester on Fri 8th Apr 2011 09:55 in reply to "Young market"
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2007-01-13

I have a Chinese Star A3000 Android phone - Quad Band, 600MHz cpu, 512MB ram, 3MP camera, dual SIM, inbuilt GPS, capacitative touchscreen,and TV tuner. All for $140 including shipping. Or just over $100 each as a bulk purchase.

Edited 2011-04-08 09:57 UTC

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RE[2]: Young market
by unclefester on Fri 8th Apr 2011 09:57 in reply to "RE: Young market"
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Or just over $100 each as bulk purchase.

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RE[2]: Young market
by Neolander on Fri 8th Apr 2011 15:07 in reply to "RE: Young market"
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2010-03-08

Yeah, I've corrected the post, the original wording sounded like good phones too are overly expensive, which is clearly not the case.

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RE: Young market
by Kroc on Fri 8th Apr 2011 11:26 in reply to "Young market"
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2005-11-10

Do less?

Where is iPad’s Garage Band for the PC?

For regular users, the iPad is the first computer that does more for them. It doesn't do everything _we_ want it to, but it opens up functionality they never knew existed on a typical PC (glorified Internet box to most).

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RE[2]: Young market
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 8th Apr 2011 11:44 in reply to "RE: Young market"
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2005-06-29

For regular users, the iPad is the first computer that does more for them.


...but they can't use it without first learning how to use a normal computer so they can run iTunes.

Argument fail.

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RE[2]: Young market
by fatjoe on Fri 8th Apr 2011 11:49 in reply to "RE: Young market"
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2010-01-12

Where is iPad’s Garage Band for the PC?.


Are you seriously claiming that there are no equals to garageband on PC?? Did you know that
1. GarageBand is available on mac (which is a PC) too.
2. GarageBand is generally considered among the least sophisticated desktop music application. Even in the "just a toy" section there are better and more institutive tools on PC (e.g. fruity loops, ACID, Reason and many many more).


Yes, Android lacks anything remotely as good as GarageBand. But comparing garageband on ipad to PC software? dude, what planet are you from??

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RE[2]: Young market
by Neolander on Fri 8th Apr 2011 15:17 in reply to "RE: Young market"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Are you really telling me that you don't believe that music production software aimed at kids doesn't exist on regular computers ? ;)

The argument "regular people (an expression that's much too often used as a graceful way to say "idiots") don't know what they can do with their PCs, so PCs are crap" is invalid here. This post was about "as far as I'm concerned". I know what a computer can truly do, and a pretty application grid won't impress me ;)

Edited 2011-04-08 15:22 UTC

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