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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RE[5]: Young market
by Kroc on Fri 8th Apr 2011 14:35 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Young market"
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

Oh right, of course. You see I’m not defending iPad because it's Apple, I’m defending it because it's the best user experience right now. That's what actually matters. Other tablets have the opportunity to provide a better experience if they excel at the things that Apple refuse to do (wireless sync &c.) — my concern is that too many, especially manufacturers, are seeing this as a specs and OS game. It's not. Whenever I’ve used Android it never fails to impress me how bad it is. Just slapping on an Android build on cheap hardware won't make a more successful single product than the iPad.

Will Android overtake iPad in sales numbers? Yes. But then Android is not one device, it's many. Will there be one tablet sold by one manufacturer that will overtake the iPad? I very much doubt it. As far as I see only HP could come close, given how much better WebOS is than Android.

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RE[6]: Young market
by WereCatf on Sat 9th Apr 2011 01:42 in reply to "RE[5]: Young market"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

You see I’m not defending iPad because it's Apple, I’m defending it because it's the best user experience right now.


I disagree with that notion, but I quite believe it's down to matters of taste so I won't bother to start arguing about that. Besides, I don't really believe it's so much about the user experience per ce, it's more about how good Apple is at pointing people towards things they are likely to like. That is a very powerful thing to have and other manufacturers should pay much more attention to such things.

I do agree that other manufacturers do have a few things to learn from Apple, though I personally hope they won't take the walled garden approach by heart.

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RE[7]: Young market
by Alfman on Sat 9th Apr 2011 21:19 in reply to "RE[6]: Young market"
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2011-01-28

WereCatf,

"I do agree that other manufacturers do have a few things to learn from Apple, though I personally hope they won't take the walled garden approach by heart."


That would be a major set back for consumers and developers everywhere. The IBM PC was great because it was so openly accessible and hackable. It would be a shame if we forgot the lessons of openness and revert back to proprietary systems and vendor lock.

It's not just apple who's guilty here. Since vista, microsoft killed all open source drivers in windows. DRM is cropping up everywhere. We're crossing from the golden age of computing into the dark ages of computing. We're not there yet, but if we're not vigilant, corporations will be happy to take us there.

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RE[6]: Young market
by Lennie on Sat 9th Apr 2011 23:59 in reply to "RE[5]: Young market"
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2007-09-22

I agree with many of your points, but I'm afraid this is a world of 'good enough' for the lowest possible price.

People who can afford it might go out of their way to pay more and get a better user experience, but eventually an other platform will be good enough (and hopefully less locked-in) and the iPad might not make it.

I think this has already happend with the iPhone and Android-based phones.

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