Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Jun 2011 17:54 UTC
Editorial Bob Cringeley makes a bold statement in a blog post responding to Apple's iCloud announcement: "Jobs is going to sacrifice the Macintosh in order to kill Windows." He says, "The incumbent platform today is Windows because it is in Windows machines that nearly all of our data and our ability to use that data have been trapped. But the Apple announcement changes all that. Suddenly the competition isn't about platforms at all, but about data, with that data being crunched on a variety of platforms through the use of cheap downloaded apps."
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RE[4]: huh????
by Neolander on Tue 7th Jun 2011 21:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: huh????"
Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

The iPad isn't exactly affordable. It may be cheaper than its competitors, granted, but all tablets are still incredibly expensive for what they're up to in practice. Except maybe Archos' ones, haven't had a look at them for some time...

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RE[5]: huh????
by MOS6510 on Tue 7th Jun 2011 21:49 in reply to "RE[4]: huh????"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

It's not affordable and yet Apple has problems keeping up with demand.

Hell, parents even buy iPads for their kids.

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RE[6]: huh????
by Neolander on Tue 7th Jun 2011 21:54 in reply to "RE[5]: huh????"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

This "hard time keeping up with demand" means nothing, it's a very old marketing trick. I'm sure that even with Vista Microsoft dared to use the "oh man we can't supply enough" trick.

And as for parents buying fragile devices which start at $500 to kids, well... It's their money. And their kids. But I think it's insane, and I'm sure I'm not the only one doing so.

Edited 2011-06-07 21:57 UTC

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RE[5]: huh????
by jtfolden on Tue 7th Jun 2011 22:16 in reply to "RE[4]: huh????"
jtfolden Member since:
2005-08-12

The iPad isn't exactly affordable. It may be cheaper than its competitors, granted, but all tablets are still incredibly expensive for what they're up to in practice. Except maybe Archos' ones, haven't had a look at them for some time...


...but I think we have to look at "affordable" in the context of the market the product is in, don't we?

Otherwise, it's a free-for-all and entirely subjective. What is affordable to you may not be affordable to me and vise versa.

In any case, when Apple is one of the cheapest in a segment, or has the greatest value per cost, it's a bit silly for others to suggest the price is an Apple specific issue or barrier to entry.

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RE[5]: huh????
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 8th Jun 2011 02:16 in reply to "RE[4]: huh????"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

The ViewSonic sounds affordable for what it is.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/07/viewsonic-announces-250-viewbook...

I'd totally buy one, if I had a use for a tablet...

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RE[6]: huh????
by Neolander on Wed 8th Jun 2011 06:20 in reply to "RE[5]: huh????"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Indeed, $250 sounds like a fair price for the evolution of the PMP that most modern tablets are. If the thing is well-built and sufficiently polished.

Edited 2011-06-08 06:35 UTC

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