Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 21:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Last week, HP killed its webOS devices unit. Over the weekend, the company slashed the prices on the TouchPad. The result? The TouchPad sold out completely in a matter of hours. This confirms what I've been hearing from friends and family: "I'd love a tablet, but I'm not paying laptop money for one."
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RE: No, it isn't.
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 22:53 UTC in reply to "No, it isn't."
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

The future of the tablet market is companies rushing to sell top notch hardware at a huge loss.


No, the future of the tablet market is cheaper tablets.

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RE[2]: No, it isn't.
by leos on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 23:08 in reply to "RE: No, it isn't."
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

"The future of the tablet market is companies rushing to sell top notch hardware at a huge loss.


No, the future of the tablet market is cheaper tablets.
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Nope. You can already get tablets for close to $100, and the realities of hardware costs means they are total crap. Resistive touch screens, completely out of date processors, insufficient ram, and a hastily slapped on Android that's likely out of date and buggy.

You're dreaming if you think we're ever going to get a tablet that can compete with iPad/Xoom/Galaxy class products for $100.

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RE[3]: No, it isn't.
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 23:09 in reply to "RE[2]: No, it isn't."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

You're dreaming if you think we're ever going to get a tablet that can compete with iPad/Xoom/Galaxy class products for $100.


Who said anything about 100?

I said cheaper. I'm thinking 200-300.

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RE[3]: No, it isn't.
by ebasconp on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 23:17 in reply to "RE[2]: No, it isn't."
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

Why not?

Think on a company promoting its new ecosystem; the company gives away high-end devices for free (or almost free) and profits by the whole ecosystem (apps, ad-based free apps, accesories, etc.).

In fact, because of what happened this weekend with webOS, the platform will be alive for a long long time and a lot of developers (someones enthusiastic, other ones wishing earn money) will continue writing apps for it.

Edited 2011-08-22 23:21 UTC

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RE[3]: No, it isn't.
by Neolander on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 03:49 in reply to "RE[2]: No, it isn't."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Well, I say yes. Early PCs costed thousands of $, modern ones cost a few hundreds. Price has dropped by an order of magnitude before stabilizing. Same drop for cellphones and DAPs. And there's nothing special about tablet hardware (save for being magical, of course). So in 10 or 20 years, $100 or less capacitive tablets that do *much* more than the current ones should be commonplace.

If tablets follow the competitive evolution of other digital hardware, that is. They could also fall under the control of a monopoly and keep their high price as any price drop is turned into profit. Just like everyone enjoys Windows' pricing today.

Edited 2011-08-23 03:59 UTC

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RE[2]: No, it isn't.
by Joy_Division_Lives! on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 14:33 in reply to "RE: No, it isn't."
Joy_Division_Lives! Member since:
2011-07-29

The future of the tablet market is companies rushing to sell top notch hardware at a huge loss....

No, the future of the tablet market is cheaper tablets.


The only reason that people are buying the Touchpad is that they are getting a tablet that cost $324.00 to manufacture at $99.00.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal-tech/tablets/231001092

Would these same people buy a tablet whose parts and quality were around $99.00? And...I doubt manufacturers are willing to take a $225.00 + loss per unit on their tablets.

If I was Samsung, RIM or any other tablet manufacturer (Apple excluded, of course), this would depress the hell out of me. It's the "champagne tastes, beer wallet" syndrome at play. In addition, HP just impacted their sales for this Q, at the very least.

There is no tablet market...just an iPad market.

Edited 2011-08-23 14:37 UTC

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