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[3]: No, it isn't.
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 23:09 UTC 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[4]: No, it isn't.
by leos on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 23:14 in reply to "RE[3]: No, it isn't."
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Who said anything about 100?

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


So your argument doesn't hold up. You said:
This price drop has demonstrated that there is a huge market for cheap tablets


But it hasn't. The HP Touchpad has demonstrated that there's a huge market for a $500 tablet sold for $100. Just like there's a huge market for anything sold way below market value. There is absolutely zero indication that there is a huge market for cheap tablets that are built to that cheap price. Big difference.

Edited 2011-08-22 23:15 UTC

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RE[5]: No, it isn't.
by JAlexoid on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 01:08 in reply to "RE[4]: No, it isn't."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Actually there is a lot of space where the price of the device can be reduced. $100 manufacturing cost is not that far off, considering that cheaper components can be used. Cheaper != lower quality, but rather not the latest generation.

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RE[4]: No, it isn't.
by kristoph on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 02:56 in reply to "RE[3]: No, it isn't."
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

I see advertising for a $200 tabled on OSNews. Buy one and try it.

I have a g-Slate here for development. I don't actually know what it costs (because I got it for free at Google event) but it's really not in the same class as an iPad 2.

The hardware is reasonable if a bit cheap feeling (also I don't like the form factor but that could be me) and the stereoscopic cameras are cool (and take much better stills then my iPad 2) but the software is really immature.

I mean even YouTube, which is a Google app, is very unstable, and there are no apps to speak of that look even half decent on the thing.

Possibly, when the OS and the apps mature and there are more apps in the Market then Android on a tablet will be competitive but we're not there yet and pricing is not the issue.

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