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[5]: No, it isn't.
by JAlexoid on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 01:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: No, it isn't."
JAlexoid
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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[6]: No, it isn't.
by BallmerKnowsBest on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 19:00 in reply to "RE[5]: No, it isn't."
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

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.


That makes sense... if you've never heard of concepts like "economies of scale" and assume that component prices will never drop.

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RE[7]: No, it isn't.
by JAlexoid on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 22:08 in reply to "RE[6]: No, it isn't."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Apple's iPad2 costs look to be the same as iPad's in 2010. And Apple is the biggest consumer, so they benefit the most. iPad1's component costs are about $200 at the moment, but those are Apple's costs...

PS: Did you try to insult me? Or maybe you know the actual costs of components to manufacturers? How many contacts at Foxconn do you have?

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