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[6]: No, it isn't.
by kristoph on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 14:53 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: No, it isn't."
kristoph
Member since:
2006-01-01

There's a huge difference. Today's $100 tablets are piece of junk. Tomorrow's $100 tablets will be good enough. At which point the $500 tablet market will become a niche, just like $4000 laptops are a niche nowadays.


Apple makes the best selling laptops and their cheapest laptop is twice this price so this theory is clearly not valid.

http://amzn.to/mPtlJ4

Because Apple have been clever and have made cheap iPods too ;)


There are mp3 players at a fraction of the cost of the cheapest iPod and they do exactly the same thing as the iPod but the iPod still dominates.

http://amzn.to/qgqX7X

Notice that the best selling mp3 player is actually USD 229 a whopping 11 times a competing player also on the top 10.

So this is a nice theory but the market reality just does not back it up.

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RE[7]: No, it isn't.
by Neolander on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 15:06 in reply to "RE[6]: No, it isn't."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Apple makes the best selling laptops and their cheapest laptop is twice this price so this theory is clearly not valid.

http://amzn.to/mPtlJ4

Apple's 13-inch macbook pro sells best because it's the cheapest OSX-running laptop that isn't a piece of junk. As it happens people need OS X specifically for some tasks like media editing (legacy reasons play a big part there) or iOS development (iOS currently playing a big part in the mobile ecosystem).

So basically, the main reasons to buy a mac instead of an equivalent PC are the abusive OS X and iOS SDK licensing terms. Does not exactly say much about their chances to compete in a free market.

There are mp3 players at a fraction of the cost of the cheapest iPod and they do exactly the same thing as the iPod but the iPod still dominates.

http://amzn.to/qgqX7X

Notice that the best selling mp3 player is actually USD 229 a whopping 11 times a competing player also on the top 10.

As said elsewhere, I think it was in this thread, iPod sales are in steady decline in favor of the cheap mp3 players bundled in cellphones.

So this is a nice theory but the market reality just does not back it up.

Well, it goes to show that stuff like monopolies and well-worded licensing terms can help the most expensive stuff to stay alive.

Like Windows.

Edited 2011-08-23 15:08 UTC

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RE[8]: No, it isn't.
by kristoph on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 15:16 in reply to "RE[7]: No, it isn't."
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Apple's 13-inch macbook pro sells best because it's the cheapest OSX-running laptop that isn't a piece of junk. As it happens people need OS X specifically for some tasks like media editing (legacy reasons play a big part there) or iOS development (iOS currently playing a big part in the mobile ecosystem).


Are you seriously suggesting that Apple makes 3 of the top 5 best selling laptops on the strength of purchases from media creators and software developers?!?

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