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[4]: Interesting experiment
by Tony Swash on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 17:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Interesting experiment"
Tony Swash
Member since:
2009-08-22

Please, define "world's best". According to whom or what?.



Well the Apple app store has the most apps and sells the most apps and makes developers a lot more money than any other app store. Thus best. Apple retail stores are hugely popular, have astonishing best of class visitors and sales per square foot and are growing much fast than an other retail chain. Thus best. Apple's brand always tops or comes near the top of customer appreciation and satisfaction surveys, brand appreciation surveys, reliability surgery etc. Thus best. Apple has the digital contents store with the biggest range of content and larger turnover and sales. Thus best. It's not rocket science.

Okay, where is my headless desktop then? And no, the Mac Pro doesn't really qualify.


Mac Mini - duh!

And this is good for me as a consumer because...? Maybe you sit in the board of directors and I don't, but I thought competition was (supposedly) a good thing, but it seems that no company really wants any -- Apple in particular.


That depends whether you like Apple products or not. My comment was about understanding why Apple succeeds, which includes factors such as this.


Yeah, keep on dreaming. Or check the prices. Whichever is going to cause you less stress. As far as I am concerned, my only reason to be interested in Apple is OS X. Or rather, was. Lion is firmly in the "what where they thinking" category and, if this is any indication of the things to come, I'm ready to move on.


Competitors have struggled to match the iPad in build quality and price and when they come close they make far less money than Apple. Its a similar story with the Macbook Air, competitors cannot match the unibody build quality and price and have been begging Intel unsuccessfully for special discounts


Steve, is that you?


You may not like the way the tech world is evolving but trying to pretend it isn't changing or that Apple isn't doing remarkably well especially in the new growth sectors is just silly. You don't have to be a fan boy to see what is happening or to be interested in the reasons why.

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RE[5]: Interesting experiment
by karunko on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 17:23 in reply to "RE[4]: Interesting experiment"
karunko Member since:
2008-10-28

"Please, define "world's best". According to whom or what?.


Well the Apple app store has the most apps and sells the most apps and makes developers a lot more money than any other app store. Thus best [...] It's not rocket science.
"
Only if you are ready to accept that, say, Lady Gaga is the best musician ever because she sells more records than [obscure or semi obscure musician of choice]. ;-) And I find rather odd that, all of a sudden, bigger means better while not until too long ago it was all about "quality". Looks like fat numbers are important only when they're good for you.


"Okay, where is my headless desktop then? And no, the Mac Pro doesn't really qualify.


Mac Mini - duh!
"
As I said:
- Can you replace the RAM? Check.
- Can you replace the hard disk? No.
- Can you have more than one? No. (Unless you go for the server version).
- Can you replace the graphics card? No.

Also, no matter how sleek the design is, it still represents very poor value for money.


Competitors have struggled to match the iPad in build quality and price and when they come close they make far less money than Apple. Its a similar story with the Macbook Air, competitors cannot match the unibody build quality and price and have been begging Intel unsuccessfully for special discounts

I asked before and I'll ask again: please explain how this is good for me as a consumer.



RT.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Well the Apple app store has the most apps and sells the most apps and makes developers a lot more money than any other app store. Thus best.


That's not the definition of best. Most != best.

Apple retail stores are hugely popular, have astonishing best of class visitors


What's a "best of class visitor"? The king?

Apple has the digital contents store with the biggest range of content and larger turnover and sales. Thus best.


You're not measuring quality, you're measuring quantity. By the same measurement Britney Spears made "the best" music and the VW Beetle is "the best" car.

It's not rocket science.

Differentiating between quantity and quality seem to be rocket science though.

Edited 2011-08-23 19:02 UTC

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