Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Dec 2011 22:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Cheap Android tablets are all over the place, and generally not any good. They often have resistive touch screens instead of capacitive ones, are slow, or have no access to the Android Market. For Ice Cream Sandwich, MIPS Technologies is trotting out its existing Honeycomb tablet - which, you guessed it, uses a MIPS processor - licensed to Ainovo. For some reason, that makes this $99 tablet with capacitive screen kind of interesting.
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'scuse me Fester
by pixelmutt on Mon 5th Dec 2011 23:37 UTC
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Is that satire Fester?

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RE: 'scuse me Fester
by unclefester on Tue 6th Dec 2011 03:31 in reply to "'scuse me Fester"
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I'm serious. Apple is going to be totally overwhelmed by many powerful and dirt cheap tablets and phones within 6-12 months.

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RE[2]: 'scuse me Fester
by leos on Tue 6th Dec 2011 03:53 in reply to "RE: 'scuse me Fester"
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2005-09-21

I'm serious. Apple is going to be totally overwhelmed by many powerful and dirt cheap tablets and phones within 6-12 months.


Same thing was said 6-12 months ago. Funny how that hasn't happened.

It's almost like some people actually want a quality product (whether that's apple or android) and not the cheapest thing out there.

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RE[2]: 'scuse me Fester
by bloodline on Tue 6th Dec 2011 08:52 in reply to "RE: 'scuse me Fester"
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2008-07-28

I'm serious. Apple is going to be totally overwhelmed by many powerful and dirt cheap tablets and phones within 6-12 months.


Tablets are "lifestyle" machines, not commodity devices... If you can afford a tablet you don't need to scrape the bottom of the barrel. People buy Tablets not because they need them, but because they WANT them... Apple will dominate the Tablet market for as long as the tablet is a luxury device, as soon as they become commodity devices that is when Apple will suffer market losses, only then will cheap tablets have a real market.

Back on topic, from hardware point of view the MIPS is beautiful... It truly is my favourite CPU ISA (possibly only just second to 68k, but only because I have history there with my Amiga experience). But from a practical perspective, the ARM wins hands down... Designed not by idealist scientists (like MIPS), but by two engineers (with virtually no budget) it makes sensible engineering trade offs that allow it to dominate the Low Power market.

Like Thom, I also wouldn't mind this device just for exotic hardware geek lust, though I wouldn't expect it to be a practical device ;)

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RE[2]: 'scuse me Fester
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 6th Dec 2011 15:20 in reply to "RE: 'scuse me Fester"
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2006-07-14

The reality is that most people don't care about raw specs, but on the actual experience of using the device. My wife has a much better phone spec wise than her friend who has an original iphone 3g. However, her Sony Experia X10 keeps crapping out on her: slowing down randomly rebooting, ect. That doesn't happen to her friend with the older, slower cpu'd less memoried, iphone.

I think Apple will be fine.

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RE[2]: 'scuse me Fester
by David on Tue 6th Dec 2011 21:30 in reply to "RE: 'scuse me Fester"
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Yeah, just like how the easy availability of dirt cheap mp3 players totally destroyed Apple's iPod business.

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RE[2]: 'scuse me Fester
by reez on Fri 9th Dec 2011 14:25 in reply to "RE: 'scuse me Fester"
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2006-06-28

I'm serious. Apple is going to be totally overwhelmed by many powerful and dirt cheap tablets and phones within 6-12 months.

Would be really nice, but I am unsure. Netbooks for example seem to become more expensive here (Europe). At least I bought my first one for just above 100EUR and three years later I can't really find anything comparable. Of course they have become better, but the main reason - at least for me - for buying such a device is that they are cheaper than something comparable.

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