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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RE[2]: 'scuse me Fester
by bloodline on Tue 6th Dec 2011 08:52 UTC in reply to "RE: 'scuse me Fester"
bloodline
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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[3]: 'scuse me Fester
by biffuz on Tue 6th Dec 2011 11:21 in reply to "RE[2]: 'scuse me Fester"
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2006-03-27

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.


You're right, tablets are luxury devices because most of the people don't need it. But when people will stop wanting them, cheap tablets are not going to have a real market... it will simply collapse.

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RE[3]: 'scuse me Fester
by zima on Tue 6th Dec 2011 11:30 in reply to "RE[2]: 'scuse me Fester"
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2005-07-06

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.

There's some logic loop, non sequitur of sorts there - paraphrasing, roughly: one very successful tablet doesn't target lesser people ...hence there's no real market for tablets which would target them?

It's not really about scraping the bottom of the barrel (that's a very relative thing) either, there are billions of people who would probably do well with a tablet - there are 2+ billion PC users, 5+ billion mobile subscribers (how many of them need those phones? how were they able to get by a short decade ago?); the numbers receptive to some kind of a tablet* possibly fall somewhere in-between, and Apple openly states distaste for targeting them.

With economies of scale & software base the choices of those people should, yeah, in time overwhelm classes of devices aiming at "premium" image (oh well, home computers, Macintosh, workstations and PC all over again). And it will be very much a "lifestyle" for many (most?) of them, just as mobile phones already are.


PS. * Though I wouldn't be too surprised if we'd - partially or largely - settle on, essentially, small tablets with phone functionality (just without their usual now, in developed markets at least, silly price premiums); at least it would finally give real purpose to Bluetooth headsets...
(and, in a "largely" variant, would allow many to claim that Apple never gave away the tablet market; while what would really happen is that the rest of the world leapfrogged it, like with music players)

Edited 2011-12-06 11:38 UTC

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RE[3]: 'scuse me Fester
by unclefester on Tue 6th Dec 2011 12:46 in reply to "RE[2]: 'scuse me Fester"
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2007-01-13


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.


There is already a massive market for cheap tablets - children. A tablet is a movie player, story book and games machine all in one. Even the very cheapest 7" tablets are more than adequate for keeping a child amused.

Within 12-24 months the tablet will be as common as a games console or a DVD player in middle class homes.

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RE[4]: 'scuse me Fester
by David on Tue 6th Dec 2011 21:35 in reply to "RE[3]: 'scuse me Fester"
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1997-10-01

Though I disagree with Uncle Fester's original point, I do agree with this. There's still plenty of untapped market for tablets, particularly for kids. However, my kids have iPod touches, and they're actually a little bit more practical for a lot of the things mentioned here (entertainment) precisely because they're smaller and more portable.

But of course the ipod touch costs $200. I think that cheap tablets will probably spur Apple to do two things: an intermediate tablet between the touch and the ipad, and pushing the price down until the touch is $99 and they have a 7" tablet for $199.

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