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