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: nevrr trust a techies judgement
by leos on Wed 7th Dec 2011 18:22 UTC in reply to "nevrr trust a techies judgement"
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One very clear message form reading the comments. That message is that the average techie has absolutely no understanding of human nature or business.

Do you have a point?

- tablets (even top of the range models) are far cheaper in real terms than a C64 was in the 80s. The C64 was a mega success.

I've got news for you. It's not the 80s anymore. I spent $2500 on a 386 desktop once too. Not relevant to today's market.

- a tablet is cheaper than a decent TV. Every middle class family has multiple TVs.

And? Your point? We're not comparing tablets to TVs. We're comparing tablets to tablets and laptops.

- people will spend a lot of money on their children. In Australia about 40% of children attend private primary and high schools. These schools cost $5,000-40,000/year.

So you're contradicting yourself. You say cheap tablets will dominate for children, and then you say it doesn't matter because parents will and are already paying premium prices for iPads.

- the average toddler doesn't doesn't give a shit about a aesthetics, screen resolution or battery life. As long as they can watch a Wiggles video or play a simple game they are happy.

Except tablets aren't being bought only for toddlers. Yes people buy them and give them to their kids to play games on sometimes. But lots of people also then pick it up and use it themselves once the kids have gone to bed.

- for children the perfect tablet has a 7-8" low resolution screen, a low end CPU and a thick plastic case.

Oh really. And you've done the research on this I assume?

I can guarantee that next Xmas there will be super cheap ($70-100) child specific tablets in the stores.

Great. Is anyone even arguing this point? So what if there is? How does that affect the existing market, or support your statement that apple is in trouble? Apple is not interested in making a $100 kid's toy, and this is not the tablet market. It might be part of it, but it isn't the whole thing by a long shot.

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unclefester Member since:

Get out of the basement and open your eyes.

One of Australia's major department store chains sells 8GB iPod touch style MP3 players for $59 and 7" touchscreen media players (stripped down tablets) for $79.

Unlocked Apple phones and tablets are already being sold at 10-15% discounts in Australia department stores.

Harvey Norman, until recently the biggest Apple reseller in Australia, doesn't have single Apple product in their latest catalogue. They have plenty of Android products though.

Telstra, Australia's largest phone company has just opened an Android only store in Melbourne.

Australia is one of Apples strongest markets. If sales are going badly here for Apple they must be a disaster elsewhere.

Back in the 90s we were constantly told that Apple products were unique, special and highly profitable as marketshare dropped to 5%.

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kaiwai Member since:

I don't know where in Australia you're located but as early as 2003 (I was living in Canberra at the time) Apple computers and i-devices were flying out the door - the local Dick Smiths were selling them faster than they could get it supplied by Apple. I've since visited Australia a few times since arriving back in New Zealand and Apple has gone from strength to strength without any let up. You keep going on about Android - great, buy a phone and find 6 months later the hand set as abandoned you by refusing to provide software updates in a timely manner - sorry, I'll sit here pretty with my iPhone 4 and receive updates for 3 years whilst the Android phone you purchased outright for just under a grand has been abandoned in under 6 months.

Btw, here I am in New Zealand whose GDP per capita is well below that of Australia and I see i-devices everywhere with Android only ever popping up when it comes to carrier branded Android devices such as the Vodafone 455, 555 and the 858 or in the case of Telecom's XT Network there is a Huawei X1 - all of which are running outdated unsupported versions of Android. Android's only marketshare is being gained in the low end bargain basement for teenagers who, as soon as they get some cash, quickly upgrade to an i-device at the earliest opportunity.

Btw, there is a reason why Apple is still selling 3GS - it is their price fighting phone to compete against the low end Android because that is where the Android is growing, not in the upper segments but down in the bargain basement carrier branded low end segment.

Edited 2011-12-10 02:21 UTC

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