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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unclefester
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2007-01-13

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:
2005-07-06

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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