Linked by David Adams on Tue 20th Dec 2011 06:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless 2011 will go down in the history books as a great year for tablets mostly for Apple's iPad however, not all tablet vendors fared as well as Apple. It's not for lack of products that prevented Android tablets from taking any market share away from Apple this year. By our calculation, over 100 tablets were introduced since the iPad however, we defy even the most tech-savvy of you to name more than a few of them. What was so wrong with the competition that it failed to make any inroads in the tablet market, at least until the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook came along?
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I have a need for a tablet
by RawMustard on Tue 20th Dec 2011 09:11 UTC
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But None of them are what I want. If I didn't mind being told what I can and can't do with my own property, then I would probably just get whatever's going. I want a tablet that I can install my own OS on, be it Linux, Windows, or whatever. I want to run what I want to run and configure it how I want. If I want java I can install Java, if I want Python I can install Python, if I want .not then I can install .not err I mean .nEt. if I want mplayer well you get the picture. And I want it to be quality at a fair price!

Oh and I don't want Carrier IQ rooted on the thing!

Am I asking too much?

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daedliusswartz Member since:

You are, for the mass market, which is what matters.

The mass market needs a vertical stack that helps them to live their lives.

People shouldn't have to for the most part think about "how" to use a device. It should be natural, intuitive, consistent and reliable.

Apps extend the device, but that in iself is within a defined boundary (i.e. a standardised API and hardware). They do not need to waste their time installing component after component. They should be focusing on what the app can do, not how it can do it.

They need a consistent experience and Android at this time doesn't provide that, though they are getting better.

If you do not believe me, consider why Android OEMs are trying to be more like Apple.

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Earl C Pottinger Member since:

But clearly they are not doing as good a job as Apple's walled garden model.

The answer to me is to go the complete opposite, open their machines so users can do the things they can't do on Apple's hardware.

Remember the first reason microcomputers took off was that users were able to do stuff on them that they could not get done on the big iron of the time.

Many of my personal uses of computers can not be done on an Apple tablet, but runs fine on my net-book. It is not a matter of CPU power but how flexible the over-all environment is.

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Stephen! Member since:

People shouldn't have to for the most part think about "how" to use a device.

People having to think is good exercise for the brain.

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Neolander Member since:

What's with this thinking that one needs to lock down everything in order to make usable products ?

One every bike I've ever bought, I could service everything myself, using a relatively standard interface. This characteristic also makes the life of my mechanic easier for stuff which I can't do or don't want to do.

Please explain how this makes bikes hard to use for people who don't want to bother and just see the mechanic each time the chain goes off the gears.

If you can't, please explain how tablets are different from bikes in this area.

Edited 2011-12-21 08:32 UTC

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RE: I have a need for a tablet
by Gusar on Tue 20th Dec 2011 11:19 in reply to "I have a need for a tablet"
Gusar Member since:

Am I asking too much?

You probably are. However, I'm right there with you. I won't even consider a tablet if it doesn't allow me to do what you describe. And even then, it would probably lack something else I'd want. Like say at least one full-sized usb port to plug in generic usb sticks.

Tablets are just too limited. I get a lot more out of a netbook. And for a smaller price too.

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tidux Member since:

If the Toshiba Thrive has an unlocked bootloader, it could be what you're looking for. It has a pretty stock Android (read: no OEM idiocy like Motobarf) and full-sized HDMI and USB host ports, and a full sized SDHC slot.

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Earl C Pottinger Member since:

What you want, is what I want. I want to choose what OS I use, I want to choose what software I install.

And I want the software install not to be removed on some outside company's whim.

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