Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jul 2012 19:16 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Nigeria's Saheed Adepoju is a young man with big dreams. He is the inventor of the Inye, a tablet computer designed for the African market. According to the 29-year-old entrepreneur, his machine's key selling point is its price - $350 opposed to around $700 for an iPad. He believes that, because of this, there is a big market for it in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, particularly amongst students. He is also hoping to sell his tablet - which runs on the Google Android operating system - to the Nigerian government and plans to have at least one computer in each local government area." Mobile phones have had a huge impact on Africa, so just imagine what tablets, with their larger screens and easier access to the web, can do. Amazing initiative.
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It depends
by WorknMan on Fri 20th Jul 2012 20:03 UTC
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Whether or not this will be a win for Android depends on whether the tablet is any good.

I've seen a lot of well-intentioned Fandroids recommending cheap tablets as an alternative to an iPad. Only problem is that pretty much all of them (including the Kindle Fire) suck ass, so by recommending these things, you can be pretty much assured that any/all of the following things will happen:

1. They're going to have a bad experience with it, and they'll probably blame it on Android
2. They'll tell all their friends about how horrible Android is, further entrenching the belief that Android is nothing but a laggy, fragmented piece of crap
3. It pretty much assures that if they do buy another tablet, it'll probably be running iOS.

Moral to the story? It's better for people to buy an iPad than a craptastic Android tablet. Sure, there are some great Android tablets out there, but don't try to sell people on the cheap shit, unless it's actually worthwhile (like the Nexus 7), because doing so causes more harm than good in the end. That is, of course, assuming you're not trying to make people hate Android ;)

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RE: It depends
by MOS6510 on Fri 20th Jul 2012 20:16 in reply to "It depends"
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I think the iPad is more suited for the western way of living.

In Africa other things than consuming media are more important and having a device that doesn't require an app store is more usefull.

Africa isn't one of Apple's biggest regions of attention, precense or market value.

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RE[2]: It depends
by WorknMan on Fri 20th Jul 2012 22:49 in reply to "RE: It depends"
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I think the iPad is more suited for the western way of living.

In Africa other things than consuming media are more important and having a device that doesn't require an app store is more usefull.

Right, but this isn't an Android vs iPad debate. This is a cheap-ass, barely-functional, will probably die in 3 months Android tablet vs iPad debate ;)

Not to say that the tablet in question is as bad as the other bottom-of-the-barrel Android tablets, but if it is, better for it not to exist at all. If it's more along the lines of the Nexus 7 though, it should be alright.

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RE: It depends
by JoeBuck on Fri 20th Jul 2012 20:44 in reply to "It depends"
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But the Nexus 7 is a substantial improvement over the Kindle Fire.

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RE[2]: It depends
by JoeBuck on Fri 20th Jul 2012 20:45 in reply to "RE: It depends"
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Also, the Nexus 7 does not require an app store; it can be set to allow apps from any source to be installed (unlike either the iPad or the Kindle Fire).

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RE: It depends
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 20th Jul 2012 21:40 in reply to "It depends"
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What android tablet cheaper than the nexus would anyone in their right minds suggest?

I think you may have had a point before the nexus, but now... not really.

But true to facts, I still haven't come up with a use for a tablet made by anyone at any price range.

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RE[2]: It depends
by ricegf on Sat 21st Jul 2012 15:48 in reply to "RE: It depends"
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Tablets may not fit any of your use cases, but they fit a lot of mine.

They make good readers, for example. My company provides both Safari and Books24x7 subscriptions, and I do a lot of technical (and some pleasure) reading on my iPad far more comfortably than on my laptop, netbook, or phone (I've read books on all 3). It's also lighter and more flexible than a paper Bible.

Better for work emails and such than a Blackberry (too small) or laptop (too bulky) for my tastes.

My dad and I actually set it on the table between our chairs last fall to watch several college football games that weren't on TV. A little small, but far better than the radio. (This is one of the few areas where a 10" has a definite advantage for me over a 7".)

I also took notes during general sessions of PyCon 2012 on it, as it's far lighter than my laptop (which I needed for technical sessions, since iPad lacks decent Python support). I've taken notes in other venues as well.

And some games just work better with touch than with a mouse, such as the standard Angry Birds (though I play that most often on my N900).

I guess a few other people have found similar benefit to tablets, as well, since Android and iOS are now approaching Windows in the overall consumer computing market. Happily, it's not just a Windows world any longer.

But if none of these fit you, then viva la difference! :-)

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RE: It depends
by Neolander on Sat 21st Jul 2012 06:09 in reply to "It depends"
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Well, you could also have as a goal to make people hate all current tablets, regardless of what the OS is, and ask for such things as better input devices as big fingers on a water-sensitive surface, desktop Windows-like full OS support for more than five years, user-replaceable batteries... or quality offerings below laptop pricing, since tablets functionally cannot do as much as a laptop in their current form.

Either OS and device manufacturers admit that current tablets are just big PMPs like Archos used to make 10 years ago, and they reduce the price accordingly (this is old news, so it should be cheap), or they advertise the thing as a shiny potential desktop replacement and have to offer at least the same quality of service that desktop have had for years. But they shouldn't have it both ways.

Edited 2012-07-21 06:11 UTC

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