Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Oct 2012 18:14 UTC
Google While Microsoft is unveiling all about Windows Phone 8, Google ruined the party a little bit by 'leaking' all about Android 4.2, the Nexus 10 tablet, and the new Nexus phone, the LG Nexus 4. There's some pretty awesome stuff in here from Google - except for the fact the devices themselves are kind of ugly.
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RE[5]: Nexus 4
by leos on Tue 30th Oct 2012 15:05 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Nexus 4"
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

Since today all the devices are assembled in china by more or less the same factories there is hardly an quality argument to make on hw level. Its all the same crap.


As if China can't make good quality stuff. Of course they can, that's just not the usual business model. If you don't think there's a difference between the quality of an iPhone or top Android phone and a no-name chinese brand then you've clearly never used either.

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RE[6]: Nexus 4
by cdude on Tue 30th Oct 2012 19:14 in reply to "RE[5]: Nexus 4"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

This isn't about noname brands. Are you aware that the iPhone 5 is $185 in material? The by far biggest chunk that increases the end-user price is neither QA nor sallery nor anything else (at the manufactor side - hey, foxconn, cheaper then cheap) that contributes to the quality of the product, its all the R&D and serviced that makes the final product + profit. The reason why iPhone is perceived as good quality is the overall product, design, software and services. Thats why it sells and why the high profit margins and R&D investment are possible. Assembling the hardware together id by far the lowest contributor to quality. But yes, every of that components can turn a otherwise good product bad.

Edited 2012-10-30 19:25 UTC

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RE[7]: Nexus 4
by leos on Tue 30th Oct 2012 19:52 in reply to "RE[6]: Nexus 4"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

This isn't about noname brands. Are you aware that the iPhone 5 is $185 in material? The by far biggest chunk that increases the end-user price is neither QA nor sallery nor anything else (at the manufactor side - hey, foxconn, cheaper then cheap) that contributes to the quality of the product, its all the R&D and serviced that makes the final product + profit. The reason why iPhone is perceived as good quality is the overall product, design, software and services. Thats why it sells and why the high profit margins and R&D investment are possible. Assembling the hardware together id by far the lowest contributor to quality. But yes, every of that components can turn a otherwise good product bad.


I completely agree with you, but I think it makes my point. With Nexus devices squeezing margins to just over cost to produce, then they are relying on covering their R&D costs in other ways (post-purchase advertising revenue).

Hence the poor design or quality control in no-name devices. They are covering their cost to manufacture, but can't afford to spend any money on QA or integration work. Sure you can get a tablet for $100, but the overall quality will be pretty miserable, even if the build quality itself is relatively close to the more expensive devices, there will be issues with software integration, or drivers, or updates, etc.

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