|02-19-2008, 04:14 AM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Device: Thinkpad X60t
The £99 laptop/tablet
|02-19-2008, 04:42 AM||#2|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Device: iPod Touch, Amazon Kindle, Motorola Droid
Sweet! I don't know how well the hardware will work, but it looks like this could be pretty good for reading (comics would be especially nice when using that screen as a tablet).
|02-19-2008, 07:06 AM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Device: Kindle Voyage, iPad Mini, iPhone 4, MS Surface Pro, N7
|02-19-2008, 08:14 AM||#4|
New York Editor
Join Date: Aug 2007
Device: Palm TX, Azpen A727 tablet, Fujitsu Lifebook p2110 w/ FBReader
And the low-priced space is beginning to get crowded. In addition to the ASUS eee, the OLPC, and the Elonex, we have the Everex Cloudbook and the forthcoming Pixel Qi offering.
|02-19-2008, 12:30 PM||#5|
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Grass Valley, CA
Device: EB 1150, EZ Reader, Literati, iPad 2
Basically a photoframe with a keyboard and 3 hour battery.
|02-29-2008, 12:24 PM||#6|
Join Date: Jun 2007
now this is where I had expected computing to be heading 15 years ago. But we just get the same variations one a very old theme and architecture. Really due to the Big Business in terms of both hardware and software (ie MS) we are seeing steadily INCREASE prices for marginal improvements from generation to generation.
Cell phones should be $20...maybe $50 for a Crackberry. But because the Telco's kickback so much to the hardware makers n terms of the contract you sign the price for a cell is artificially inflated. It is misdirection when we read how the contract subsidizes the cost of of phone. Not it does not, what it does is allow the Cellular provider to stifle competition in the area of service by having certain hardware exclusivity to their service. And they do this by paying a portion of the subscriptions back the the device mfg in order to keep the price of unlocked phones inflated making them unattractive to people who cannot afford to layout a lot of cash up front and who are also conditioned to "...just make payments..." on everything in their lives. Read what these companies say...or more importantly what their propaganda does not say. I feel safe in saying that the bundling of service with phones is a huge cash cow for that industry, it's anticompetitive which keeps prices which should be falling higher, especially here in the US where we pay HUGE over what both cellular and data connections cost in Europe. And it is all based on the way MS licensed it's OS's with all the big system mfg's...same model with just a few industry specific tweaks.
To see companies like the folks with OLPC & the new gens of that device is heart warming really. They prove that the mfg'ing costs of any of these devices is NOT what people believe. And they aren't as high as people believe...even, and I know this is an old argument here, but even e-ink displays do not cost what is claimed. Those companies are including the cost of the R&D in a single generation of devices simply because people never thing about the value in a purchase anymore only the endorphin release of the purchase itself. Production costs are trivial in comparison to the R&D which lasts generations but is billed to the consumer as if every new product is a whole new device based on completely new technology. Anyway old topic that never goes anywhere so I just mention it for comparison's sake.
If these newer portable devices continue this trend we will not only see and end to the artificial premium for portability but also significant innovation for a change...and a lessening lock on things by both MS & Apple. Face it MS has never had ANY competition on the desktop because Apple never sold their OS as a stand alone product. There is your stagnation and an OS so huge that nobody really knows what it does anymore. Trade off is applications work on any brand of system...this is good but has any of the paradigms changed in the past decade? Nope...
Add things like GoogleGears into the mix and we are seeing a truly hardware independent/transparent OS revolution happening FINALLY.
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