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Old 05-13-2008, 05:04 AM   #1
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Price vs features

With the new Astak Mentor likely to be priced between 'less than $ 200' for 5"and 'less than $ 350' for 9.7’ according to their website, I was wondering, how the consumer is going to react. We don't know anything as yet about the hardware quality but what we know for sure that it is going to be an E-ink device. Now if one compares what Astak has on its website regarding the types of files their Mentor would be able to handle, it seems software wise they are unlikely (at least initially) to provide for a superior experience over the cybook Gen 3 or Sony. But no matter how inferior the software is (as long as it’s not too buggy) I don't see myself choosing a Cybook over Mentor if the latter does indeed come for a price of 200-250 for a 6 inch. What do you guy's think?
How important is price vis-à-vis software as long as the hardware is essentially the same?
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Old 05-13-2008, 05:37 AM   #2
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If it's released for under US$200 I'll eat my hat . Don't believe pre-release "guesstimates".
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With the new Astak Mentor likely to be priced between 'less than $ 200' for 5"and 'less than $ 350' for 9.7’ according to their website,
According to the first news in the first thread about the astak device, the 5" version should sell for under $160 ;-)
In the meantime they have moved the release schedule for 5" and 6" to the July.

I am very excited about this device, yet I am not going to hold my breath. Do you remember the very first speculations about Kindle? It was supposed to sell for $50 if I remember correctly.

*If* there is 5" model for under $200 and 9,7" model for under $400 I will purchase BOTH. I have alredy looked up a company that will purchase them for me in the USA and will import them here - (central europe)
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If it's released for under US$200 I'll eat my hat . Don't believe pre-release "guesstimates".
It's ok if they loose money on each device... because they will make it up in volume.

(There seem to be no back/end sales on this as there is with Sony/Kindle.)

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