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Old 10-12-2012, 06:55 PM  
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The REAL tablet wars are about to start

Up until now the choices have actually been rather spartan when you compare the tablet market to the PC space. That is about to change in the next two months... and prices are going to reflect the change. (Though I doubt right away, it will take some time to shake it all out)


New tablets coming soon:

Windows 8 tablets: these are the most interesting due to the fact that they can double as a laptop and run x86 based programs. In theory these should dominate the market over time but in reality pricing will determine their adoption rate. Color me skeptical for now.

Windows RT: meh... basically windows version of an Android or iOS tablet, I see very limited potential here but who knows.

iPad Mini: Also will depend on pricing. If it isn't at least CLOSE to the $200 price point, I can't see any compelling reason to purchase one other than the typical Apple fan "have to have the cool new thing" factor. Of course, we know jack shite about their specs so I could be way off here... but it's always good to have more choices.

As for all the other Android tablets... I see a number of major price drops heading our way.. take a look at the new Kindle Fire HD 8.9 at $299 and the Nook HD+ at $269.. that's unreal. We are about to have quality tablets getting close to the $250 mark.

EDITED TO ADD RUMORS:

Google is supposedly releasing a $99 tablet and a 10.1" Nexus with REALLY high end specs (made by Samsung) both are rumored to start manufacturing in December.

Any thoughts?

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Old 12-16-2012, 08:09 PM   #211
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Overall I think it's a neat little piece of hardware, but it still falls into a gap without a market.
Yeah, RT doesn't appeal to me in any way... for MS in the tablet space it's all about Pro.. which is looking more and more to be priced too high for most consumers and aimed solely at corporate customers.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:10 PM   #212
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This doesn't really fit in this thread but it's not worth it's own thread...

Ray Kurzweil has just been hired by Google! Pretty exciting stuff.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:54 AM   #213
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Yeah, RT doesn't appeal to me in any way... for MS in the tablet space it's all about Pro.. which is looking more and more to be priced too high for most consumers and aimed solely at corporate customers.
Microsoft has done everything wrong that they could do. I bet within the next 5-10 years xbox will become their most valuable asset. Look at all the money they're throwing at Google in advertising and anti-trust. They know they're ****ed.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:39 AM   #214
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Yeah, RT doesn't appeal to me in any way... for MS in the tablet space it's all about Pro.. which is looking more and more to be priced too high for most consumers and aimed solely at corporate customers.
It does appear that they're targeting the corporate space.

However, they're so late to the game. There's already a large Apple installed base.
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:52 PM   #215
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Well the rumors are heating up about the mythical $99 tablet(that is not a piece of crap)! I honestly think we'll see both of these released in the next quarter as $150 tablets.. which is still a fantastic price point. Expect to see announcements at CES in 2 weeks.

"$99" ASUS
http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/12...t-images-leak/

"$99" Acer
http://www.tgdaily.com/mobility-feat...android-tablet

The funny part is that both sets of leaked specs are being reviews as "lower end" or "value" not cutting edge like the Nexus line currently is... of course if you look at them and compare them with the iPad mini.. they are on the same level as that overpriced piece of crap.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:36 PM   #216
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Android seems to be getting more and more buggy and annoying with every update.

Jelly Bean didn't do squat as far as i can tell.


i still can even have full internet browsing
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:48 PM   #217
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Android seems to be getting more and more buggy and annoying with every update.

Jelly Bean didn't do squat as far as i can tell.


i still can even have full internet browsing
Really? what device(s)? I have had the opposite results, especially with Internet.

Also, JellyBean 4.2 is the update that matters (for tablets) .. it's the one that let's you set different user profiles, which is badass and honestly is the single best feature any tablet can have at the moment. Every new tablet coming out will soon have this feature except Apple...
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:55 PM   #218
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Well the rumors are heating up about the mythical $99 tablet(that is not a piece of crap)! I honestly think we'll see both of these released in the next quarter as $150 tablets.. which is still a fantastic price point. Expect to see announcements at CES in 2 weeks.

"$99" ASUS
http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/12...t-images-leak/

"$99" Acer
http://www.tgdaily.com/mobility-feat...android-tablet

The funny part is that both sets of leaked specs are being reviews as "lower end" or "value" not cutting edge like the Nexus line currently is... of course if you look at them and compare them with the iPad mini.. they are on the same level as that overpriced piece of crap.
The mini is a piece of crap?
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:15 PM   #219
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The mini is a piece of crap?
Well not really, it's a middle of the road tablet specs-wise(maybe lower because of the shitty screen) but it is CRAZY overpriced.

I also think the 4:3 aspect ratio is stupid but that's a preference thing so I won't judge it on that.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:52 AM   #220
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Really? what device(s)? I have had the opposite results, especially with Internet.

Also, JellyBean 4.2 is the update that matters (for tablets) .. it's the one that let's you set different user profiles, which is badass and honestly is the single best feature any tablet can have at the moment. Every new tablet coming out will soon have this feature except Apple...
Transformer Infinity or should i call it Crash Infinity


'unfortunately the Asus Task Manager has stopped working ... '
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:25 AM   #221
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I'll bet the specs on that Transformer Infinity are awesome though. Keep that in mind when it crashes, since that's one of the reasons it's better than any iOS device.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:02 AM   #222
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I'll bet the specs on that Transformer Infinity are awesome though. Keep that in mind when it crashes, since that's one of the reasons it's better than any iOS device.
shut up, fanboi
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I have a Surface Pro. Got it the first day released, but wanted to spend some time with it before commenting. Basically, the intent behind it is a miracle, and the product is a solid delivery. The machine is great, fast, everything I wanted, and unfortunately a bit heavy. The Windows 8 experience is actually kind of cool. The metro view is responsive and easy to configure, and the switch to and from desktop is easy. The biggest issue I'd see for most people is the battery power. With power saving measures, I can get 6 hours out of it. If I wanted to play games, I would be very frustrated with the 3-4 hours from the couple of free games I tried (more correctly, I let a kid try- I don't really play games.)

The pen is fantastic, I use it for way more than drawing. That is probably the most surprising bonus, and I really hope I don't lose the pen, the connector is lame when the machine is in my bag, never holds it. Storage was never an issue for me as I regularly move data to and from devices and my 2TB drive so I was prepared for the transient nature of my data now. The display is good, but expect the next version will be even better. Still, I work on high res images and it is capable, and for my truly color accurate needs, it drives my HP monitor quite nicely.

The sum total is that I really love it. I was clinging to a 6 yr old vaio umpc, and an 8 yr old G5 in my home office waiting for something that was a full computer in a flexible tablet form. It is almost that, and for the few disappointments (weight and battery,) there is an equal or better benefit that I hadn't considered a must have, but now can't live without (the pen and the type keyboard.)

I am definitely an early adopter of stuff, so I have a bit more bandwidth for beta. This is way better than beta, but I think a few modifications could make the next version a huge hit.
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