Why Can't Anyone Make A Popular Tablet? (Article)

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  1. J515OP

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    Why Can’t Anyone Make A Popular Tablet?
     
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    Great article,thank you for sharing JP.

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    Good read. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    I think the reasons the newer tablets aren't more popular are:
    1. Manufacturers of the Android/other tablets aren't committed. Whether you love or hate Apple, they went all in on the iPad, risking falling flat on their face.
    2. Fragmentation of consumer attention; the various Android/other OS tablets--and their manufacturers--do not have the slavish devotion of tech journalists that Apple has, so the buying public does not have nearly as clear a picture of each one.
    3. Most of the Android tablets have launched with cell carriers and contracts. This is dumb; Apple got it right by making 3G capability an option--and they've sold many more of the wi-fi-only. Why on earth would anyone lock in to a 2-year contract on an unproven device?
    4. There's no good resource for video on Android, which nearly negates the Flash advantage it has over iOS. If I want to watch a movie on a flight on my EVO or NC, I have to rip a file from a DVD; I can't just rent an already-playable file the way one can on iOS. And the streaming options are lousy, too.
     
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    Good points. I am sure those are contrubuting factors.
     
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    well if you look at smartphones apple did not invent the segment - but what they brought was a tight integration on hw and software - they delivered an experience that is consistent across all the iphones, they had the content to support the experience and it did not require users to have an ounce of tech know how

    the issue with Android tablets is it is still viewed as a geek device - its biggest strenght - customization might also be its biggest weakness - customization leading to fragmentation, inconsistent experience, across the many different platforms. As you pointed out there is no good resource for video - while not accurate (there are a lots of sources of video) - it is not clear how to get them unless you read the forums, visit tech sites



     
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    If you wanted to produce your own OEM tablet

    In order of quality, honor-ability, punctuality..
    Japan
    Korea
    Taiwan
    China

    Japan is outrageously expensive to manufacture anything,and their domestic market
    love their products, they practice protectionism, so forget Japan...
    Japan own the raw materials that make up the IPS screens, and supply Taiwan
    who convert material to produce the screens... Honorable business partners 10 out of 10

    Korea also expensive, their are a few manufactures, but Samsung rule the roost
    and will pull orders from component manufactures, who might be manufacturing for a competitor.
    Korea make their own components, except for screens, but are good....
    Co-operative technology exists and the cost is also prohibitive, if you dont
    own the manufacturing of components as Samsung does....Honorable business partners 9 out of 10

    Taiwan would seem to be the place but alas you are too late unless you can place a 100-500 000 unit order.
    Foxcon is one of the many Taiwanese plants..that have Chinese factories because of cheap labor...

    So the place to start would be mainland China, and Shenzhen would be the hub...
    its great because Hong Kong across the way, 30 min and you are in the hub of tablet insanity!!!
    Even though SZ is supposed to be Cantonese its 90% Mandarin....
    Go to HuaqiangBei...Pronounced Wa-Shong-Buy
    When I say insanity, if you have ever been to a county fair on a Saturday and thousands of people
    at every booth, just multiply that by 10..
    Every booth has a Carny...pitch man if you will....this is the retail and wholesale center
    for cell phones, tablets, cameras, components....
    This is the epicenter of inferior goods, liars, horse thieves.

    So now you are off to visit some of the Chinese manufacturers you found on the internet, met at a trade show, that have sent you wonderful
    CGI pics of an iPad look alike, showed you samples at a show, and sent you magnificent photographs on their huge factories, with 1000's of diligent Chinese workers on assembly lines,
    and are using phrases like, we are in Mass Production, Yes!!! we are the factory that make for ....blah blah brand...
    Very famous factory...

    Well thank God there is now a subway, its tranquil compared to a retarded Taxi drivers that can-not speak a word of English, who drive
    like a maniacs, and believes that Red at a traffic light is a suggestion only...

    You can-not do more than 2-3 factory visits per day...

    Guess what......none of these guys are the factory...WoW!!!! aint that a surprise!!!!!!!!..

    So already you are numerous steps away from the real source...you see the real factories
    are factories, assembly.....they manufacture for brands, they dont go out to market wholesale
    or retail....they just manufacture!!!!!!
    They dont need to sell or advertise!!!!!

    What you do see is offices with people....
    "No but i saw a line of workers".... "and a production line of at least 20 people"
    Yes they are making samples!!! THEY ARE NOT A MANUFACTURER
    So you get conned by a guy who is close to the source, and you going to buy some samples
    because you know how you going to be the next iPad, your price is gonna knock the sox off the competition.

    So you insist you need to be introduced to the boss...head Con!!
    Sit down, have some Tea...just relax.......
    He tells you about the famous fantastic, Chinese Chip manufactures, or the
    (discontinued) QualComm or Samsung chips that are available..
    How big their capacity is....which brands they are working for, this that and the other...
    Just giving you confidence of their ability to deliver....
    There must be a 'Con University' in every city in China, maybe 'University of Deceit'
    where you graduate with a Master of Science degree in 'Deception and the Art of Theft'

    Just a word of warning, if you dont drink, sing Karaoke, have dinner with this guy you will not
    get anything that is promised.....

    Anyway you have now ordered your few samples from a few factories..
    And you are only too happy to be out of China!!

    Guess what, when the junk arrives, after a few days it becomes unstable.
    Components break down, screens go blank, batteries wont charge..

    That was my start..2 years ago...

    I eventually went back to live in SZ for 6 months..
    I stuck with it, my tablet biz is growing...

    If you want the rest of my story...just ask
     
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    What's the rest of the story ,Asasin?

    Samsung Galaxy Note
     
  9. jimbo7630

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    good question, idontknow!
     
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    That would make for good thriller whodunnit murder mystery methinks. Toss in some storms, a few dames and of course fancy dining, European getaways and exotic cars. Hide the plans in champagne bottle on a leer jet. Man you'd be set for the silver screen for sure.

    As to why no one can beat the I pad? No one has the backup ecosystem to support it. Also there is very little work being done to make the UI more user friendly and intuitive. Android as an OS is great. The UI, even in ICS is terrible. No one takes as much pride as Apple in their ui and it shows. The hardware between the two is pretty much equal. Both platforms are fast and both have a not of apps. But Apple has the better ecosystem. People want stuff to work. They don't want to fiddle with their widget. I don't see that happening any time soon. At least not until the Chinese cloners get a clue.
     

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