Asus: Building Google's Nexus 7 Was "Like Torture"



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They are trying to trap you into their ecosystem. I would expect some hate from the comments as thats the same mentality of the iPads isn't it?
Somehow i'm sure someone will point out some loophole proving me wrong.

I personally think ecosystems aren't a bad thing- Its not much different then the consoles. With an ecosystem you have more content available, all together in one place, and somewhat policed to keep out the bad. Perfect for media content consumption.



I was intrigued by the low price to performance ratio of the Google Nexus 7 tablet. The answer is that Google is selling the tablet approximately "at cost" so that consumers will be buying into the Google "ecosystem."



"I don't think there would have been any other partner that could move that fast," Rubin told AllThingsD."

When you consider that at CES 2012 ASUS previewed a 7" tablet with a Tegra 3 chip, 1280x800 IPS display that would even support a stylus, 16 gigs of storage all for a forecasted price of $250, this doesn't seem like such a feat. So they altered the case a little, took out the stylus support, removed the micro SD card reader and Micro HDMI port and still charging you the $250. I think you'll get more for your money if you wait for the Asus branded version.

Funny, when I see all of these tablet introductions, it;s like all of the tech writers have forgotten completely what was previewed at CES. In many cases, what we are getting now doesn't match up to what was shown at CES but no one wants to mention it.



You're going to be waiting a long time - they killed the ME370T to make the Nexus 7.

I would rather pay $50 more for the old version, though - you're right about that.



I don't mind demanding clients... as long as they pay very well, (and promptly). It's the ones who want me to deliver a Cadillac at a Toyota price on a deferred payment plan that I've learned to spot quickly and tell them, "Get lost, loser." I suspect Google pays well, however.

Pick any two: Good<>Fast<>Cheap.



When a product gets pushed that hard and that quickly into production, there are bound to be flaws and developmental shortcuts that will eventually plague the consumer.



Another example of Google giving away the farm to reap the harvest.

If Microsoft used this strategy, there would be loud screems of unfair trade practices.

Enjoy your free Kool-Aid.



They did use that strategy. Remember the original XBox?



It's the Gillette approach. Almost all game consoles are sold at a loss (think only the Wii wasn't like that in the last many years)



Every game console sells for a loss for at least the first few years of it's life. It's due to setting up facilities and other manufacturing costs. Late on in the console's life, certain costs come down, and it actually costs less and less to make the system. Most consoles start making money around half of the life of the console, and companies get back in the black with the actual console sells towards the end, even after the next console is released.

Console companies make their money in peripherals and license fees.

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