Is Google to Blame for High Priced Honeycomb Tablets?

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Mighty BOB!

I think the more important question is whether or not these things will hold true after Ice Cream Sandwich is out. Like aarcane said, Honeycomb is admittedly a hack job.

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aarcane

Google has admitted that 3x serries isn't ready for prime time, and has been released to OEMs in a broken state as a stopgap measure.  The next release will fix all the shortcomings of 3.x, and will be available for both phones and tablets without restriction.

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TechLarry

Ok, so there is Price Fixing involved, and the rules of Open Source aren't being followed.

Now, what can be done about it?  Remember, Google knows where everyone lives.  Might wake up with an Android head in your bed or something if you cross them.

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kamikaji

Tablets are a complete waste of time, money, and resources anyways.  They are just overhyped, souped up toys.  No one uses them for anything practical.

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Scatter

I won't go so far as to say that no one uses them for anything practical but I will say that other than portability I really can't find any real advantage to having a tablet over a laptop.  On the other hand I can probably name a dozen reasons to want a laptop over a tablet. 

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Caboose

I've replaced a laptop w/my tablet. I use it all the time. Movies and map in the car, web browsing, chatting, researching stuff in the home, etc. Basically everything that I used a laptop for, but in a smaller package.

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big_montana

Try creating or editing an Excel spreadsheet on an Android or iPAd tablet. Can't be done, the same with Word, Powerpoint and access, all of which I use extensively at my work. My firm also ahs over 300 applications that you will not find in either app store, and do not even mention Citrix, as it is a joke on either platform, and not all apps are available in citrix. Also, try typing out a 200 page document on a virtual keypad, and then converting it to a PDF file as your metadata scurbber is not compatible with Android or iOS before emailing it out to a several clients. Again, impossible to do under tight deadlines. Unless all you do is surf the web, check personal emails, and view online movies like Youtube, then you cannot do much with a tablet, and I want your job.

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Pelon

Tablets aren't great for content creation, but that is only one use for computers in the business environment.  Sales presentations and quick reference tools for meetings are two popular uses.  I'm sure there are many more. 

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Caboose

I never said that it was used in the corporate world. Tablets are not ready for the corporate world. But for home use, they're fine.

I can do basic editing of an excel sheet, and create them from scratch. Same with word documents. Good for your firm for having over 300 apps that you need to use.

Tablets, don't work in the corporate world yet. For home use, they are just fine.

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kixofmyg0t

Same here. So much in fact that if I had to choose between the two I'd take my XOOM over my laptop every time.

Don't forget the battery life! 16+ hours of constant use, instant on, everything a laptop should be just without a keyboard and the need to charge it every 3 hours.

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don2041

 They are all great untill you want rip some dvds ,wright a novel etc. I use my netbook for every thing except converting movies to divx, it just takes to long.

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TechLarry

Well.  That's utter bullshit.

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LGA1156

You can get at Acer or a Asus for 399, that cheap for a 10.1 16gb tablet

 

Open a target card and save another 5 perecent. 379.05

 

Now the smaller screened tablets coming out should all be 300 buck units, but... it looks like they are at the 400 price point as well

 

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Trooper_One

I hope that's not the case as I am looking for a tablet.  One thing I do notice, all honeycomb 3 based tablets run at least $399 or more - I was wondering about price fixing.  No accusation, just ponderence.

 

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Emgtek

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Holly Golightly

Ugh, Android tablets are one in the same. You seen one, you seen them all. This is why I would rather have a BlackBerry PlayBook. I also don't like the fact that Androids are price fixed. Your apps may or may not work. Worst of all, they do not offer a competitive advantage against the bigger, more popular iProdu¢t, yet they sell it at an iProdu¢t price. Oh well. Windows 8 tablets will take the world by storm... I just know it. So Google can go ahead with their discrimination, because I am not buying.

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Wingzero_x

Agreed, once again the Open Source community (if Android can even qualify anymore) will fall flat on their faces when Windows 8 is an option on tablets.

 

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tomrippity

flat on its face?  As if no open source software out performs its closed, paid, counterpart?  Also, Android seems to be doing just fine against the Windows phone counterpart, no reason to believe they won't do just fine in the tablet space.

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Holly Golightly

There is a bigger difference though. Unlike Windows Phone 7 (which hardly has support in comparison to the other 2) Windows 8 will be able to run everything... Including PC Games and Photoshop, which Android and iOS do not offer. Windows 8 is something a lot bigger than Honeycomb and IceCream Sandwich put together because Windows 8 will be on computers, laptops, and tablets. Making tablets equal to a full scale computer albeit hardward. Watch, open platform is going back in style.

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aarcane

I'm looking forward to the days when windows phone comes on EVERY mobile phone, and only the smart people install Android, and a hand ful of people install iOS instead.

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Holly Golightly

That time is coming sooner than you think. Phones are like mini computers. Think Windows 9. One OS, for all platforms.

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