francoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 4087 posts, RR: 10 Posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2702 times:
In a move that is sure to not tarnish any stereotype, a Chinese company is already selling an iPad knockoff, the awkwardly named iPed...
It's an Intel powered Android based tablet pc, and it obviously looks quite similar to the iPad, but costs a fifth of the price (a smidge above US$100). It doesn't look too bad apparently, even though it seems to be much slower and notchier than the source of its inspiration, judging by the video:
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21592 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2625 times:
Quoting francoflier (Thread starter): It's an Intel powered Android based tablet pc, and it obviously looks quite similar to the iPad, but costs a fifth of the price (a smidge above US$100). It doesn't look too bad apparently, even though it seems to be much slower and notchier than the source of its inspiration, judging by the video:
I've heard that you can get cardboard cutouts looking "just like the real thing" for even less than that...!
Acheron From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1814 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2205 times:
Quoting oa260 (Reply 6): Its probably full of chemicals that come off on your hands
Well, Apple products seem to have a chemical that causes stevejobsphilia and applephilia, characterized by extreme attacks of hysteria every time they see either Steve Jobs or an apple product and no one seems to complain
Quote: Apple’s products carry a premium and supplies of the iPad have been limited but the low-priced rivals are expected to be plentiful and encourage mass adoption. Unit shipments of tablet devices are predicted to increase by 230 per cent over the next year, according to the In-Stat research firm, while Deloitte forecasts tens of millions of sales worth more than $2bn by the end of 2011.
“With pricing at around $100 and wireless broadband rolled out in both advanced and emerging economies to enable an “apps” infrastructure, this will definitely increase the size of the market,” says Richard Brown, head of marketing at chipmaker Via.
He expects its Prizm processors will be powering 50 tablets announced at Computex. Most will have limited memory and storage and will run web-based applications. With chips based on designs of the UK’s Arm and using Google’s free Android operating system, manufacturing costs can be as low as $60-$70, he says.
This should keep those who dislike Apple products happy, but we'll need to see where the market goes. Unless we see developers moving in mass from OS4 to this web-based approach my bet will stay with Apple.
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 27316 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2038 times:
Now we are talking.
Next time I'm in Asia, I'll have to check one of these out. I know they have had very good iPhone knockoff's for a long time now.
At a $100 price point iPed certainly makes it worthwile and even cheaper then eBook readers like Kindle with a bonus color screen thrown with internet. I very much like portability of having USB port also.
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