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Francoflier
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Meet The IPed...

Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:08 pm

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:

http://mashable.com/2010/05/31/iped/

It seems to lack enough RAM and probably processing power to be a serious rival, but it costs a fraction of the real thing, runs Flash, and hey, is that a USB port I saw?
 

I might just pop over to Shezhen, where it's being sold, and check it out...

[Edited 2010-06-02 08:17:20]
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Acheron
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RE: Meet The IPed...

Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:25 pm

Funny enough, even with the lack of RAM, the thing can multitask whereas the iPad can't.
 
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RE: Meet The IPed...

Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:47 pm

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...!   
 
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RE: Meet The IPed...

Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:54 pm

I'm actually surprised it took them this long.  
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RE: Meet The IPed...

Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:31 pm

Quoting Acheron (Reply 1):
Funny enough, even with the lack of RAM, the thing can multitask whereas the iPad can't.

And what would you be multi-tasking with that RAM? Photoshop & Mathmatica?  
 
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RE: Meet The IPed...

Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:38 pm

Lmao......I see now everyone is coping everyone else's idea's?

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RE: Meet The IPed...

Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:09 pm

Its probably full of chemicals that come off on your hands  
 
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RE: Meet The IPed...

Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:25 pm

Quoting oa260 (Reply 6):
Its probably full of chemicals that come off on your hands

Along with all of the toys that got recalled right?

I hope I dont get banned for saying that..Lol
  

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RE: Meet The IPed...

Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:31 pm

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  
 
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RE: Meet The IPed...

Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:03 am

Interesting article:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/ed1ac0b6-6c1f-11df-86c5-00144feab49a.html

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.
 
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RE: Meet The IPed...

Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:46 am

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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RE: Meet The IPed...

Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:51 am

At least it has good music on it (Van Halen).   
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RE: Meet The IPed...

Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:01 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 10):
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.

The run Windows Mobile, btw.

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