Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

Entrepreneurs in China are not waiting for tablet PCs to be distributed by all the big names. They are selling them on e-bay at a much lower price than Apple’s iPad. Small cheap computers do sell. 24% who viewed this item bought it. Asking price is US$199.99 for 7 inches with Android.

  • 7″ Google Android Powered Tablet PC APAD i-Robot with WiFi, Webcam and HD Video, w/Stylish Metal Shell (Aluminum Alloy)
  • with CPU: Rockchip 2808 600MHz Duo Core processor, it’s fast, playing HD Videos smoothly. Portable Multimedia & Internet Device
  • Android 1.5 MID APAD with 7″ touch screen Resolution 800 × 480, 1080P Video, Built in 1GB, support TF card up to 16GB extended
  • It’s great for your Gmail, Web surfing, IM/Chatting via MSN//Yahoo/Facebook at home, and good for music and movies on the road.
  • This device supports the third party’s applications on the basis of Android platform.

While the big names are trying to keep prices high, these guys are making money selling small cheap computers. You can bet the hacking community will find new ways to provision these with the latest trends in Android and the big guys will not be able to put the genie back in the bottle. Chuckle.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

  1. oldman says:

    “The software is free.”

    Android may be free, but the software running on it that people will most often want will not be. Also As was noted in the article, much of this software will be coming from vendor branded download sites, which the white box clones will not have access to. This will limit their utility and desirability.

    “The fact remains as the number of moving parts decreases it becomes easier to produce a high-quality product.”

    Yet it as also been the case that the white box manufactures have always taken the declining cost curve, producing white box hardware for cheaper. When producing products under contract from one of the majors (e.g. iPads from apple) then one sees the phenomenon that you allude to.

    All of this depends of course on how the android based market playus out. If the market coalesces arount a only a few app stores and those app stores only play with branded devices, then the white box systems will be limited to what one can get for free. This in turn will limit their appeal.

    We shall have to see how it plays out.

  2. Not knock-offs. The software is free. The components like the display etc. are industry-standard parts. If the big guys try to sell their products at double or triple the price, the white-box guys will do well. The white-box guys will definitely do well in emerging markets where price is a large factor in decisions to purchase. Quality could be an issue. I have seen MSI Wind netbooks with keys missing… (Not kid proof). The fact remains as the number of moving parts decreases it becomes easier to produce a high-quality product. There is just far less to go wrong with a tablet than a netbook or desktop PC.

  3. oldman says:

    Pog:

    You neglect to mention this part of the article

    “However, such white-box tablet PCs are not as stable and lack support for application downloads and after-sale maintenance, and therefore may not be competitive once international vendors launch tablet PC, the sources analyzed.”

    More junky knockoffs from china – nothing new to see here.

  4. Dann says:

    This is uplifting news indeed.

    And it applies not just to technology, but politics.
    One wonders how the US will compete after the rest of the world finds it hard to take them seriously.

    The truth really does set people free, and technology is a great aide.

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