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marc weber
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From CNN - Why Apple tablet may not be the gadget of the future...

"They have to trump themselves," said Laura DiDio, principal analyst at ITIC. "That will be difficult, but the tablet shouldn't only be an iPhone with a bigger screen. It's going to have to bring something new to the table to be successful."


"The Apple tablet will have a beautiful user interface, it will have a pleasing aesthetic and will be marketed well," said Chris Collins, senior consumer research analyst at Yankee Group. "But at the end of the day, we're still talking about a smart phone with a bigger screen."


"Netbooks won the battle but lost the war," said Collins. "Eventually, people either went to a smartphone or a notebook. Tablets will also generate a lot of interest initially, but they will ultimately suffer a similar fate."


Apple will likely need to charge around $800 for the device, analysts say, which could relegate the tablet to "niche" status. That $800 price point could be too rich for some and others may opt to spend just a little more for a full-function laptop computer.


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Analysts counted out Apple before the iPod changed the music player and before the iPhone re-imagined the smartphone. Likewise, it may be too soon to count out the long-awaited tablet. Even tablet detractors know better than to dismiss a Steve Jobs creation too quickly.


Personally, I think Apple has more up their sleeve with this. I expect their tablet capability to lean more towards a laptop than an iPhone.

On a side note, how can I get a job as one of these "analysts"? I can state the obvious while authoritatively making things up as well as they can.


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Kathy's totally psyched - I'm cautiously optimistic. What I really want is a netbook sized device with a fold out screen and a fast processor.


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Bert Bates wrote:Kathy's totally psyched - I'm cautiously optimistic. What I really want is a netbook sized device with a fold out screen and a fast processor.


I thought for sure you would be the most skeptical about an announcement, having waited so patiently and long for an announcement at each Apple "show"

I really do think though that this time it is for real.


"Netbooks won the battle but lost the war," said Collins. "Eventually, people either went to a smartphone or a notebook. Tablets will also generate a lot of interest initially, but they will ultimately suffer a similar fate."


To me this is just idiotic. I see so many Netbooks at the airport and it keeps growing. This guy is blind.
It is like this sports guy here in LA said that the USC coach chose to kickoff after winning the coin toss because their "star" running back was not eligible to play. But the thing is, is that USC always 100% of the time chose to kickoff after winning a coin toss.

Come on, how many blind people have these jobs. Oh wait, I think they were english majors. (See I can be blind too and say something stupid)

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marc weber
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Mark Spritzler wrote:...
"Netbooks won the battle but lost the war," said Collins. "Eventually, people either went to a smartphone or a notebook. Tablets will also generate a lot of interest initially, but they will ultimately suffer a similar fate."


To me this is just idiotic. I see so many Netbooks at the airport and it keeps growing. This guy is blind...

Exactly. Is the trend cloud computing with light-weight netbooks? Or have we already moved past that in favor of more powerful laptops again? Ask 2 analysts, get 5 or 6 different answers.

I hereby start my new career as an analyst with this declaration: The plain-paper FAX machine will return triumphant across all sectors in 2010. With FAX/phone/copier machines having penetrated the "under $100" market, any debate between "netbook" vs. "notebook" is entirely moot. The internet in general -- and email in particular -- has proven itself a fad restricted to niche users and will be all but forgotten within 5 years. It would be a grave misstep for Apple to omit plain paper fax capability in their new tablet.
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Even if any of the rumours about this product were true, I'm having trouble seeing what benefit there is for me to know anything about the product before it's actually announced.
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Paul Clapham wrote:Even if any of the rumours about this product were true, I'm having trouble seeing what benefit there is for me to know anything about the product before it's actually announced.


I agree. It's interesting to read these rumors, but they hardly provide foundation for the wild speculation and predictions.

Do I want one of these? I have no idea. Yes, I'm intrigued, but until we know for certain what exactly it is / isn't, balanced against what it costs (and the amount of my bonus, if any)...
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marc weber wrote:On a side note, how can I get a job as one of these "analysts"? I can state the obvious while authoritatively making things up as well as they can.

Gartner, Forrester et al. have been doing this for years, so they have a head start. I bet if you practice hard and really apply yourself you can beat them (or join them at an inflated salary).


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Paul Clapham wrote:Even if any of the rumours about this product were true, I'm having trouble seeing what benefit there is for me to know anything about the product before it's actually announced.

Marketing! See? All of us are talking about it already!

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