July 24, 2012Net Nanny for Android 2.0
Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 10:32 AM
No Good Android Tablets Yet;
Good Android tablets seem to be
MIA. Many big name companies showed
tablets at the CES event in Las Vegas last January but have either put their
Android tablet on hold or have removed it from their product lineup all together.
One key reason could be that consumers aren't buying, and demand is really
weak. Who can afford to sell something
people don't want?
The biggest issues I
see with current Android tablets follow. Consumers don't want one because
manufacturers haven't given them much to want, yet.
Most of the apps are just “smart phone apps running on a
bigger screen. Because the apps are originally designed for phones, the “wow
factor is gone when you see it on a tablet. Sure, Angry Birds is bigger, but
it's still the same game I can play on my phone. And, it is easier to input
text on a decent smart phone than on a 7-inch tablet.
After the “geek factor wore off, I couldn't find many
instances where I really wanted to use the tablet. I looked, but couldn't find
many. I saw a TV commercial with a guy using his tablet while shopping at the
grocery store; so I thought I would give it a try. I took the tablet to the
store and was completely embarrassed. I felt like a big loser trying to use my
tablet standing in the aisle. It was hard to type on, required both hands, and
the data connection was slow. I could have done the same things on my smart
phone and felt less dorky doing it.
3. Really it costs more
than an iPad?
My first Android tablet cost $871.00! That is absurd. I
know you can get an iPad for less. I know that the hardware for the “Mega
Droid may be superior, but I've got to get value from it. You can't tell me
that my new “Android Toy will cost more than a 42-inch flat panel TV.
If you can't beat Apple's price, you have no chance at
Most of the devices launched up to this point, have been
running Android 2.x. Google has been very clear, that the 2.x platform was
designed for phones. Google has tried to encourage manufacturers to “wait for
Honeycomb but most just figured they would “upgrade when it comes out and
took the plunge. As of right now there
have been very few tablets released running the Honeycomb 3.0 version of
There are literally hundreds of “no name companies
pushing low end tablets and these tablets give the “real devices a very bad
rap. The cheap $89 tablet you buy at the drug store does not truly represent
the Android tablet market.
I don't want to sound like I think that Android tablets
are slowing circling the drain or that they are all garbage. I actually see a
bright future and an enormous amount of potential in Android tablets. There are
some very promising devices just around the corner, these devices can easily be
the “best tablets on the market. These devices have dual core processors, things
like the “NVidia Tegra 2 chips with plenty of memory and beautiful HD screens.
These devices are capable of taking full advantage of the Honeycomb operating
system and can run applications that will make the tablets have a true “wow
I just hope that they don't mess it up by thinking we
will pay $800 for it, and they can get them launched before we lose interest
and all buy iPads.
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