HP’s $99 Android Tablet

HP is trying to win consumers who want low cost tablets and offers them an Android Tablet Hp 7 Plus that costs only $99.

According to reviews, this tablet has low specs and poor battery life of only 5 hours and 30 minutes of usage.  At such rock bottom price, what can one expect?

Despite its shortcomings, it seems to be a popular tablet. It is out of stock on HP’s web site (it is the only way to get it). HP’s is certainly testing its ability to deliver low cost solutions and to compete against white box tablets from China. It may just be able to gain a foothold in this market if it can use its brand to attract cost sensitive buyers and do this at razor thin margins. Perhaps HP has figured out a way to make tablets at low cost and be profitable? Or, is it selling tablets at single digit margins via e-commerce?

 

 

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‘iPad Pro’ rumored to be 12.9″.

I am wondering if there is a need for a large Tablet with screen size close to 13″. One of the issue with tablets is that as the size gets larger, it becomes a lot more difficult to carry it around everywhere you go.

Macbook Air vs ipad pro

It is interesting to see the rumored 12.9″ iPad Pro in comparison to a 12″ Macbook Air. It is increasingly difficult to differentiate a ultraportable PC with a larger tablet. Only difference is that the ultraportable PC has a keyboard and track pad. Maybe there are more ports on an Ultraportable PC, like HDMI, USB 3.0 or display port. Another difference maybe integrated 4G radio on the large tablet making it a lot more convenient to access the Internet anywhere 4G is available.

I wonder if road warriors will ditch the Ultra-portable PC in favor of a larger tablet. Most certainly, if the tablet can run all the applications that its PC counterpart, then, perhaps it is possible. The real question then becomes, why wouldn’t anyone do that? Is the Ultraportable PC really more powerful? Is it because it supports SSD with 256 GB of storage?

The Ultraportable is viewed as a necessity as a productivity tool but not a larger tablet PC? I guess consumers just view the tablet as something that they use after work? Like browsing the web or checking personal emails or playing games?

Read the article on MacRumer to get an idea of the size of the giant ipad vs a 13″ Macbook pro.

Alleged ‘iPad Pro’ Model Shows What the Giant Tablet Might Look Like In-Hand – Mac Rumors.

“Wrist communicator” from Rufus Cuff

rufus-cuff-wrist-communicatorThe market for wearables has been slow to take off. Lots of smartwatches and fitness bands but nothing really that exciting.

I came across the Rufus Cuff “Wrist Communicator” which is somewhat interesting. It reminds me of “that thing that is on my wrist” worn by Leena in Futurama. It was also referred to as “Lojackimator” in one of the Futurama episodes.

One thing for sure, the “Wrist communicator” is not for everyone. It is a big enough to make it a little too geeky for most people. Despite its ability to run full Android apps, it does not replace your cell phone. It has to be tethered to your cell phone to be able to send SMS messages or answer the phone. It is unlike the Neptune Pine, which is a full fledge phone on a wrist. It does not support a color display, so it is limited in what it can do.

In any event, I question the viability of a full fledge wearable cell phone. The bulkiness and awkwardness is unlikely to appear to most people. How does one type on the phone when you are wearing it? Take it off? If so, that is exactly what the regular cell phone does. How about battery life of a device that sport a 3″ display?

 

Don’t call it a smartwatch: This enormous “wrist communicator” runs full-blown Android.