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Acer CEO Declares a Tablets Bubble 692

retroworks writes "According to a story in Digitimes, Acer chairman JT Wang is predicting the end of 'tablet fever.' 'Commenting on tablet PC's impact on the notebook industry, [Acer chairman JT Wang] pointed out that tablet PC fever is already starting to cool down and consumers are also being attracted by notebooks again with Intel's Ultrabooks and Microsoft's Windows 8 the major attractions.' Back to the old model then... PC and laptop sales, driven by Windows upgrades?"
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Acer CEO Declares a Tablets Bubble

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  • Re:Fever? (Score:5, Informative)

    by JDevers ( 83155 ) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @08:46PM (#37214196)

    My Xoom is nearly indispensable now that I have come to rely on it. I work in the medical industry and to be able to carry 90% of the functionality of a laptop with better battery life and a smaller form factor is just incredibly useful.

  • Re:Fever? (Score:3, Informative)

    by SydShamino ( 547793 ) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @08:53PM (#37214268)

    I might be biased a bit, but everything you've pointed out that doesn't work on your tablet works fine on my iPad. Even movie streaming, which I can do with it propped up on the treadmill's magazine stand at the gym (try to get a netbook to do that). If you're comfortable buying an Apple product, you might try switching and see if it makes you happier.

    Disclaimer: I'm an Apple shareholder and I want you to fall in love with Apple products so I can retire earlier.

  • Re:Fever? (Score:2, Informative)

    by wagnerrp ( 1305589 ) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @09:41PM (#37214618)

    Let's look at why the Apple product can do those things while the Android product can't. There is an app to access The Economist. There is an app to access Netflix. WHY are there apps for this crap? Why can't you access The Economist through a specially formatted web page? Why can't you access it through a generic eBook format? Why can't you access Netflix through HTML5?

    When the iPhone came out, there were to be no applications. Applications were bad. Applications were evil. Everyone must write webapps to use with the mandated data plan. Then Apple comes out with the SDK and everyone must write glorious applications. Rather than use standardized formats to implement these features so anyone can access it, we have to use Apps, so we can sell it, and get use it as a marketing gimmick. Support Apple if you want, but they ruined it for the rest of us.

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