Originally Posted by Hanson Yoo
First off, considering the name and the touted capabilities, this is definitely a consumer level device. How is 1080p video recording and playback and HDMI out aiming to the business-centric crowd?
Secondly, unless this is a laptop replacement, how can you justify this on the enterprise level? A 7" tablet isn't a business device, it's a toy. A nice toy, but a toy nonetheless.
No idea how well this will actually sell, but Hanson, I find your arguments somewhat contradictory.
First, you feel 7" is a nice compromise between productivity and portable fun -- and that's also apparent based on previous debates about these tablet devices. But then, you argue that 7" "isn't a business device, it's a toy." So which is it? Is it not a big enough device to be both a toy and worthy of business use? OR are you just showing your bias on this matter?
Personally, I just see this tablet being RIM's quick-to-market attempt to combat potentially losing marketshare to Android and iOS while also getting their foot in the door in case tablets do take off. If it turns out well for them, they already have plans to produce 3G/4G versions to more fully serve the market. But either way, if they can get it to market much faster by simply making it tether-ready (vs fully 3G/4G-ready) w/ existing BB devices, then that's a very good thing for them (and their existing BB customers as well to some extent).
And who says business users aren't also consumers anyway? If anything, there's probably good likelihood that a very substantial portion of potential customers for such "toys" already use a BB device, eg. me (and my coworkers) for instance. And IMHO, the PlayBook name actually sounds more like the name of a "toy" marketed to business folks than to your average consumer, who actually may not be the best target market for an expensive "toy" of this sort. The average consumer -- rather than avg potential customer of such a luxury tech item -- is probably already spent on their home mortgage and car loans, various other more traditional toys and recreations, and smartphones and their requisite wireless plans, especially during this long recession of ours. If any tablet maker wants to break through and sell their products to a high degree in this economic climate, they'd surely need to sell to the minions of "business-centric" BB users out there. And probably few of us are serious app hounds -- maybe the reason why this tablet is so highly spec-ed for web/A/V uses is largely to target people who aren't app hounds and wouldn't mind so much that "the BB app store is a joke".
Most working adults just want their tech toys to work pretty much just as they expect straight out of the box rather than requiring much fiddling and downloading of (and fooling around w/) stuff from an app store -- music and ebooks (and games and videos to some extent) are one thing, but apps would be quite another. If they bother to download stuff from an app store, it probably wouldn't be a regular thing, but just something they might try a little for the first week or two before settling down w/ what they have (and letting the novelty of an app store wear off). Yeah, they might occasionally try something new based on very popular recommendations from family, friends and colleagues, but they don't need a very substantial app store for that -- if they can afford such things, they'd probably just as soon spend the $50 on something of substance sold by RIM, et al rather than try all sorts of $1 apps (other than games) that cobble together to do what they want in a DIY patchwork manner.
And like I've alluded before, honestly, what exactly does anyone really expect to do on a 7" touchscreen (w/out keyboard) anyway. If you really need a substantial app store for your 7" device to go w/ your smartphone, IMHO, something's probably not quite right w/ that scenario (unless you just happen to fall into a certain particular niche).
IMHO, 99.999% of folks probably only benefit all that much from having a substantial app store for one or the other, but not both. Of course, that does beg the question of where RIM customers would fall if they have both a BB and one of their tablets.
If you ask me though, I'd rather have the more substantial hardware w/ better multimedia experience, including good 1080p recording and quality standard output (like HDMI), assuming that's actually what they're offering, than an app store that offers tons of $1 games, utilities that I probably should *not* need, etc.
Of course, this tablet may not come anywhere near fulfilling what I'd like to see from such a thing since it does run RIM software, including their lousy web browser (unless that changes very substantially), afterall.
And honestly, I find that most of the apps that would actually interest me all that much from the iOS app store are just a few games and a handful web-based apps that offer quality content from a substantial content/software provider, not your average free/shareware programmer -- and in most cases, if RIM can generate enough marketshare to support such apps, then the better games and content/apps will become available.
Only time will tell how this tablet craze will shape up I guess...
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