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December 30, 2010 / kaigani

Some thoughts on iPad competitors & mobile devices

I tried out a Samsung Galaxy Tab at the T-Mobile store while I was in the States.

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I was impressed by the touch interaction– it’s the first time I’ve seen the same touch responsiveness as an iPhone or iPad.  Also, I brought up Kongregate.com and played a few Flash games. Very quick and smooth running– it surely hurts Jobs’ claim that Flash won’t run well on mobile devices.

However, I question the size and price of the device. It’s too big and awkward to replace a mobile phone, and you don’t get the full screen movie watching experience of an iPad. In terms of price, if they want to compete with the iPad, mobile tablets need to price their devices at sub-200 GBP or go home. Anything above that, and you might as well just buy an iPad unless you’re a staunch Android geek.  I think Kindle has got their price point right.

Mobile providers need to offer robust multi-device 3G packages.  The other sticking point is that I don’t want to buy an android tablet if I own an iPhone.  And as more an more devices offer 3G capability, it’s becoming more and more of a hassle to subscribe to a new 3G plan per device.  Of course, I can buy a MiFi device and connect everything via mobile wifi, but that’s more of a workaround than a solution.  Why can I not simply add an android device to my existing iPhone 3G plan?

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  1. Dave Nattriss / Dec 31 2010 2:48 am

    Why £200 (or below)? iPads are well over £400. £500+ for the better spec-ed ones. Surely any price that is cheaper than an iPad for an equivalent (and arguably better), what with the extra hardware and OS features, and wider variety of free apps) experience, is better?Also why wouldn’t you want an Android tablet if you use an iPhone? It’s not like you can transfer anything from an iPhone to an iPad? The only reason I can think of is that you’d soon realise you’re using an inferior phone OS.RE: sharing devices on the same subscription, that’s entirely up to the network and has nothing to do with the type of device or the OS that it runs. However, it usually comes down to the fact that a 3G data plan for a tablet (or a dongle for that matter) is still a regular mobile phone connection that can receive calls and send/receive text messages.

  2. Stephen Garcia / Dec 31 2010 5:14 pm

    I couldn’t agree more about the multiple data packages. Let me put all these devices on a family plan and share both voice and data. Most providers are limiting monthly bandwidth anyways (2Gb) – why does it matter which device that data comes through?

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