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Beth Stackpole
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Unbelievable complexity in a small package
Beth Stackpole   7/10/2012 7:43:52 AM
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These tear downs are always fascinating as you get a first hand glimpse at what actually goes into these electronics devices. I's amazing how much can be packed into such small real estate considering that the footprints are getting increasingly smaller and the total packages much more streamlined. I've been reading reports that Apple is working on a smaller, sleeker iPad. Let the games begin!

naperlou
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Re: Unbelievable complexity in a small package
naperlou   7/10/2012 8:35:20 AM
Beth, it is amazing what they pack inside.  What is really amazing is what they pack in the chip.  This one has a quad core CPU and a graphics processor.  That is harder to see, though.

As for Apple, it will be interesting to see how they price it.  In the PC realm they have always had a higher price point.  Since there were no "clones" they could do that.  They had some nice features, but these were often not really necessary.  For two to three times the price, it is not worth it.  This has limited their market share.  Recently the MAC has been suffering in sales. 

In the tablet market, they defined the market.  On the other hand, the utility of the tablet is somewhat limited.  I don't know too many who have gotten rid of their laptops when they bought a tablet.  To me the smaller tablet is a good deal.  I would want such a device for reading and web surfing, not much more.  I know a guy who sold his iPad and kept his Kindle.  He uses the Kindle to read books and it fits in the back pocket of his jeans if he needs to put it somewhere.

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Re: Unbelievable complexity in a small package
richnass   7/10/2012 9:31:43 AM
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I thnk we've learned enough about these types of products to know that it's (gulp) all about the software.

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Re: Unbelievable complexity in a small package
Jennifer Campbell   7/10/2012 9:38:53 AM
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I agree with the fascination factor, and would not be at all surprised to see Apple come out with a smaller, sleeker tablet at the $200 price point.

I have a first-generation iPad, a Kindle Fire, and a MacBook Pro. In my opinion, the Mac wins, hands down. Call me old-fashioned, but I still prefer holding a book in my hands.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Unbelievable complexity in a small package
Beth Stackpole   7/10/2012 1:26:47 PM
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I'm totally with you, Jenn. My kids both have Kindle Fires, which they love, my husband lives on his iPad and I am not one single bit jealous. I love my Macbook laptop. Tablet form factor is too small for my liking and with my work, I'm too keyboard dependent. I also like to read a real book!

Charles Murray
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Re: Unbelievable complexity in a small package
Charles Murray   7/10/2012 7:46:59 PM
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I have a Kindle that I bought at a charity auction in February, 2011. I hoping to use it one day soon, if I can ever find it.

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Business plans of Google through Nexus7
Mydesign   7/11/2012 1:16:34 AM
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Allan, for a fair price of $199, I feels Nexus 7 is worth. But I don't know how Google is able to deliver it for such a lower price by meeting all its specifications. Amazon has a different policy, even though they are selling Fire for $200, they are selling many items from Amazon.com through Fire. So they are considering Fire as a platform for business with customers. Google have any similar plan through Google play?

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Unbelievable complexity in a small package
Beth Stackpole   7/11/2012 8:29:10 AM
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Toss that Kindle, Chuck. At this point, it's antiquated technology. Time to buy one at another auction.

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Win, Linux, and now Android
ervin0072002   7/11/2012 9:36:17 AM
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My first computer had windows 2000. (Yes I was in high school back then) I fell in love with windows (blue screen aside) then i learned about Linux and started using Ubuntu (very slim OS runs wonders on my old windows machine even to this day). For about 4 years now I have played with Linux too. While they do not have the same amount of software available Linux is still a good OS. However with the craze of tablets and smart phones android is becoming a great buy (sorry apple I still don't believe that a billion useless apps are a good enough reason to purchase your overpriced hardware which you build with slave labor or almost slave labor) the Google app store while still maturing it is great. Everything is slim and basics. I assumed that eventually we had to take a step back and stop ourselves from building larger slower clunky software!!! This is it "Android". The hardware is great too however its largely so succesful due to the software.

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Still waiting to see one put back together again!
Ken E.   7/11/2012 11:32:42 AM
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Is this teardown another 'resolutely broken' piece of hardware?  I'm still waiting for them to come up with one that can be repaired/reassembled by a yuck like me.  Particularly that front glass.  I have just seen so many of these tablets and phones junked on account of a cracked screen.  Sure, $200 bucks is 'cheap', but it still breaks your heart when you drop it and have no options.

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