Another "iPad Killer" falls

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  1. HiRez macrumors 603

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    Or "Kindle Killer", I suppose. This time it's the Que, now officially vaporware.

    The great news is that they have another device in development. Of course they do. THIS time it's really going to happen!
     
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    If the pixel qi model is going to be cheaper than $500 as that article states...I am getting it no matter how long it takes to come to market. Even if it has no apps it will fill the gap between my netbook and my ipad.
     
  5. TorontoLRT macrumors 6502

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    It sounds interesting, but he still hasn't said anything about battery life or screen resolution.
     
  6. Bytor65 macrumors 6502a

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    Pixel Qi has one gimmick (Sun Usable) and is otherwise a very mediocre display (faded colors, interference from room lights, poor viewing angles).

    Only if I was planning to use a device extensively in the sun would I consider Pixel Qi. Pixel Qi makes more sense on a pocket GPS than a tablet.
     
  7. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

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    That's why I ended up buying the iPad

    I was under the impression that an "iPad Killer" would come up on the first-half of the year, but one by one the candidates failed to come to life.
    Even the one demoed online yesterday, looks more like a laptop without a keyboard, rather than a slim-profile tablet like the iPad.

    And with Windows 7 in it, it's going to crawl and finally crash.
    Add Flash... and forget about it!:eek:

    Maybe an Ubuntu tablet comes to life with enough software and community support to survive (and it has to be x86 based!). I could really use one too.

    Android-based? Haven't seen a single one show up for sale yet.

    In the meantime, I love my iPad. By the time "the others" catch up, the iPad will be version 2, way ahead of their competition.:D

    Common! We want to see some competition here, enough to get Apple to open the USB Camera Kit to transfer files from/to applications, without having to Jailbreak, and tethering without having to pay the $20.00 AT&T Monarchy Tax for it!
     
  8. nixiemaiden macrumors 6502a

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    The second gen pixel qi screens are a lot better than the first gen ones and a lot of people are speculating that this tablet will ship with the second gen screens or at least have an option for it.

    I love the iPad screen but to me as it came...it was unusable unless it was dark. All of the reflections were much too distracting so I had to get an anti glare screen protector and with the screen protector on...I would say it is a mediocre display but at least I can use it.

    What I like about this is that theoretically...it should work as an e-reader just as well as a kindle but do way more than a kindle can do. The potential of this tablet is really the only thing that has kept me from buying a kindle to replace the ereader functionality of my ipad.
     
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    Haha! That joke works on two levels, kudos if you meant them both
     
  11. mrathee macrumors 6502

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    Was ipad-killer ever a term?

    People are just naming failed tablets and claiming that they were supposed to be ipad-killers.

    cmon.

    ipad is awesome, we all know that - why try to hype it up more with stuff like this?
     
  12. HiRez thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yes it is. Since even before the iPad was released.
     
  13. foiden macrumors 6502a

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    The moment the iPad started gaining a lot of interest and anticipation, in the market (pre-release) was when the term came out. For me, I think it's really nice that a tablet can be so prominent in the market, and that others want to take on that market, too. Apple might be ahead on this, but this is a neat direction for the market to take.

    Even my acceptance changed between the first announcement of it, when I got to check it out, and weeks after I bought it. Nowadays, as long as whatever I need, runs on the thing, it's become my main device to use. Don't get me wrong, I love my laptops and I will forever create major content with them, and/or run desktop-specific stuff. But for regular everyday use, my iPad time easily surpasses my laptop. It's the perfect size, and a good weight for me to feel most comfortable using it.

    Thing is, the competition knows they don't have much time. Wait a year and they have to play the real tough uphill battle for app support. Windows 7 has one major issue already discussed. Needing more powerful hardware to run the software that already exists, and the idea of how in the world would we translate all these existing apps to a software keyboard and touch controls. It's almost the same issue with flash. So much flash software is hardcoded to use the hardware keyboard in certain addresses and mouse that even if they ran, you can't control them.
     
  14. Mike225 macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly what i was gunna post. The only people naming things the iBlank killer are Apple fans after a product doesnt do well. Two exceptions being that LG phone when iPhone came out in 2007 and the HP Slate.
     
  15. Bytor65 macrumors 6502a

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    Nonsense.

    The term has "ipad Killer" has about 777 000 entries on a google search as posted by HiRez.

    Almost entirely given by tech media everywhere long before they failed. Find one example to back up your claim that any device was only named an iPad killer after it died. I bet you can't find one. But I can find all of them named iPad killers by the media long before they failed.

    Page two had this result on the Adam which I mentioned:
    Enter Adam, the 'iPad killer' made in India
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...-killer-made-in-India/articleshow/5570642.cms

    This thread was started about "Plastic Logic Que" which is one of the five "killers" in this story:
    Five 'iPad killers'
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/7585703/Five-iPad-killers.html
     
  16. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Let's see if their ProReader won't end up just the way the Que did.
     
  17. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    The dell streak just went on sale in the US today! i gotta go out and get one to replace my ipad! NOT. its completely ridiculous. that thing costs $50 more than the least expensive ipad. $300 with a data plan is a joke, should be more like $100 with a data plan. and it runs a year old version of android. what a useless piece of crap
     
  18. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't get it

    I never understand why they call something "whatever" killer. Wouldn't it actually have to outsell it, out do it, and completely dominate the market before it can actually be called a "whatever" killer?
     
  19. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    They only do it to apple products to make themselves feel better about not buying them for principal.
     
  20. Mike225 macrumors 6502a

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    Here's to the iPhone iOS, may it be the Android killer we've all been waiting for
     
  21. BlackMax macrumors 6502a

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    The problem with all these devices is that the ones that are just readers have limited marketability and the ones being sold as something more can never measure up to the iPad with its App Store.

    Since the release of the iPad these vendors are going to have to enter the market with a really attractive price point to gain any type of market share and this strategy probably isn't maintainable over the long run.

    If any of these vendors have some really new cool piece of technology they would probably be better off turning it into an iPad app and selling on the App Store like Amazon and Barnes & Noble do with their readers.
     
  22. Peterson8765 macrumors 6502a

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    Lets just say theres no "real" competition for the iPad until touch screen tablets with Android 3.0 come out, in probably 2011. A lot of the tablets coming out such as the Enso ZenPad are just plain vaporware.
     
  23. macabouttobe macrumors regular

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    I love the posts regarding iPad killers before it was announced. Thanks for sharing! Will spend time later tonight to read more on the announcements.
     
  24. pooryou macrumors 65816

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    It's not meant to be taken literally.
     
  25. M87 macrumors 65816

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    I love my iPad, but if a really good Android tablet comes along I might be tempted to test the water. The lack of a user accessible file system and being reliant on a computer with iTunes are the most glaring flaws. Like it or not, a lot of people are going to approach iPad-like devices as laptop replacements and they would actually fare pretty well if not for arbitrary limitations imposed by Apple. I almost never use my MacBook Pro anymore as it is. It's really frustrating because I know how stubborn Apple is. Hopefully Google will push things in that direction and Apple will be forced to follow.
     

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