what do you think about cisco tablet? should apple be worried?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by joseluis.17, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. joseluis.17 macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2008
    monterrey, mexico
  2. AppleRules macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2010
    Junk that will never see the light of day. Apple is so far ahead of the competition that it's impossible for the rest of the industry to compete. Apple owns the tablet market it's game over for everybody else.
  3. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    It is about the Apps. So, no it will zero effect on the iPad.
  4. greg555 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2005
    It will sell well in corporations but won't compete with Apple in the home-user area.

  5. Hammie macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2009
    Wash, DC Metro
    First off, the product is not real yet. 3Q "testers" with a 2011 availability date??? It is too soon to compare it to an iPad, which has virtually no foothold in the corporate architecture anyway.

    I haven't read any official reports, but the iPad most likely has the same buffer overload bug that the iPhone has with their version of the iOS. Because of it, many corporations will not deploy that level of security risk onto their network.

    It is an Enterprise product that will probably cost around $1500 per unit plus Cisco Unified Communications Manager licensing.

    It will most likely be locked down to a VPN back to a corporate entity which may or may not support other VPN technologies than Cisco. Also, I saw no other mention of wireless connectivity besides wi-fi so that means limited connectivity. I wonder what kind of performance this type of device will have over a Mifi or something similar.

    I also found some of the comments to the article interesting. Not one complaint that there was no mention of a USB port. Most of the people complaining were talking about "fanboys" and "lemmings" of iPads but very few gave any backing reasons why the iPad is a fail and the Cisco will be a success due to the Android OS.

    I think the next couple years will be very interesting to see how these types of devices evolve. I think because of the success of the iPad others are now scrambling to get on the boat. We will see some features come and go due to failure or others success with them. I know I'm excited. :D
  6. SailorMike macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2008
    I have friends that work at Cisco and many of them have iPads and use them at work. They talk about taking them to meetings and conferences. They love them.

  7. MrWillie macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2010
    Starlite Starbrite Trailer Court
    Hey Moderators,

    I purpose a new rule. Anyone posting a zdnet link is banned for life.

    Another iPad killer huh??? Is the JooJoo gone yet or they still trying to sell them. Anyone actually see one in real life? Anyone ever actually see any iPad killer in real life ?

    It's all about the apps and user experience.
  8. PCClone macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2010
    Nope. Won't sell well in corporations or to the public. That is if it actually gets to market.
  9. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2007
    Can I propose that any and all discussions on tablet computers only be started when, at the very least, actual production-ready examples are available? Otherwise this is gonna get real old, real fast.

    As for this particular example, and assuming that Cisco brings it to market, there's a few major challenges. The first, most obvious, one is that if it's only coming out in 2011 that's dangerously close to the next iPad which you'd think is likely to have facetime included as standard. So that's that USP out the window. Next it's only a 7 inch screen... that's not a lot of desktop real estate when using virtual desktop clients. We also don't have a confirmed resolution for that screen. Battery life is stated as 8 hours which isn't great and I really really doubt you'd get that when using the video conference stuff they're pushing. Perhaps most importantly there's no mention of cost which, considering it's got a Cisco badge on it, isn't likely to be cheap.

    As for an iPad competitor... no, sorry. This is almost entirely focused on niche markets with VERY specific uses, it won't get anywhere in the home not least because it's been hit repeatedly with the ugly stick. Frankly I really don't think you're going to see a true iPad competitor (or, at least, not one that gains real traction) until 2011 when Apple will have the next revision on the market. After that... I dunno, same pattern as the iPhone I'd guess. iPad is going to sit lurking at the top end of the market while Android fills in the cheaper mid-range stuff. Android will probably end up taking the majority of the market (it's kinda inevitable when you've got dozens of manufacturers against one if the product is even halfway decent) whereas Apple will dominate the high margain top end and be very very happy indeed.
  10. MikeTemple macrumors member


    Jun 4, 2010
    In the cloud
    It's pretty irrelevant to most people, as it isn't aimed at consumers, but large corporations. I can see it being popular amongst the people supporting corporate IT - it can be totally locked down and that will reduce support costs compared To an iPad.

    If Apple want large companies to embrace the iPad, then they need to do more to make then centrally controllable. Making the iPhone talk to Exchange and enabling the ability to remotely wipe them did a lot to help get it into business, but I still see companies providing their employees with Blackberries over iPhones.

    The funny thing is, although the place I work wants people to use Blackberries, there are actually more people using their own iPhones and connecting them up to email and calendar by themselves. I suspect this will happen with the iPad too.
  11. MrWillie macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2010
    Starlite Starbrite Trailer Court
    Come on, the only reason Android has penitrated as far as it has is because of Centennial doing a buy one get one free ($99), Radio Shack having a $49 model, ATT having a $79, $99, and $129 models ad nauseam, ATT/ Apple haters, and those that don't really understand what open architecture is.

    Oh almost forgot (but trying really hard to forget) those that actually believe that flash works or may end up working better than the half butted way it is starting to work on Android platforms.
  12. Full of Win macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
    Not worried about this device per se, but rather what this device represents - form factor choice. The iPad is an awesome design, but its not for everyone. Some might want something bigger, and others something smaller.

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