Posts Tagged ‘motorola’

Lesson from HP: Non-Apple Tablets, It’s About Price!

Posted in editorial, tech news on August 20th, 2011 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

In the past 12 hours, I’ve seen more friends buy HP Touchpads than all the days leading up. In fact, I personally didn’t know a single person who bought a HP Touchpad ’til now. What made all the difference? The price dropped, to $99.

HP Touchpad Now $99

Competition needs to be in price

The irony is that for the days leading up to HP’s announcement on the Touchpad (and the subsequent price drop/fire sale), HP had spent millions of dollars on advertising, hiring celebrities like Lea Michelle and Manny Pacquiao. What’s become evident now is that consumers weren’t moved by the branding or the messaging. It all came down to the price point. The HP Touchpad is now selling out. Had HP utilized those advertising dollars on price cuts or offers, the TouchPad may have lived on.

What HP has provided though, is a valuable insight into the tablet market. Lately, several analysts have suggested that the tablet market doesn’t truly exist – that consumers weren’t looking for tablets per se, they just wanted the iPad. Perhaps that’s not entirely true either though. With this rush for TouchPads, there definitely is interest. It’s more a question of value and worth. How much is a consumer willing to pay for a non-Apple tablet.

In all other devices including smartphones, laptops, computers, etc., nearly every competitor of Apple is priced much lower than the Cupertino giant. Strangely, despite coming in much later to tablet market, companies like Motorola, HP, Toshiba, RIM, and HTC have been pitting their tablets directly against the iPad, even when it comes to price, with prices in the $500+ range. However, they fail to recognize that Apple (and the iPad) carries an additional brand value that no other tablet maker has been able to replicate. Thus, when you stack these tablets against one another, Apple wins out. The key, perhaps, is to mark down the pricing, even if it means taking an inital loss.

Android smartphones have been able to dominate the market by becoming a low cost alternative to the iPhone. Same can be said of the Blackberry of the last few years. Tablets, whether of Android, RIM, or WebOS origin needs to consider this strategy. Forget the branding, multi-million dollar ad campaigns, or trying to “be” the iPad. Instead, offer users with a similar experience for half the cost of the iPad. It’s not the prettiest thing to hear, but it can potentially save other tablets from going down the same route as the Touchpad.

Stop Me from Buying an iPad: An Android Tablet Wishlist

Posted in editorial on March 7th, 2011 by ddawg – 1 Comment

Alright Android-tablet manufacturers (yes, I’m talking to you Motorola, Samsung, HTC, LG, and the rest of you out there!). In approximately five days there’s a very good chance I’ll be dropping a good sum of money to Apple to get an iPad 2. You have five days to convince me that I should hold off and wait for one of your devices. Here’s what you need to offer to win me over.

Honeycomb
This should be a given but yes, I want Google’s tablet-specific Android operating system. It should come bundled in – none of that Froyo + later update business. Honeycomb IS the reason why I’d consider a non-iOS tablet. That should be the top priority.

Android Honeycomb

Camera
Apple’s iPad 2 camera specs were quite the disappointment. I’m not expecting to take any photos with the back camera so there’s no reason to load up the back camera and add to the weight and cost. All I ask for is a decent front facing camera video chat so I don’t look like a dark pixilated mess when I decide to chat with my folks back home or my friends on the other side of the country.

USB, SD, and other Ports
I intend on doing some actual work on this thing, something Apple seems to refuse to do for its consumers. A USB port allows me to import and export documents and files between my computers and tablet. An SD card slot would be nice too, especially for transferring pictures from my camera. If you really want to get ahead of the game, outdo Apple and put in a Thunderbolt port. Don’t forget about the HDMI port too (and again, none of that extra adapter crap that Apple does to skip out on HDMI royalties)

LG Optimus Tablet

Resolution
Apple’s got a 1024×768 resolution for the iPad 2, the same exact one as the first iPad. You know it’s only a matter of time before they kick in their retina display for their iPad 2 HD or iPad 3 – might as well put it in now.

Physical Size
Personally I’ll probably go for a larger tablet, but it’d be nice to see both 7” and 10” models. Still, with all that extra stuff, it’s important to keep this thing thin and light. After all, this is supposed to be a portable device – if it’s as thick as a laptop or as heavy as a netbook, it almost defeats the purpose. Apple manages to keep their devices looking quite good and sexy. Call it superficial, but people are buying it (quite literally).

Apps, Third Party Partnerships, etc.
This is probably more on Google, but we’ve seen devices and carriers make deals. One place that iOS has Android beat is their 3rd party support, especially in apps. It’s been a few years and games are still scarce. Guys, get some partnerships going. Get the big game developers to develop some exclusive games for Honeycomb tablets. What about Skype? There’s no reason why there shouldn’t be video calling via Skype – make it happen before Apple. Apple’s got GarageBand and iMovie – why not get a better Adobe Photoshop/Premiere (for tablets), podcasting/audio recording software, and some good word processing/spreadsheet/presentation apps in. iOS is forgiven of their limitations because of their app ecosystem – but that doesn’t have to stay exclusive to them.

iOS App Ecosystem

Pricing
I don’t care how loaded it is, you can’t sell it for more than an iPad, at least for the consumer market. $499 16GB WiFi only is your goal. If you match it, you’ll do well. If you can get below, you can do some actual damage. Tablets are not cheap, but right now people are getting settled in to them. Apple’s already won the front in mindshare. To win it in the long haul, you’ll have to take a cut (and perhaps a big hit). Otherwise, you’ll just be another tablet sitting in the back rack of Best Buy collecting dust.

Timing
Get this device out by mid-year. If it takes longer than that, I might as well get settled with an iPad. Oh, and definitely don’t pull a Microsoft with a 2012 strategy. Seriously though, start announcing your release windows. We’ve got a bunch of announcements but no dates – ambiguity does not help sell a product. Start committing to certain deadlines. Even if you do have to push it back, it at least gives consumers something “concrete” to latch on to. Otherwise, it’s just another magical white unicorn to join the ranks of the white iPhone.

Balance
All the things I listed – you can’t just do 80% of it. Whether you like them or not, what Apple does, they do it rather well. They manage to balance their products so that you never have to worry too much about one issue over another.  If you get all these things I listed in but price it at $800 or give it a battery life of 4 hours, it’s never going to compete and sell. This is where all the years of experience in manufacturing, R&D, and business need to come together. You gotta tie this all up in a neat bow and make sure the darn thing works, and works well!

So there you have it. You have five days (really four) to make a big announcement to get people to wait. Once Friday rolls by, you’ll lose a ton of people over to the iPad (along with extensive media coverage). I’m telling you now, I’m one of those many people willing to wait, but you got to give me something worth waiting for.

Gigawhat Episode 23: Tweet Blocked!

Posted in podcast on February 21st, 2011 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

Iyaz returns as we make sense of the latest news and rumors. Are you locked out of Twitter? Why even try a non-official third party app? We also give our thoughts on the Facebook phones as well as the latest batch of Apple rumors, including the iPad 3, iPhone 5, and the next line of MacBooks.

Don’t forget to subscribe to us on iTunes with the link below and follow us on Twitter (Derrick at @derrickc82, Iyaz at @iyaz. Leave a comment and check out the links to the show on the blog post.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Download the Show

Subscribe in iTunes

Subscribe RSS

Show Links

UberTwitter Responds to Twitter Lockout: http://www.quora.com/Why-did-Twitter-suspend-UberTwitter

Nokia-Microsoft Partnership: http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20031468-264.html

Xoom Pricing: http://techland.time.com/2011/02/16/motorola-xoom-tablet-to-start-at-600-verizon-version-at-800/

Atrix 4G Release Date: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2380540,00.asp

HTC Facebook Phones: http://www.androidcentral.com/htc-salsa-and-chacha-under-glass-mwc

Apple’s New Subscription Rules: http://www.dxstuff.com/2011/02/16/is-apple-shooting-itself-in-the-foot/

iPhone – Cheaper, Not Smaller: http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/02/iphone-may-get-cheaper-but-not-smaller.ars

MacBook Launch: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/02/18/apple_gearing_up_for_major_product_launch_early_as_next_week_sources.html

App of the Week

Words with Friends (Android): https://market.android.com/details?id=com.zynga.words

Androidify (Android): http://androidify.com/

Starfront Collision (iOS): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/starfront-collision/id402025815?mt=8

Gigawhat Episode 22: The Wait is Over! The Verizon iPhone is Here

Posted in podcast on February 8th, 2011 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

Source: Verizon

We return from our brief hiatus with Aric Mellot of The Gmen Show. We got quite the roundup in news from the Verizon iPhone to sorting out the Playstation Phone and the PSP2. Plus, with so many tablets coming out, we look at some of the big players and what you should consider before buying one.

Don’t forget to subscribe to us on iTunes with the link below and follow us on Twitter (Derrick at @derrickc82, Iyaz at @iyaz, Aric at @phatemokid. Leave a comment and check out the links to the show on the blog post.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Download the Show

Subscribe in iTunes

Subscribe RSS

Show Links

Verizon iPhone: http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/iphone.jsp

Xperia Play Preview: http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/26/sony-ericsson-xperia-play-playstation-phone-preview/

NGP (Next Generation Portable): http://psp.ign.com/articles/114/1146358p1.html

Nintendo 3DS: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2374399,00.asp

Google Honeycomb Event: http://www.androidcentral.com/google-honeycomb-event-recap

Motorola Xoom: http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/02/android-honeycomb-motorola-xoom-hands-ons-widgets-grocery-iq/

Toshiba Tablet: http://www.thetoshibatablet.com/

iPad 2 Rumors: http://www.padgadget.com/2011/01/31/latest-round-of-ipad-2-rumors/

WebOS Tablet: http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/18/exclusive-hp-palms-webos-tablets-pictures-plans-and-mor/

App of the Week
Bubble Ball (iOS): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bubble-ball/id412089940?mt=8

Android QR Link

Gigawhat Episode 21: CES Roundup

Posted in podcast on January 17th, 2011 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

Source: CNET provided by Henry "Tapchus" Chu

Andrew Hoover and Aric Mellot of the Gmen Show share their thoughts on the Consumer Electronics Show. What were the hits and what were the misses? Tune in and find out!

Don’t forget to subscribe to us on iTunes with the link below and follow us on Twitter (Derrick at @derrickc82, Iyaz at @iyaz, Andrew at @Frontline99, and Aric at @PhatEmoKid). Leave a comment and check out the links to the show on the blog post.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Download the Show

Subscribe in iTunes

Subscribe RSS

Show Links
CES 2011 Highlights: http://www.dxstuff.com/2011/01/10/ces11-highlights/

App of the Week
Google Translate (Android): http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-look-for-google-translate-for.html

Google Translate for Android

The Real Winner of CES: Google

Posted in tech news on January 12th, 2011 by ddawg – 1 Comment

Google wasn’t officially at the show, but it still stole it. From the booths to the halls to the devices attendees were using, Google made its presence known.

Google's Android Honeycomb OS on the Motorola Xoom

2011 is dubbed the year of the tablets and CES 2011 was a clear reflection of that. Tablets of all shapes and sizes were found throughout the show. Yet aside from the Blackberry Playbook and the occassional Windows 7 slates, nearly all the tablets found on the show floor were running Android. In fact, CNET’s Best of CES Award went to the Motorola Xoom, the first tablet to run Android 3.0 (dubbed “Honeycomb”). Yet, the award seemed less about the actual hardware (from Motorola) than the operating itself. While previous iterations of Android have been made for smartphones, this new version is specifically for tablet devices. It certainly wowed the audience, making it a top pick among most tech and news organizations and a seriously contender against the Apple iPad.

Smartphones made a strong showing at CES as well. Yet, aside from the Windows Phone 7 phones at the Microsoft booth, most phones shown, whether by LG, Samsung, or Motorola were all running Google’s Android operating system. Again, one of the favorites of the show was the the Motorola Atrix, an Android smartphone that had the ability to dock into a laptop/desktop. It was this versatility that Android provided that set it apart from other leading smartphone operating systems, such as iOS. Even a quick poll of the showroom floor reflected a high share of Android smartphones (used by attendees) – a stark contrast from even a year ago.

Google even permeated into the television market, despite rumors of Google asking manufacturers to hold back on displaying Google TV. Sony, Logitech, and Vizio showed new lines of TV sets that would integrate with Google, whether it be with Google TV or a form of Android. YouTube, which is owned by Google, has become a staple item for widgets and apps in these new “Smart TVs” that were featured as well this year.

It’s clear that Google is looking to move further into the household, beyond the computer. Yet, Google operates very differently than traditional companies like Samsung, Sony, or Microsoft. Google is not a hardware manufacturer nor does it limit itself by a product line. Instead Google integrates themselves into the daily habits of each person, at home, at work, and in between through its software and services. As it continues to collect data, learning from the various behaviors and actions each person exhibits, it grows in its ability to spread even further into our lifestyle habits. What started as a search engine has already become an entertainment system (Google TV), translator of both different languages and voice-to-text (Google Translate, Google Voice), GPS (Google Navigate), and a guide for your next meal (Google Places, Google Maps). Who knows, maybe next year we’ll see Google spread to the rest of CES with Google refrigerators and Google-integrated cars.

Angry Birds Lands at CES

Posted in offbeat on January 10th, 2011 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

One of the most popular games of 2010 made appearances across CES, including a non-digital board game.

Angry Birds on an oversized phone

Angry Birds on Atrix

Angry Birds Booth

Plush Angry Bird

Angry Birds: The Board Game

CES 2011 Highlights

Posted in gadgets, tech news on January 10th, 2011 by ddawg – 2 Comments

CES 2011 had plenty of tablets, TVs, and phones; but what were some of the showstoppers? Below are some of the top picks of this year’s CES.

Motorola Atrix 4G

What makes this smartphone unique is its ability to dock into a lightweight laptop/desktop computer. Once docked, a desktop UI interface loads while being powered solely by the phone. The phone itself is gorgeous as well with a 960×540 display as it ran on Froyo. No release date was announced though the phone will be supported on AT&T.

Motorola Atrix

Laptop Docked Atrix

Desktop Atrix

Angry Birds on Atrix

Razer Switchblade

As gaming has shifted to portable devices, hardcore PC gamers still find themselves locked down by high spec requirements and heavy gaming units. Razer’s new concept not only brings PC gaming into a light and portable device, the keyboard, somewhat reminiscent of the Optimus keyboard, shifts the key-specific LCD displays accordingly to the game (or program).

Razer Switchblade gets WoW'ed

Razer Switchblade

RIM Blackberry Playbook

The makers behind the popular Blackberry franchise came out in full force with the Playbook. While much smaller than the iPad, the Playbook still packs quite the punch. Not only did it handle multitasking smoothly (running video, webpages, gaming without a pause), the UI was easy to use.

Blackberry Playbook

Qi Wireless Charging

Fulton Innovation showed a wide range of practical applications for wireless charging. From recharging (Tesla) electric cars to heating soups to cereals and toys animated on store shelves, this new technology may bring about change from your desk to the store.

Tesla getting charged from mat below

Inductive Wireless Charging

Wireless Soup Heating

Box-front Integration

Motorola Xoom

CNET’s Best of CES 2011 went to the Motorola Xoom. The first tablet to use Android’s 3.0 Honeycomb. Honeycomb is made specifically for the tablet experience. Though limited to pre-recorded video, Motorola showcased their tablet, highlighting revised interfaces for Google Books, YouTube, and browsing.

Motorola Xoom

LG Glasses-free TV

3-D continued to reign supreme on the floors of CES. With the consumer backlash against the need for glasses, several companies revealed glasses-free technology. While these new TVs were still limited around three ideal viewing apots, it’s at least a small step in the right direction.

Glasses-Free TV

Gigawhat: Episode 7 – The World According to Google

Posted in podcast on August 16th, 2010 by ddawg – Be the first to comment
It’s a Googolplex of Google stories (okay, maybe not THAT many). Still Google makes several of the headlines for the week with a Gmail update, Android apps, smartphones, mini-tablets, and of course, the net neutrality argument.

What is net neutrality? Iyaz and I break it down and talk about why Google has suddenly become considered (by some) as “evil.”

Speaking of evil, we also provide details to protecting against evil exploit attacks and phone hackings. What do you need to do? Find out in this week’s episode!

Don’t forget to subscribe to us on iTunes with the link below and follow us on Twitter (Iyaz at @iyaz, Derrick at @derrickc82). Leave a thought or comment as well on the blog post at dxstuff.com.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Download the Show
Subscribe in iTunes
Subscribe RSS

Show Links

Gmail Update: http://gizmodo.com/5609961/gmail-contacts-receives-minor-improvements

Google Voice Search App: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/just-speak-it-introducing-voice-actions.html

Tweetdeck for Android Beta: http://www.tweetdeck.com/api/android_whitelist/

Motorola Droid 2: http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/Motorola-DROID-2-US-EN

Special Edition R2-D2 Droid 2: http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/08/13/motorolas-droid-r2-d2-special-edition-to-be-released-september-30th/

Dell Streak: http://www.Dell.com/Streak

Smudge Attacks on Touchscreens: http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/08/11/128244/Touchscreens-Open-To-Smudge-Attacks

Patch Tuesday (for Windows): http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20013210-245.html

Frash – Flash for iOS: http://www.macworld.com/article/153239/2010/08/frash.html

Google-Verizon Talk Net Neutrality: http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/09/google-and-verizons-net-neutrality-proposal-explained/

Gigawhat: Episode 5 – Leakages and Pads (and Froyo, too!)

Posted in podcast on August 2nd, 2010 by ddawg – 1 Comment

Mind out of the gutter! We’re of course speaking about the white iPhone 4 delays (due to light leakage) and the plethora of tablets and slates hitting the market. Looks like the next Android firmware update (2.2 aka Froyo) will be coming soon to certain phones. Meanwhile you might want to rethink that PS3 update. All this and more in this week’s Gigawhat!

Don’t forget to subscribe to us on iTunes with the link below and follow us on Twitter (Iyaz at @iyaz, Derrick at @derrickc82). Leave a thought or comment as well on the blog post at dxstuff.com.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Download the Show
Subscribe in iTunes

Show Links

Android 2.2 Rolling Out for the HTC Evo: http://www.androidcentral.com/original-droid-getting-android-22-next-week

Android 2.2 Rolling Out for the Motorola Droid: http://www.androidcentral.com/original-droid-getting-android-22-next-week

Android 2.2 Rolling Out for the Motorola Droid X: http://www.androidcentral.com/droid-x-gets-froyo-late-summer-motorola-says-froyogeddon

PS3 Firmware Issues: http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/31/ps3-firmware-3-41-said-to-be-causing-hard-drive-upgrade-problems/

New Kindle Releases: http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Reading-Display-Graphite-Globally/dp/B002FQJT3Q/

Possible Blackberry Slate?: http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2010/07/28/rim-buys-blackpad-com-presumably-as-a-home-for-their-blackberry-tablet/

Sprint PEEL Case for the iPod Touch: http://www.dxstuff.com/2010/07/30/ipod-touch-3g-case/

iPad Magazine Subscription Challenges: http://www.macrumors.com/2010/07/28/apple-squashing-ipad-magazine-subscription-plans/

Apple’s Competitor Attenuation Videos Removed: http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/31/antenna-videos/

White iPhone Delays: http://www.thestreet.com/story/10819663/1/apple-grapples-with-white-iphone-light-leak.html

K-Mart’s $150 Android Tablet: http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/26/augens-150-android-tablet-hits-kmart-circular-coming-to-store/