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Acer founder: Tablets, ultrabooks are fads

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Aug 2011 15:20 User comments (5)

Acer founder: Tablets, ultrabooks are fads Acer founder Stan Shih has made some bold statements today, claiming that popular tablets are just short-term fads.
Additionally, Shih throws ultrabooks in the same basket.

The retired exec also urged notebook makers "to come out with more value-added products through innovation."

Shih complemented the iPad by saying Apple used "outside-the-box thinking" and made the tablet extremely successful.

Acer has a 7-inch tablet coming out soon priced at $345, which Shih expects will cause some price competition in the smaller-screen market.

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16.8.2011 0:33

I think it is a very good thing for Acer that this guy is retired. Too bad their hardware is just as bad as it was under his leadership.



26.8.2011 10:35

Originally posted by KillerBug:
I think it is a very good thing for Acer that this guy is retired. Too bad their hardware is just as bad as it was under his leadership.
The article is true. Tablets ARE nothing but fads. It would be a cold day in hell before a tablet would ever be able to replace the need for a laptop or desktop. Tablets simply offer a convenient way for lazy ass internet junkies to get their fix. To say a tablet would be a stable and worthwhile product to use for gaming or software development is ridiculous.

My Samsung Captivate can practically do anything a tablet can do. And lets not go on about how poor video quality on tablets is either.

Unless someone magically comes up with a way to drastically reduce the amount of heat tablets would produce in order to become as powerful and efficient as modern pc's and laptops, and consume less power doing so, tablets are doomed to die out eventually.

312.8.2011 12:34

DanandJen, and I thought I was old fashioned!

You must be under the premise that these devices are supposed to replace an existing niche like a lap top. I ride public transportation 2 hrs a day. 1 in five persons has one of these fads. They were rare a year ago but are common now. They are the right weight and size for a long commute in tight quarters. If you have to stand they can be held by one hand. Try using a lap top one handed while holding on with the other so you don't fall. I might see one person using a lap top in a month and probably less than that. Some use these devices to read, some watch movies, some play games. They are all used for entertainment. Most riders use some electronics. Books that used to be common are fairly rare. Half of those book readers also have earbuds or earphones.

Times are changing.

414.8.2011 16:07

Originally posted by DanandJen:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
I think it is a very good thing for Acer that this guy is retired. Too bad their hardware is just as bad as it was under his leadership.
The article is true. Tablets ARE nothing but fads. It would be a cold day in hell before a tablet would ever be able to replace the need for a laptop or desktop. Tablets simply offer a convenient way for lazy ass internet junkies to get their fix. To say a tablet would be a stable and worthwhile product to use for gaming or software development is ridiculous.

My Samsung Captivate can practically do anything a tablet can do. And lets not go on about how poor video quality on tablets is either.

Unless someone magically comes up with a way to drastically reduce the amount of heat tablets would produce in order to become as powerful and efficient as modern pc's and laptops, and consume less power doing so, tablets are doomed to die out eventually.
I don't believe tablets are fads, but have their own niche. While they are not good tools for data *providers*, they are good tools for data *consumers*. They are more convenient and last longer than a laptop as far as battery use. The builtin cameras could be used for barcode scanning for inventory control, or by a nurse or Dr to update a patient's medical records during a Dr or hospital visit. The possibilities are limitless, and I don't see them going away anytime soon.

514.8.2011 16:08

Originally posted by DanandJen:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
I think it is a very good thing for Acer that this guy is retired. Too bad their hardware is just as bad as it was under his leadership.
The article is true. Tablets ARE nothing but fads. It would be a cold day in hell before a tablet would ever be able to replace the need for a laptop or desktop. Tablets simply offer a convenient way for lazy ass internet junkies to get their fix. To say a tablet would be a stable and worthwhile product to use for gaming or software development is ridiculous.

My Samsung Captivate can practically do anything a tablet can do. And lets not go on about how poor video quality on tablets is either.

Unless someone magically comes up with a way to drastically reduce the amount of heat tablets would produce in order to become as powerful and efficient as modern pc's and laptops, and consume less power doing so, tablets are doomed to die out eventually.
I don't believe tablets are fads, but have their own niche. While they are not good tools for data *providers*, they are good tools for data *consumers*. They are more convenient and last longer than a laptop as far as battery use. The builtin cameras could be used for barcode scanning for inventory control, or by a nurse or Dr to update a patient's medical records during a Dr or hospital visit. The possibilities are limitless, and I don't see them going away anytime soon.

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