The Decline And Fall Of Tablets
Contributor John Biggs says the tablet revolution is becoming de-evolution, as market forces drive price and quality down the toilet. "Remember netbooks?" he asks. "Exactly." Tablets were also the future, he says, but like the once-vaunted netbook, tablets will fall victim to manufacturers' weakness for squeezing profit out of a moribund product line. So much for premium products like iPad. "With the launch of the $199 Kindle Fire, and more recently the Nexus 7, the floodgates will soon open, driving down prices, quality, and value.,,as manufacturers realize they have to hit that magical $199 price point, the quality will fall even further as more corners are cut."