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  What does the price point have to do with it? At $199 I think it is priced attractively to compete with the iPad. If it fails to compete it will be for reasons like people wanting the Apple ecosystem or iOS, poor performance, a 7" (tabphonish) screen, poor hardware quality, etc. If Google is able to pull off a reasonable level of quality within those parameters it could be attractive to a variety of buyers. I just doubt it will be enough to do serious damage because it...
A little flummoxed on this one. $299 for a device tied to the Google ecosystem competing with the likes of the much cheaper Apple TV (offers streaming services to Apple's ecosystem with some third-party support) and devices like the Roku (no great streaming, but excellent support for third-party services)? And I didn't see mention of services like Netflix and Hulu Plus. For it to be worth $299 in my mind it would have to have some strong differentiating features such as...
As far as I can tell there are two ways to look at it, setting aside luxury benefits:If you don't effectively program your programmable thermostat it will pay for itself in short order. Easily.If you do effectively program your home thermostat, and have a home thermostat decent enough to program effectively around a schedule, you may not save a whole lot more with the nest. Technically you should be able to save more if you wanted simply from scheduling because the nest...
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  No, it isn't. Sure, you can pump up the resolution, but the attraction is the extremely high DPI.
  You're kind of coming across as if display problems are almost always going to be associated with the manufacturer who assembled the final product. Sure, a product manufacturer can definitely mess things up by assembling the product incorrectly, inconsistently, or poorly (using a poor backlight or poorly managing light distribution, failing to calibrate colors to a reasonable extent, failing to secure the screen properly to the rest of the assembly, etc.) but the screen...
  I love Monoprice, but no, they don't. I cannot think of a single thing sold at Monoprice which is higher quality than the original Apple part. In addition to the quality difference, there's usually also a usability difference. For example, Monoprice sells some pretty sturdy sync cables, but the connector is so large that it doesn't even fit into an iPhone with one of the newer bumpers. As another example, Monoprice sells some fantastic chargers (including a 4-port USB...
  It's pretty well priced, as far as I can imagine. I think the only context in which it should logically come across as pricey is to the customer who didn't want to invest extra money into a SSD. For example, compared to traditional (and even the current) MacBook Pros and other high-end laptops the SSD is the factor that throws the price up into this range.
I'm not sure I'd read too much into this relative to Google. Baidu is an extremely popular search engine in China and Apple wants to appeal more to that market. Adding support for Baidu is a good move. I'd read it as a blow to Google if Baidu was a underdog (on a noteworthy level) and Apple started migrating toward them anyway. The movement from Google Maps is probably a better representation of their relationship. If Google had decided to work with Apple instead of...
This is a pretty common scenario across a wide range of technology advancements and interfaces. The risk is if the standard isn't adopted, but being such a great specification (small port, huge growth potential, far superior to alternatives) and backed by big players (e.g. Intel) that probably won't happen.
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