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They're a little confusing. It's not readily apparent that you can touch the little "feature" pictures on the device to bring up more information. No indication that the little "Core i7" photo is actually a button. And the iPad table is swamped with the things, one for each iPad. Hard to tell which one is the display, and which one is the product on display. (grin)
The patent abstract: "In an exemplary system, information is received at a central location from different units of a commodity. The information is generated from two-way local interactions between users of the different units of the commodity and a user interface in the different units of the commodity. The interactions elicit from respective users their perceptions of the commodity." Now, the patent itself throws in everything it can think of in nearly 70 claims, but...
Relevant portion from a recent article: Hi! We're Google and we're pretty not evil. "The point is, that other software, the open source software, that stuff should be open. It should be free and open for anyone to change and inspect and use how they wish. We need to trust our users to do the right thing. And our users need to be able to trust us. Manufacturers, however, are sneaky bastards, and can't be trusted at all. That's why we're withholding the Honeycomb...
All laudable goals. And, truth be told, probably needed. But the very idea of Android "standardization" could backfire. You can read my blog link for the breakdown, but with no significant differentiation, the majority of Android devices will end up being heavily discounted, or even given away as loss leaders by carriers and others attempting to lock subscribers into subscription plans. And the end of Android as a truly competitive...
Or simply that no one is buying and the current supply on hand is enough to last indefinitely...
Now that AT&T's rolling out WiFi hotspotting, the need for 3G/4G in the tablet itself is declining. I currently have an iPad 64GB WiFi 3G, but am seriously considering the WiFi-only model if I upgrade to the iPad 2. Use the phone's hotspot feature when I need it, and as soon as Apple releases a 4G iPhone, everything else upgrades automatically. But hey. If you like paying for a 4G data plan for your phone AND for your Xoom, go for it.
Anything else you're willing to compromise on? Build quality? Display quality? OS that works?
They didn't have Android in it's current form, they had it in that one, to compete against Blackberry. But it became obvious that Apple's iPhone had not only moved the goal posts, but the entire damn playing field. As such, they needed a couple of years to rework the user interface.
Actually, Android IS a clone in more ways than one. It wasn't enough to simply steal the iPhone UI. Google ripped off the Sun mobile JVM, changed things here and there just enough to get past the licensing requirements, and then marketed the result as Android.
And if the Android marketplace isn't profitable? An "open" OS sold to a bunch of people who don't believe in paying for software isn't going to support a lot of developers. Google itself is "unhappy" with the state of the marketplace. It's filled with tons of crappy apps that manage to hide the very few gems. Despite Android's parity in market share, by all reports actual sales are a fraction of those for iOS.
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