And what exactly is wrong with being run by engineers? Quality products >> catch name, especially when those bean counting accountants put it at a good price point. I have been nothing but impressed with the quality of acer laptops at their respective price points, I hope this tablet is the same.
half the problem with seling these things is some people dont even realise something other than an ipad or iphone exists. i have people at work (which is an IT company) that went and bought these things and keep telling me all the wonderful things they can do. I tell them that there are a million other phones that can do that and more, and they say "what phones?". they need some serious advertising to come close to pulling this off if they want to compete with apple.
[citation][nom]Hando567[/nom]And what exactly is wrong with being run by engineers? Quality products >> catch name, especially when those bean counting accountants put it at a good price point. I have been nothing but impressed with the quality of acer laptops at their respective price points, I hope this tablet is the same.[/citation]
There is a lot more to marketing than choosing product names. Marketing starts even before the the development of a product begins. It's the difference between doing things right and doing the right things.
Designing this tablet with these specs for this price is an engineering success. Having it sit in the market right next to the iPad is a marketing fail.
A slightly lower price, SD card slot and marginally bigger display are most likely not enough to kick the iPad from it's throne. Not while iOS has all the tablet apps.
This is not what people want, i can not comment on the software but that is not a visually appealing tablet.
Look at the screen, a huge black border is not pretty; there is a difference when holding a "screen" in your hands and a device that has a screen on.
I agree with the marketing comment, but others who read it assume that Apple do not have quality engineers; the reason why the iPad is successful is because it is visually appealing(marketing) and also has quality engineering behind it.
The Asus Transformer has USB ports only on the keyboard dock, while the Acer has at least one.
" This tablet is the first on the market to feature a USB 2.0 port with host support for viewing content from flash drives or smartphones, or for connecting a USB keyboard for fast typing." from acer's website
aside from that everything else seems the same to me. I personally plan on tethering my phone to a tablet while away from wifi. While i haven't tested wireless tethering i'm pretty sure I'd need USB for wired tethering.
Here is what I could do with that much.
1. Buy an "as is" i7 laptop with 4GB of ram and a decrete nVidia graphics (with a broken screen) on eBay (Saw one yesterday that sold for $330. It was an 8440p)
2. Buy a new screen to fix the laptop ($100) (Don't need to pay to have it installed cause I've got skillz)
That's it... I would have a (slightly used) working Core i7 w/ 4GB of ram, good graphics and a warranty all for LESS than a dumb little tablet.
This is why I will not spend $450 on a tablet... It's just too much for a weakling computer.