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  • ltisteve@verizon.net ltisteve Jul 15, 2011 12:55 AM Flag

    Get out of ARMH blog post

    The thing I love about the ARM fans is that they don't want the greedy X86 manufactures ruining their market. ARM has a 98 percent market share in the smartphone market. In AMD's forty year history they have sold 1/3 of the processors that all the ARM manufactures sold last year. So, which monopoly are we talking about?

    I am very skeptical about the tablet experience. The thing that makes smartphones amazing is that you can take it with you. I think you are willing to overlook a lot for the sake of ease of portability. Tablets are a scaled up smartphone experience. Except, you usually use it at home. They are too large to throw in your pocket. My belief is that people may want a bit more from the experience, such as a scaled down computer experience. I know that Windows based tablets in the past didn't work. They were too heavy, too expensive, and the OS wasn't designed for a tablet experience.

    As long as you can keep them light, keep them under $500, and have a battery that last a few hours it will probably be fine for most people. What I am curious to see is if people will spend a little extra for a tablet that has a decent sized SSD drive and ports. If it was a PC that could run OS/X or Windows 8, will people give up battery life, and a few extra bucks in favor of a scaled down computer experience as opposed to a scaled up smartphone experience?

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    • The thing I love about the ARM fans is that they don't want the greedy X86 manufactures ruining their market. ARM has a 98 percent market share in the smartphone market. In AMD's forty year history they have sold 1/3 of the processors that all the ARM manufactures sold last year. So, which monopoly are we talking about?

      I am very skeptical about the tablet experience. The thing that makes smartphones amazing is that you can take it with you. I think you are willing to overlook a lot for the sake of ease of portability. Tablets are a scaled up smartphone experience. Except, you usually use it at home. They are too large to throw in your pocket. My belief is that people may want a bit more from the experience, such as a scaled down computer experience. I know that Windows based tablets in the past didn't work. They were too heavy, too expensive, and the OS wasn't designed for a tablet experience.

      As long as you can keep them light, keep them under $500, and have a battery that last a few hours it will probably be fine for most people. What I am curious to see is if people will spend a little extra for a tablet that has a decent sized SSD drive and ports. If it was a PC that could run OS/X or Windows 8, will people give up battery life, and a few extra bucks in favor of a scaled down computer experience as opposed to a scaled up smartphone experience?
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      ARM have actually shipped more processors than AMD and Intel combined.

      I am also sceptical about tablet, although now having used one touch (as in the interface) is the future for for some devices.

      As for your last point, that's the million $ question (for ARM).

    • Tablets are still a FAD IMO. But we'll see. I've been wrong before.

 
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