|Multitools: Roman (note the pivoting spoon and three prong fork as well as separate knife blade), Swiss Army (Victorinox) and Leatherman|
The issue is the US$100 barrier, which is a definite sweet spot for something that can be a book-bag and library plus web browser and document processor plus for education purposes.
Blogger dgm comments, in a Feb 15th 2012 post:
In a reply to a comment on my recent post on whether or not we are living in a post-pc world I mentioned these 7" android netbooks out of china that periodically turn up on ebay and dhgate.
Who, if anyone, buys them, I don't know, but they would appear to give you some basic functionality at a low price - web, skype, email and so on.
While looking for something else I noticed a new development. As well as the android netbooks there's a slew of 7" android tablets out of China. Obviously the sub $100 ones will have resistive screen etc but based on my zPad experience there's no reason to believe that they would be in any way less than the experience of using a brand name device.
The interesting thing is that these are increasingly being offered with an adapter that gives a couple of standard USB ports and a wired network port. ie you can plug in one of these roll up keyboards and a mouse and you've got the functionality of an android netbook.
Pack them away and you've got a tablet. And if you've got a resistive screen and a stylus you probably don't mind the smaller screen. (After all people successfully used palm pilots which had a much smaller screen to write emails and take notes) . . . .
the really interesting thing about this phenomenon is the price. The no name tablet plus foldable keyboard bundle usually come in at around $100 before shipping and taxes which has definite implications for tablet adoption and using them as simple note takers and educational devices ...