крысиные гонки

10:36 | 25-02-2011 | Apple, Hardware | 2 Comments

тем временем появился очередной планшет, Motorola Xoom. забавно, вообще, насколько сырыми и непродуманными выглядят эти торопливые гонки: очеивидно, что никакой концепции за продуктом нет, а лишь неуемное желание догнать уходящий поезд.

например, почему выбрано такое соотношение сторон?

[W]hat strikes me about it is that the 16:9 display means the device is clearly intended to be used horizontally. (The location of the “Motorola” and “Verizon” logos stamped on the front face reiterates this.) The iPad’s 4:3 aspect ratio works well in both orientations.

где приложения?

No apps that have been specifically designed for the 10-inch tablet, which in my experience does demand new apps. Yes, Android phone apps “stretch” to bigger sizes a lot better than iPhone apps did when stretched up, but sorry we haven’t seen great apps like the History of Jazz, Aweditorium, NPR, BBC, Flipboard, Heritage, etc, like what you see on iPad.

где обещанный Flash?

The Xoom will be released this Thursday, and eyes keener than mine have spotted, in tiny print alongside the bottom of a Verizon Wireless ad this ominous warning: “Adobe Flash expected Spring 2011.”

Expected, eh?

Let’s not forget that, technically, Spring 2011 can be anywhere from late March to late June.

что за странная практика допиливать напильником уже проданное?

Good news: The Motorola Xoom, which launched yesterday as a 3G-only Android Honeycomb tablet, will definitely be LTE-compatible within 90 days.

Bad news: In order for the Xoom to get updated, it has to be sent in and you’ll be without your brand new Android friend for 6 days.

и, наконец, что за в самом деле чертовщина с ценами?

“Could any other company have scored just as big as Apple did with the iPad, so long as they produced a $499 tablet?”

It looks like we’ll be leaving that question on the table for a mighty long time. Other manufacturers are having a terrible time coming even close to the price point of the entry-level iPad.

Verizon sells the XOOM for $599 with 3G contract; rate plans start at $20, for 1 gig of data per month. If you want to walk out of the store and own a XOOM without any further commitments and no 3G access, the un-subsidized price is $799.

изумительные профаны, как мне кажется.

вообще, в чем разительное отличие продукции Apple — это именно в ее взвешенности, логичности и завершенности; в понимании разработчиками одной общей концепции.

что незамедлительно подводит нас к следующему выводу:

But the state of the tablet world is still a simple one from a consumer perspective. Any tablet without an Apple logo on it has to provide a fast and clear answer to the question “But why would I buy this instead of an iPad?” A tablet that costs a bit more than an iPad and has little by the way of extra functions is going to struggle.

именно так: почему? и этот вопрос — он главный и единственный[1].

[1]вспомнилось к случаю:

Billy Costigan: The question is, and this is the only question, who thinks that they can do what you do better than you?
Frank Costello: The only one that can do what I do is me. Lot of people had to die for me to be me. You wanna be me?
Billy Costigan: I probably could be you, yeah. Yeah, I know that much. But I don’t wanna be you, Frank. I don’t wanna be you.

вот, по-моему, и другие тоже не хотят.


2 Responses to “крысиные гонки”

  1. s says:


    A surprising number of promised hardware and software features are not functional at launch < ...>.

    полностью в духе времени.

  2. s says:

    все лучше и лучше:

    Like we did with the Samsung Galaxy Tab we’re going to put the Xoom through the wringer, focusing on the browser to see how it performs and behaves for the mobile HTML5 developer. The short answer? The Xoom browser is not ready for prime-time — even for “HTML4” < ...>.

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