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China Tablets: 1Pad Disses Almost All Of Them!

Whoa [Google Translate]:

If the budget is less than a thousand dollars, in fact, there are many big-name tablet to choose from, such as Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, and Huawei, the difference between these brands and some domestic brands may not be apparent in the short term, but after After several months of use, the gap between the two immediately apparent, the domestic flat all kinds of strange problems will ensue, but the most prominent problem with the battery, so you have plans to buy a domestic low-cost tablet PC, You have to be prepared to handle the psychological preparation of various incurable diseases.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

So, who should I believe?

Those who have bought from China and have had OK experiences?

Or those who report on China tablets, inside China, and have experience with many more of them?

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Reference: Xiaomi Expansion

Two good ones from Tech in Asia:

Why Chinese smartphone makers aren’t eager to sell their phones in the West

Xiaomi cuts deal with local Chinese chip-maker to beef up intellectual property: report

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Tech Can Be A Pain In The Neck

Weibo communiqué:

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iLevon: Sometimes You Can’t Win

Weibo communiqué:

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Be Better

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Men Are Bluetooth, Women Are WiFi

I swiped this from Weibo:

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Men are like Bluetooth. As long as he’s next to you, he stays connected. But as you move away, he searches for others to connect to.

Women are like WiFi. They can see everything they can connect to but choose the best.

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China eBook Software

PCPop has an article with “recommended” (most popular?) eBook reading apps [Google Translate].

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Support for Web, iPad, Android, Kindle, and other platforms.

I’m intrigued by the claim that Watercress can do Kindle format eBooks. Do they really mean DRM-free MobiPocket?

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Retiring The Sizes Table

I’m pulling it out of Pages and retiring it as a post, here.

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Humility Smackdown

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Shenzhen

This is a must-read: Shenzhen trip report – visiting the world’s manufacturing ecosystem

Two excerpts:

These chips were sold, not individually, but by the pound. Who buys chips by the pound? Small factories that make all of the cellphones that we all buy “new” will often be short on parts and they will run to the market to buy bags of that part so that they can keep the line running. It’s very likely that the “new” phone that you just bought from ATT has “recycled” Shenzhen parts somewhere inside.

And:

The pivot from piracy to staking out intellectual property rights isn’t a new thing. The United States blatantly stole book copyright until it developed its own publishing very early in US history. The Japanese copied US auto companies until it found itself in a leadership position. It feels like Shenzhen is also at this critical point where a country/ecosystem goes from follower to leader.

They’re on the cutting edge over there.

If the current crop of tablet manufacturers would get their shit together, they’d be like the Japanese car companies pummeling the American car companies back in the day.

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