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Why I Won’t Recommend A Tablet To Anyone

People think I have some secret or all-encompassing knowledge about Chinese tablets.

That’s not even in the same neighborhood as the truth.

First, there are many tablets I don’t pay attention to. Why?

Second, because I have specific needs: a 7.9 or 9.7-inch 4:3 screen. Period. I’m not interested in 10.1-inch 16:9/10 screens and I ignore all coverage of them I see at Chinese tech sites. I included some 8-inch tablets here because their low price intrigued and surprised me.

Third, I’m really only interested in what I need. Even though it looks like I’m doing a blog here for everybody, I’m not. Anyone else benefiting is simply a side-effect of my own quest for the best tablet for me.

Fourth, I don’t keep all tablet specs and reviews in my head. That’s a waste of my brain space. I write posts here so I can look up whatever I need. I know how dickish that sounds, but I’m simply being efficient in my wording here. If I was really a dick, there’d be no Comments.

Fifth, there is no best tablet, period. I don’t know where anyone is getting this idea. It’s an impossible notion. It’s like asking, “What’s the best fish?” Any Chef would reply, “The best fish for what? Baking? Poaching? Grilling? Sandwiches? Cat food?” So “best tablet” for what?

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Xiaomi MiBand Laser Etching

The Xiaomi MiBand can have words laser etched on it.

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Given how Xiaomi is all about letting users customize their devices, they’re missing an opportunity here. They let users make money by creating themes for MIUI. Why not let users make money creating designs that can be etched on the MiBand too? That area is far larger than icon-sized and people can be very creative with it.

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Microsoft “Finnishes” Murdering Nokia

Ax Falls at Microsoft as Company Looks to Cut up to 18,000 Jobs

Some 12,500 of the cuts are coming from the Nokia Devices and Services unit–roughly half that unit’s workforce.

Ah, Nokia!

I warned you goddammed Finns (and Palm and Microsoft) when the iPhone came out. But you had to be so smug! Where is your smugness now?

Your corporate egos just led to your own unemployment, the unemployment of the people who counted on you, and a massive sinkhole in the GDP of Finland. At one time in Japan, such shame would be worthy of self-annihilation. I’d recommend it, but you’d only ignore that advice too!

Let Nokia (and Palm and the current state of Microsoft) be a lesson to every company — tech or otherwise.

And I’m telling all of you right now: Wake up or China is going to eat your lunch. And your dinner. And your next-day breakfast too.

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Batman In Gotham

Photos taken today, July 10, 2014; reduced for publication.

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Lei Jun: Integrity

Lei Jun sent out this Weibo communique today:

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There Should Be A Special Internet Award For infanr’s Photo Editor

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Whoever chooses the photos over there does awesome work.

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Chuwi Announces V99i iPad Air Clone

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Intel 64-bit Bay Trail-T Z3735D CPU, 3G via Huawei UltraStick, other specs not yet released.

See IMP3Net [Google Translate].

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DataVision Is Gone Too

Photos taken today Friday April 14, 2014. Resampled and resized to VGA; click to enlarge.

I was on their website not too long ago. They never let on.

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J&R: Two Days Post-Death

Photos taken today Friday April 14, 2014. Resampled and resized to VGA; click to enlarge.

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Sony Exits North America eBook Market

Sony Selects Kobo to Bring its World Class eBookstore to Sony Readers in the US and Canada

In a weird twist, both Sony’s eBook division and Kobo are led by Japanese. It used to be, respectively, an American and a Canadian.

What the hell. One last kick in the gut to Sony for botching the tremendous potential of the Reader and for not listening to those who said it needed wireless from the start. Let me link to my original four-part post from 2006:

Sony Reader: Part 1 (of 4)
Sony Reader: Part 2 (of 4)
Sony Reader: Part 3 (of 4)
Sony Reader: Part 4 (of 4)

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