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Blog, Gadgets - Written by Renai LeMay on Thursday, February 28, 2013 16:56 - 11 Comments
Australia flooded with cheap Android tablets again
blog Some of you may remember about 18 months to two years ago it seemed like every manufacturer and their dog was determined to sell Australians their version of an Android tablet. ASUS, Acer, LG, Samsung and others launched so many 10″ tablets into the Australian market that at times it felt like a veritable flood.
Inevitably the flood ceased for a period, as consumers realised that the tablets were half-baked and weren’t as well-developed as Apple’s ubiquitous iPad. And so the flood ceased, at least temporarily, with most of the Android manufacturers going back to the drawing board. The tablets that were in Australia mostly saw dramatic price cuts and gradually went out of inventory.
Well, after that hiatus, this past couple of weeks the flood appears to have begun again — but in a smaller form factor, following the success of Google’s Nexus 7. Perhaps the most high-profile device to be flagged for imminent local launch is HP’s Slate 7 (pictured above), which CRN tells us will sell locally for $199, but there’s also ASUS’s MeMO Pad, also a 7″ device in a very similar form factor to the Nexus 7 (no big surprise, given that ASUS built the Nexus 7 for Google), and this afternoon Kogan joined the Android love-in with 8″ and 10″ tablet models starting at just $119.
We’re sure there are a few other 7″ Android tablet launches out there which we haven’t laid our eyes on, but frankly, we’re finding it hard to really care that much at this point, given the sheer amount of similar devices launching in Australia at the moment.
Now, we’d be the first to admit that Google finally cracked the Android tablet formula with its Nexus 7 device, and the Nexus 10 is also pretty damn solid. But isn’t it a bit silly for all of these other manufacturers to jump in on the bandwagon with their own devices? I mean, how much market is there really for 7″ Android tablets, and how much profit is there to be made on such units? It all feels a bit too much like following the crowd for this writer’s tastes, especially when you already have two units as solid as the Nexus 7 and iPad mini available.
What are your thoughts? Interested in buying one of the new flock of incoming smaller Android tablets? Or is it all a bit meh?
Image credit: HP
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