|Sam looks to bite Apple|
Samsung’s assault on the iPad looks serious
This is one of the more compelling reports on Galaxy Tab Samsung has developed. The video ad is very good.
Yes, front facing camera. Yes, Flash. And everything iPad does. Wifi. 1024×600 resolution. Weighs about half of what an iPad weighs, which is major if you have tried to use an iPad.
The tablets are going to change much. For one, already sick, this will kill newspapers.
Not if newspapers can figure out how to survive on less cash. Lets remember, that there are 25% of the households in the US that don't have internet. Those ppl still buy papers.
I have done nothing (in my free time) but read and take notes for over 25 years. Ever since I moved onto the computer (from a notebook in my pocket) I have longed for a little computer the size of my notebook that I can whip out anywhere and quickly type a note (and maybe take a picture!), so that I don't have to retype my notes to get them into a digital format.
These 'notepads' have promise, but until the iPad can fold in half, it's still too clunky. Until they have USB ports they are of limited use. So right now, even though it is one of the most exciting developments in digital devices, for me personally, I can't afford the luxury. It remains an expensive toy under development with promise. I am glad to see some competition to heat up this development process though.
By the way, I think television news is what has really hit the newspapers hard. First off nobody has to read. And these days, with cable and all, you have more choices of more independent style news sources from TV than from your 1, or maximum 2, local newspapers (Situation USA).
And as an aside, what are Newspapers, the TV, and the Internet going to do about the fact that, after all these decades, the news is still all crappola ?! Me, I avoid news at all costs already.
|Not if newspapers can figure out how to survive on less cash. Lets remember, that there are 25% of the households in the US that don't have internet. Those ppl still buy papers. |
You're right, print will be around for a long time, but it will be direct mail most marketers use. Few ad buyers are interested in 40 to 50 percent of a market. Targeted direct mail, which newspapers cannot provide. (A few newspapers, it should be noted, have gotten into the mailing list biz, wisely. But, that is not the news biz.)
Those 25 percent of the household without the web are not attractive to many advertisers with print. CommanderW is right; TV and radio is what they use.
"Survive with less cash" is right on the money, although everyone is loathe to address the problem that way.
All in all, I think tablets might help the news business.
|...the fact that, after all these decades, the news is still all crappola ?! Me, I avoid news at all costs already. |
If you are going to feel bad each time to use Product X, and you aren't seeing any real payoff, why would you use it? (While I still get the NYT every day, I canceled my subscription to my local daily newspaper after 30+ years a few months ago. They still drop one off at the end of my driveway every morning despite me not paying for it. Yeah, I look at it, but not like I once did. If I'm interested in story, I go to the web. And, this morning I seriously thought about saying, "Hey, folks, I do not want it, even for free, OK? Thanks anyway.")