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Nemos
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Re: Power of money
Nemos   10/22/2011 5:16:15 PM
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In other words, we can call it as over consumption. From one hand, it seems you realize that you bought things than you don't really need or use all the feature of them and from the other hand, you still want to buy things that you know you will not really use them.

As my father says: "Marketing it the tool how to convince people to buy things that they don't really need"

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Re: Indian Technology
Hospice_Houngbo   10/22/2011 1:20:04 PM
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I like both my laptop and my iPad tablet but I will not trade the former for the latter. Tablets are great devices, but you don't buy one just to follow the current trends. I bought one because I needed an e-reader, but I was not satisfied with my experience with a standard reader.  I haven't regret my purchase, even though I'm doing "very" little thing with my tablet than I would like to.

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Re: Indian Technology
Tvotapka   10/21/2011 3:45:21 PM
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Barbara - I can relate. Many of these convenience devices such as e-readers and tablets, do not promise the return I'd be looking for. But then, like you, I too am using an old non-smart cell phone, so we're not necessarily prime targets.

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Re: Indian Technology
mfbertozzi   10/21/2011 12:07:45 PM
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Ashish, your great post allows me to put on present board one of the thoughts got back to me while reading Barbara's editorial and below posts. Will be in the future a unique device for everything, I mean for any personal needs? (making call, watching video, word processing, reading e-book)

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Re: $38 is a base vanilla version
tirlapur   10/21/2011 3:05:17 AM
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I would think university students might be on a budget, but not economically disadvantaged. 

@stochastic excursion  in India 50% of the university seats are reserved for economically/socially backward students. They can't afford to buy 100$+ tablets. The main reason behind the government providing tablets to university students is to erase the digital divide between rich and the poor.


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Re: Indian tablet
tirlapur   10/21/2011 2:58:21 AM
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Aakash isn't going to appeal to the mass market either as a souped-up e-reader or as a stripped-down tablet.

@Barbara, In my opinion Aakash is going to appeal to the mass market. One of the engineering colleges here where my brother is studying is offering this tablet at 1600 INR (32$). He was saying that 90% of the college has registered to buy this tablet. I think 30$ price tag will attract many customers.

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Re: $38 is a base vanilla version
stochastic excursion   10/20/2011 10:47:38 PM
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I'm curious as to why the Indian gov't would need to provide tablets to university students.  I would think university students might be on a budget, but not economically disadvantaged.  Also the money might be better spent advancing literacy among the public.

I wouldn't want to get too dependent on a computer provided to me by the government.  In light of recent events the government may well want to keep tabs on students, and that would be a good way to do it.

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Re: Indian Technology
tech4people   10/20/2011 3:17:03 PM
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Anne, The Nano was actually a big flop in India. The main reason being-People wanted a higher quality product and are willing to pay more for it. Now Tata Motors is planning to export it countries poorer than India like Sri Lanka,Nepal and parts of Africa were they hope it will be a better success than in India. Regards Ashish.

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Re: $38 is a base vanilla version
tech4people   10/20/2011 2:41:06 PM
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Backorder, I had posted on this issue here as well. http://www.ebnonline.com/messages.asp?piddl_msgthreadid=242468&piddl_msgid=477802#msg_477802 Lets just wait and watch the initial reviews and results first. At the price-point you mention[Maximum USD 60];there are about 3 smartphones(with reasonable internet connectivity in the Indian market today] However none of them come from the major/well-established vendors. That's primarily because of the Huge amount of Sales tax slapped on all phones sold in India.Give tax-breaks on the lowest cost phones and see adoption zoom upwards... The moment you add more complexity into an electronic product the cost and reliability immediately suffers. This is an issue which will not be escaped by the Akash as well. Regards Ashish.

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Indian Technology
Anne   10/20/2011 12:52:41 PM
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It seems India's model of growth is being driven by the simple economies scale. Aakash is actually one technology among other cheap innovations that sweep India now. Few years back, India built the cheapest car Tata Nano, these Indian innovations may not be of use to developed countries but underdeveloped countries will embrace it.

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