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Dear iNgadget: I think by now, we all know how it works: Apple introduced device X, and within seconds iNgadget starts talking down and spreading lies about competitors in the X market.

Have you seen the “PC World stops selling the Toshiba Folio 100, we go hands-on to find out why” article on iNgadget? Lets start by saying that you can order one for £329, not £999 or £560. Now, do you seriously think there are any merits to the rest of their “article” if they cannot even get the first basic fact right??

Just for the records: I have played a bit with the Toshiba Folio 100 and was amazed how well it worked (I have tested Galaxy Tab and iPad and Folio is so far the best one, but lets see if Archos 101 can top that). The software is very good although still not perfect, hopefully the 2.2 update coming in “a few days” will make it even better. Oh, didn’t your friends at iNgadget mention that???

EDIT: the article was updated by pointing out that many people have returned the Folio due to “lack of pinch-to-zoom in the browser”. HOLY CRAP, can you imagine someone returning their new shiny device because it could not do pinch zoom??? What kind of brainwashed Apple fanboys are we dealing with?? [for the records, the Folio I tested supported pinch zoom and was very good at it. Not that I will ever need that function]

  1. Stejus
    15/11/2010 at 11:25

    Jesus calls 7-inch tablets DOA:

    Result: Engadget does not dare to challenge Steve’s ridiculous outburst.

    NVIDIA calls 7-inch tablets DOA:

    Result: Engadgets bashes the idea with a “CE-oh-no-he-didn’t”.

  2. hi2tammy
    16/11/2010 at 11:15

    as far as I know Apple hasn’t released any new tablets; the iPad was launched on April 2010 and it has sold as a single base model (with different storage and communications configurations). The Folio 100 launched in early November in Europe, seven months after the iPad’s debut. So on that basis it’s unclear how that may infer that Engadget may have had a paradigm shift in its opinion of the Folio 100 when in fact Engadget has dedicated no less than six distinct articles to the Folio. None of those six articles left any notable positive impressions with Engadget which actually do match Folio reviews industry-wide which rate it as unimpressive.

    The last Folio 100 article in Engadget does in fact explain what the “£999.99” price tag means:

    “We quizzed the staff about the aforementioned £999.99 pricing and then all was clear: apparently this is a standard internal convention to stop its folks from selling certain products, so the price tag and display unit you see above weren’t supposed to be there at all.”

    In other words, “£999.99” is not a real price but rather a code assigned to products that are to be pulled off the shelves. That particular PC World store in the Midlands published the code by mistake. So there are no elements of fiction or lack of fact-checking in the article at all. Engadget took its time to go fact digging and fact checking. To that extent they uncovered PC World’s internal memo confirming that in fact, they had to stop selling the Folio 100 because of excessive and above average return rates.

    [see bottom of page for screenshot of internal memo]

    So in effect, Toshiba was unable to deliver a quality product and its faults came far and wide, on hardware and on software implementation. To an extent, the hardware faults of the Folio could perhaps be forgiven, but when its OS software implementation just simply fails to deliver even on basic functionality that the same OS delivers in other devices, that is just inexcusable. The greatest asset of smart phone/smart tablet gear is its ability to run software titles. When that is removed from the equation like in the Folio (no official Android Marketplace), then its greatest value goes away with it and renders the device undesirable. Not to mention the volume of other software glitches reported.

    So in essence, the Folio’s £329 price tag (£100 lower than iPad’s) becomes far too expensive for what it actually delivers: nothing much. Thus suddenly consumers begin to realize that £429.00 for an iPad is actually well worth the money as iPad ownership is a guarantee of high hardware and software quality every time. The iPad’s highest customer satisfaction of any device in the market simply reflect that value and at the same time underscore the fact that there are no competitors as of yet that are able to match the iPad and deliver products of similar quality.

    • 17/11/2010 at 13:12


      bla bla bla and more bla…

      Have you missed that iNgadget downranks all tablets to ridiculous levels lately? And if the tablets are so good they can’t throw too much dirt on them, they just mumble something about “upcoming ipad 2” and quickly move on 🙂

      Regarding quality of Folio: I have tested one, you have not. So please test one yourself before you open your mouth … or shut the fuck up you brainwashed iNgadget junkie 😉

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