Why there are no other Padfone-like devices?

Why there are no other Padfone-like devices?

The next Padfone will be unveiled within few weeks and I’m wondering why other smartphone and tablet makers don’t launch similar devices. I do understand Apple and Samsung — cause these two are the only ones making money right now and they want us to buy phone and tablet separately — but I don’t get other contenders. What about LG, HTC, Huawei and ZTE? It’s not like they’re diving in cash (at least when it comes to mobile phone sales) – so why not experiment with novel form factors.

Future of computing

The way I see it, a device like Asus Padfone is the future. A smartphone will be at the center of our digital lives, allowing us to access not only key information, but also to complete many of the tasks traditionally done on a computer. That said, I don’t quite understand other handset makers – why they don’t offer such a device. It could be that…

Carriers don’t like the idea

Carriers want us to buy two different devices with two separate plans. Thus far we haven’t seen Asus announcing a single partnership with a major operator (group) for the Padfone. You could say the Taiwanese company isn’t that verse in dealing with carriers, but I must disagree – I see their tablets, netbooks and ultrabooks in various operators’ portfolios. So it’s gotta be that they [carriers] don’t like what Padfone is offering. Then again, it’s fair to add that for one reason or another Asus was slow to launch the Padfone — it’s still not widely available even though it was announced a year ago.

But…

Some of the companies could sell such a device unlocked, requiring no contract signing. That would beef-up the price, but I’m sure there would still be interested buyers. The way I see it, Chinese Huawei and ZTE should be especially interested in something like this. They want a piece of the high-end market and launching a Padfone-like device could help them move in that direction. HTC and LG are losing money as well and they too could benefit from the extra geek love blogosphere would give them (after launching such a product).

What do you think about this? Would you like to get a Padfone-like device? And would like to see other companies making them (alongside Asus)? Do let us know what you think in the comments below…

  • Skyline100

    Simply because the idea is stupid. Who wants a tablet that is useless without the phone? o.O

    • http://www.facebook.com/alanjfisher Alan Fisher

      Someone who is never without their phone. It means you can easily switch from doing something on your phone to a tablet without any hassle.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. 
        I’ve got more than 5 phones, and at least as many Tablets… and the Padfone is my favorite. It’s the most useful for most situations. (While the Samsung S7S is the best Tablet, Period! – especially for Business or an Artist) 
        I’d use Padfone more if we could get it on one of the major Carriers. 

  • Bawb

    Who wants this?  People who don’t want to pay the added expense of paying for everything twice (Processor, memory, etc).  You can easily have all of your data with you all of the time, even when you don’t want to have to carry around a large tablet.

  • Bawb

    Who wants this?  People who don’t want to pay the added expense of paying for everything twice (Processor, memory, etc).  You can easily have all of your data with you all of the time, even when you don’t want to have to carry around a large tablet.

  • http://feedsanywhere.com/ Todd Martin

    There probably aren’t others because it’s a hard concept to make work and in my opinion not a good idea to begin with.  The initial cost savings doesn’t out weigh the compromise. 

    Today I can buy the best (for me) phone, tablet and laptop and they are likely to come from different companies.  It’s easy to keep data in sync between them with all of the cloud apps out there.

    With the Padfone all three devices come from Asus.  For this example I’ll assume I like the phone part.  Since it’s the core device it is sleek and has good features and functionality.  The tablet is chunkier than is possible elsewhere and it can’t be used by a family member while I’m using the phone.  With the keyboard attached the laptop suffers from the same problems plus it can’t run a traditional laptop OS.

    Back to the cost issue.  While the Padfone initially costs less than separate devices this changes when I want a new phone.  Even if I buy another Padfone I likely need to upgrade the tablet and keyboard parts in order for them to still work whereas separate devices would still function.  Of course it would be worse cost wise if I decide I don’t want another Padfone.  Then I might as well throw away the phone and attachments.

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