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Verizon Ellipsis 7

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DanJones 11/6/2013 | 12:33:30 PM
Re: Just another cheap Android? My completely unscientific census -- from hanging around in mobile stores taking photos of tablets recently -- is that people that go into a carrier store to buy an LTE tablet have a fairly definite sense of what they want.

The people that buy a tablet on a whim are in Best Buy.
Sarah Thomas 11/6/2013 | 10:38:35 AM
Re: Just another cheap Android? hmm If that is the case, I don't see the vendors caring too much...at least not the big ones. But, with T-Mobile shaking up the subsidy model and other carriers following suite, they are losing some control over the supply chain.
Sarah Thomas 11/6/2013 | 10:32:24 AM
Re: Carrier Tablet Sales That would make sense. A Verizon spokesman was entirely unforthcoming, just saying, "The Ellipsis family will have other devices launching not only tablets, the Ellipsis 7 is the first to launch."
KBode 11/6/2013 | 10:25:43 AM
Re: Just another cheap Android? Yes the announcement seemed rather quiet. I do think they could have success but primarily among a less tech savvy set that gets hard sold when in store.

Not seeing too much of a positive reaction from consumers thus far. First reaction seems to be "wow, those bezels are really kind of large, why would I buy this instead of the Nexus 7?" The second reaction seems to be "Wow, Verizon rarely updates software in a timely manner, why would I buy this instead of the Nexus 7?"

But since Verizon refuses to approve the Nexus 7 to run on its network in a timely manner, Verizon clealy hopes that answer answers itself.
Sarah Thomas 11/6/2013 | 10:23:38 AM
Re: Just another cheap Android? Funny how the Nexus 7 is stuck in Verizon device approval purgatory, but here's a Verizon 7 tablet. Or how Google Wallet simply can't be supported because of obscure technical reasons, but here's Isis. Or how Verizon can't be bothered to support the Nexus 5, but here's some more Verizon bloatware-loaded Droids.


Well, gotta admit, I didn't think of it that way. Doesn't seem so customer-friendly in that context. I see why Verizon wants to do the tablet, and I think it could have potential with new serivces on it, mainly from a FiOS perspective, but I suppose it could've done all that without its own hardware.

I wonder how much they'll market and promote it. Doesn't seem like they're making a big deal of it so far.
wanlord 11/6/2013 | 10:12:20 AM
Re: Just another cheap Android? Probably a  longer term negotiating strategy.  They may lose money on this device, but it's a message to vendors that they are not just the "network" and shows that they can develop and produce their own devices so it's in the vendors best interest to keep up their evolution and reduce costs & subsidies. 
KBode 11/5/2013 | 2:27:16 PM
Re: Carrier Tablet Sales Curious to see what the Ellipsis family of products entails moving forward, and if that's what was referenced the other day in this piece at The Verge:

"However, it sounds like the biggest US carrier and Google will have something to show us next year. Pichai also made it a point to mention that Google was "working with [Verizon] on a set of projects for 2014." Whether Verizon's collaboration with Google is a modified version of the Nexus 5, a new tablet, or something else entirely remains to be seen — but we'll have to wait until next year to find out."
DanJones 11/5/2013 | 2:13:28 PM
Re: Carrier Tablet Sales Re: Carrier sales


That might be changing though, consider AT&T's Q3 tablet sales somewhat saved its bacon.

Still don't think *this* tablet will do much for Verizon however.
KBode 11/5/2013 | 2:01:49 PM
Re: Just another cheap Android? I would actually want it less, given Verizon isn't very good at updating their software.

Funny how the Nexus 7 is stuck in Verizon device approval purgatory, but here's a Verizon 7 tablet. Or how Google Wallet simply can't be supported because of obscure technical reasons, but here's Isis. Or how Verizon can't be bothered to support the Nexus 5, but here's some more Verizon bloatware-loaded Droids.

Verizon clearly wants to capitalize on their retail presence to push their products and services harder, and that idea might actually work if Verizon's products and services didn't often suffer from being poor mimics of better-designed and more innovative products and services (remember VCast video? the Verizon app store?).

I think it's all bad judgement by Verizon, and I think they'd be better served by getting out of the consumers way, but I do suppose that once you've got somebody in your shops you can probably sell them anything. We'll see. Traditionally tablet sales through carriers have not been particularly hot anyway.
DanJones 11/5/2013 | 1:40:35 PM
Re: Just another cheap Android? What an odd move. I could walk out of the office door and buy a cheap $99 Android tablet right now. No LTE but I don't see nothing that would make me want this just because it is LTE.
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