Blog post: So? Where are the Phones and Tablets?

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Well, it’s Sunday and things are quiet on the phone news front, so I’d thought I’d share my thoughts on a few things that are annoying the hell out of me!

Phone manufacturers, we understand you like to generate a buzz and interest in your devices before they are launched,but for christ sake, launch the bloody things!

I watched (like the good geek I am) the Nvidia live announcement from the CES show back in early January,all excited at the impressive demonstration of the LG Optimus 2x phone, the phone ticks all the boxes of what I want from a phone to replace my ageing Nexus One. So I waited,watching for news of a release date in the UK and prices,nothing was forthcoming. No matter thinks I, they are sure to announce everything properly at the MWC2011 in February ……


So, it’s Feb the 27th, nearly two months after the phone was outed at the CES show and there is no confirmation of a UK release,plenty of reviews out there but no firm dates etc.

I’ve singled this out as an example but it isn’t just LG, it’s all of them,sometimes a phone comes out quickly but mostly it’s a long drawn out affair. The glut of Tablets due out are especially bad for this, if a Manufacturer wants a Unique selling point there is an easy one that’ll secure millions of sales –  RELEASE THE DAMN THING!! There must be thousands of us out there there want a decent tablet but won’t get an ipad,all watching and waiting for a decent Android (or RIM/HP/Microsoft) tablet, but simply can’t get one because there isn’t any out yet.

So, my message to all the phone and tablet manufacturers is quite simple, please, for the love of God,announce a phone and then follow it up with release dates and pricing details! Don’t announce something and then leave us hanging for weeks and months on end.

Am I right? or am I just impatient?

Please flame me in the comments below!

Cheers, Stuart.


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  • I’ll be honest and it’s gonna kill me to say it, but this is what Apple does right. They announce products and they’re available almost the next day some times… The rest of the industry needs to step it up if they want to wrest some of those customers away from Cupertino.

  • Stuart McGregor

    I must admit I did think that when writing it….

  • Steve Gates

    err there was six months between the iPad being announced it it beeing shipped, same with the original iPhone…..I think you guys are living in the Jobsian reality distortion field,,,,,,,,but you are not the first to forget Apple get many things wrong, including launching a duff peice of hardware in the iPhone 4 that had schoolboy error in its antenna design…………..Lets keep things real guys and stop bigging up Apple, they are just as bad as the rest of the manufactuers, except for their marketing department who are just amazing:-)

    • Stuart Mcgregor

      Crikey! First time I’ve been accused of bigging up Apple!
      I don’t really pay attention to Apple announcements and the actual release dates etc as I’m very unlikely to buy anything of theirs!
      I did think they did the announcement and followed up with dates etc….but like I said….

    • well here we go then, iPad2 announced March 2nd, available March 11th… thats some Jobsian reality distortion field!