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Wednesday Poll: Adjust Tablet Plans After NVIDIA’s Quad-core Announcement?

NVIDIA shocked the mobile world yesterday when they announced that their new “Kal-el” quad-core processor could possibly ship in tablets by August and in phones by the end of 2011.  This move was completely unexpected, but also a little odd especially with so few products on the market running their current processor, the Tegra 2.  We couldn’t help but think about reconsidering our plans to buy not only a XOOM, but even a DROID BIONIC.  Both are going to be impressive devices, but if there is a chance you could own a quad-core device by Fall, would you be willing to wait?  And as far as phones go, who wants to be locked into a contract when we could have a quad-core device in 10 months?

Change of phone/tablet plans after hearing NVIDIA's quad-core news?

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  • for phones i dont think android will be able to utilize quad core yet until watever comes out for android version k

  • Beneathonyxskies

    I might wait till they come out and destroy the XOOM and all the other tablets in specs and performance and then pick up an outdated XOOM that will hopefully be much cheaper : )

  • puffycow

    If I keep waiting because something better is coming out then I’ll never buy anything.

    • Uplink

      Amen to that

  • J Dub

    I want this in a netbook not a tablet as I said earlier. I want something I can actually be productive on that is super portable. That and my renewal comes up around Christmas this year. Def looking for an open bootloader, hard keyboard, quad core, and great battery life. By great I mean Android great. Like a solid 24 hours. Blackberry battery life on large screen, super fast, do everything Android devices is just too far fetched.

  • Picodroid

    Oh my god, even more retarded responses.
    They said by the end of 2011, not summer. The Bionic won’t be out until mid-Q2. A Kal-El powered device likely won’t hit until right before Christmas and I’d be willing to bet EVERY SINGLE THING I own that it won’t be a smartphone. We won’t see any smartphones with a processor like the Kal-El until mid 2012, if we’re lucky.

    It’s stupid to wait any more than a month, two is pushing it, for the next technology. Any longer than that and you’re still waiting for what you were originally waiting for, and guess what? You’ll hear about the generation 2, or a completely different and much better technology “at the end of this year/early next year” and you’ll be stuck in an endless cycle of waiting. Don’t be dumb; get what’s best when you’re ready to get some as long as you know nothing much better will be out in the next couple weeks.

  • Anonymous

    My contract doesn’t end until November anyway so I have some time on the phone size. As far as a tablet, I’m not buying one on contract so if quad core does come out and is amazing I could always sell the device and get another one.

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t going to get one soon anyway considering Im broke….

  • michaelbrandonw

    Im going with snapdragon. I love my Netflix too much.

  • michaelbrandonw

    Im going with snapdragon. I love my Netflix too much.

  • usmitcboy

    Or… … how about enabling FULL GPU acceleration so my phone isn’t so damn laggy & I won’t need a 4-core processor, 45 minute battery life phone to run butter smooth! Sounds more enticing to me!!!

  • Anonymous

    I can’t replace my launch droid1 till this november anyway, so this development has me excited. I really hope something’s out w/ this by November. A phone, hopefully.

  • Anonymous

    Where’s the option for “I’ll sign a 1yr contract for the Thunderbolt then upgrade when a Quad Core phone is available on Verizon”?

  • Toddicus

    I won’t be waiting on quad-core for tablets b/c I have absolutely no use for them. I will, on the other hand, be waiting for quad-core phones and I hope they live up to their ‘coming in December’ comments. I’m still on an OG Droid, can’t updrade until October and now I’m happy I have to wait. Can’t wait to see what hardware it will be wrapped in, hopefully stock Android and not a locked down Moto P.O.S.

  • Taylorevans166

    I’m due for an upgrade the end of november. Perfect timing I suppose

  • Mordechai Daniel

    Well… I figure by the time I go to replace my Galaxy Tab… with the 10 inch Galaxy Tab. We should have some idea of whats coming out with the Quad-core. More than likely I’ll do the Best Buy buy-back and plan for whats next.

  • At this rate it doesn’t matter what CPU they use, all the Android tablets I want are over-priced!!!

  • Guest

    sticking with my iPad for now

  • Now I have to wait until Christmas to get a new phone or tablet. At least it give me plenty of time to save up for them both.

  • Anilraj420

    i just hope when my og droid contract is up in october there will be a quadcore front faceing nearfield chip phone out

    • Anilraj420

      o with 3d also

  • Godfrey2009

    Best buy buy back program. 🙂

    • Anonymous

      AMEN

  • I’m going to try and get my company to buy me a xoom instead of a laptop. In our environment it makes way more sense to have tablets, just need to convince them 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Hello Best Buy Buy Back Program get me a XOOM and then sell it back when the quad cores start to hit the shelves, I would also like to see how the battery will fair with that type of performance.

    • BrianWFarley

      I agree with NorCalGuy, Best Buy buy back program is the only way to go with 2 year contract terms.

  • Carlito Pr787

    At least they anounced it before any of they more popular tablets came out I would of been pissed…lol

  • NebulaOcton

    Between this and writing ability with a stylus, I am waiting for one with both

    • Anonymous

      They do make stylus for the phones that are out now.

  • Well…I’m not up for an upgrade until the year of 2012(Q1), so I guess I just have to wait and twiddle my thumbs until then.

    OR use my newly re-designed Droid X (Liberty 1.5/BigDX Crystal X) until then.

  • Anonymous

    I still don’t understand the appeal of a tablet, be it the iPad, the XOOM, or otherwise. It just seems like the most pointless device. Too big to be portable, and at that size (and price) you might as well get an actual netbook computer.

    I really don’t get it. So I choose D.) None of the Above.

  • @DMV11982

    Does anyone know if Verizon is going to offer the Xoom on a contract basis with a lower price?

    • most likely not. They did not offer it on the Galaxy Tab and I spoke with a rep that does not think it will be subsidized on contract. That saying, since my wife and I have verizon and really like it, I would not mind signing a 2 year contract for a little cheaper up front cost.

  • Derkk

    Still waiting for competition to hit and prices to fall. Tablets should not cost more than laptops for the same specs, smaller screens, royalty free OS, less options. At this point, I’m really disappointed with the mainstream pricing on the Android Tabs…..they aren’t even trying to compete in pricing to the iPad at this point.

    If I were going to buy a tablet today, it would be a 16gb wifi only iPad as that’s the best bang for buck.

    Looks like HTC, Moto, and Samsung are asking very high prices for theirs so far. We’ll see how LG prices theirs. Then there’s companies like ASUS and ACER that will probably come out with their versions too, hopefully showing some pricing competition.

    Problems with phone companies making tablets is that they are used to getting $500/smartphone and well they think they should get more out of a tablet. Wait until NON phone companies introduce their pricing, then we’ll see what happens.

    Tablets are computers, not phones, and should be priced similarly as laptops. While we all agree Android is better than Windows, it’s royalty free and its not right that manufacturers are charging more for Android.

    I thought the Dell Streak 7 would be a nice device, but its screen really sucks and I sent mine back immediately.

  • @DMV11982

    I am going to get my Xoom for my deployment in May! When I get back off deploment I will give the Xoom to my wife and buy a quad core tab 🙂

  • Easy solution people,buy a Nook Color now for $249 now and save your money and wait for the good stuff to gcome out and drive down the prices of the tegra 2, then you saved $$$ and have choices and can still run honeycomb, TODAY.

    all the dev/s are getting them,, they are completely unlocked and a hackable delite.

    • Petersen5

      Just like the gtablet but its slightly more at 400. Or the notion ink Adam if they could ever get them shipped here

  • Anonymous

    I’m still trying to figure out what exactly I’d use the Xoom for that my Thunderbolt won’t do.

  • MFG

    Buying my XOOM next week 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I’m not going to pay more than $500 for an Android tablet. I do not need the best if it is much more expensive.

  • Petersen5

    Well I am going thunderbolt on a new line because I wanted 4g, HD video w/good pic quality, big screen with a quick processor. HTC openness is what sealed the deal. Now tablets are a different story. I recently bought a gtablet for cheap(400 new) it has the current best on the market spec. With awful software that’s why custom roms are the main driving force once again it improves it so much. So if this Christmas a quad core really awesome tablet comes out I will probably pick it up since I didn’t invest much in the gtablet and the phone is just for speed and media. Gaming and most of the browsing done on the tablet. But I fear their going to be very over priced at first

    • Petersen5

      Internet speed I mean.

      And also if you want the best new thing your going to have to pay a lot. You can build a really good computer (gaming wise) for 1000. Not if u want the very best that will cost way more 3000 range atleast. People are going to have to realize something do they want something great. Or The Best. Just my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Why does it say wait until summer? You said they’d be out in the Fall?

    I think I’ll get the WiFi version of the Xoom. There will always be new technology on the horizon, and six months with the newest processor is actually quite a good time frame.

  • You forgot the option “not buying a tablet anytime in the near future”

  • You forgot the option “not buying a tablet anytime in the near future”

  • You forgot the option “not buying a tablet anytime in the near future”

  • You forgot the option “not buying a tablet anytime in the near future”

  • You forgot the option “not buying a tablet anytime in the near future”

  • You forgot the option “not buying a tablet anytime in the near future”

  • You forgot the option “not buying a tablet anytime in the near future”

  • You forgot the option “not buying a tablet anytime in the near future”

  • You forgot the option “not buying a tablet anytime in the near future”

  • You forgot the option “not buying a tablet anytime in the near future”

    • Oh thats called “Dont click anything and keep your mouth shut” its there i saw it.

  • Kevoskee

    I really want to see the battery efficiency of when its released.

  • Anonymous

    Just get the dual core now, sign a 1 year contract and upgrade to quad core when its up. You won’t be waiting much longer and you’ll have a better phone for now.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll be doing the same, but with the Thunderbolt, since I’d rather wait until Android I comes out optimized for Quad Core chips.

    • BrianWFarley

      Unfortunately, Verizon doesn’t offer a one year contract on the XOOM, only two.

  • Rocktoonz

    I’ll be waiting for an affordable one, anything over about $300 is just ridiculous

    • Agree, but I’d put my price at $400-$450. Already bought an Adam though, and it’s on its way to my house as we speak.

  • Jbona3

    I was planning to wait for a WiFi only Xoom, but based on this and the fact that a WiFi Xoom probably won’t hit until mid-summer, if at all, will be priced high and will probably be sporting a locked bootloader, I’m inclined to wait. Potentially for a quad core, or for a true “Google experience” tablet in the vein of the Nexus series of phones.

    • Jbona3

      Similarly, I’m inclined to wait for a quad core phone – loving my OG Droid on CM7 nightlies and won’t be looking to upgrade when I’m eligible in July.

  • Anonymous

    Do you think they will add the quad to the Xoom this summer?

  • Anonymous

    Do you think they will add the quad to the Xoom this summer?

  • LeeInMKE

    I’m going with choice ‘D’: Get the ThunderBolt now on a one-year contract, enjoy all it’s 4G glory; and buy a quad-core tablet later in the year, and when I can upgrade my phone in 10 months I’ll be ready for the new quad-cores coming out then. XD

  • LeeInMKE

    I’m going with choice ‘D’: Get the ThunderBolt now on a one-year contract, enjoy all it’s 4G glory; and buy a quad-core tablet later in the year, and when I can upgrade my phone in 10 months I’ll be ready for the new quad-cores coming out then. XD

    • Phil

      Me too.

  • I’ll be waiting for either cheap (i.e. below $400) WiFi Tegra 2 Honeycomb tablet, or a true laptop-replacement tablet with Tegra 3.
    Current crop of toy tablets with laptop prices is just wrong.

  • I’ll be waiting for either cheap (i.e. below $400) WiFi Tegra 2 Honeycomb tablet, or a true laptop-replacement tablet with Tegra 3.
    Current crop of toy tablets with laptop prices is just wrong.

  • Drummer62

    Something better is always around the corner, ALWAYS! If you wait all you do is spend more time with the slower device you are currently using and will NEVER get the better one that’s coming because guess what, there is ANOTHER one coming that’s even better, right after that. I’m sure that ANY dual core will hold you over until the quad core ones really make the market place and the cream of the crop rises to the top anyway.

  • Drummer62

    Something better is always around the corner, ALWAYS! If you wait all you do is spend more time with the slower device you are currently using and will NEVER get the better one that’s coming because guess what, there is ANOTHER one coming that’s even better, right after that. I’m sure that ANY dual core will hold you over until the quad core ones really make the market place and the cream of the crop rises to the top anyway.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t upgrade phone until October and then get a tablet for Christmas present. I will be more than glad to wait. Of course by then there will octo-core processors with a tablet that can resize to a phone and back again with 20G service but a battery that still only lasts 6-8 hours.

  • Anonymous

    Why not wait until May and get a XOOM w/ BBY’s buy back and trade that sucker in for something more impressive?

  • What about… “Not gonna buy one ever” or “As soon as a wifi only version is available”

  • Anonymous

    the way i look at it i can use a tablet NOW, for work purposes. ive been holding out for an android tablet bigger than 7″.
    if you need it you just cant keep holding out for the next gen device, thats how this game works…

  • Anonymous

    Its really all about pricing at this point. If things keep going the way they are with the carrier lockdowns and no wifi only ill stick with my netbook for on the go use.