> thinking like a user? maybe--- but I bet someone makes money in z sized umpcs....
Maybe that person is in China, Taiwan or Korea; probably not Japan.
When I said thinking like a user, I meant more like "wishful thinking". The Z
community needs to be a bit more cold, hard, business-like!
> i bet apple makes money with i-phone. the issue, as I think we agree is that sharp
> makes more money doing other stuff.
Apple are not selling a phone are they ? That's a status symbol. If you want a phone I'm sure you can buy something better, cheaper.
> otoh--what is to stop someone else from buying sharps screens and making something
Firstly, Z screen is now several years old and only VGA so it's old tech. Secondly, you need to be able to sell a lot in order to get a bulk discount. Thirdly, Sharp might decide not to sell to you, don't believe you can pay, don't want a competitor, etc. etc.
True enough about the i-phone. And I think, based on enthusiasm about other "not quite the same" devices like theKoshjiinja (sp) or the nokia most of the Z community will move on when there is something that is along the same lines and shows enough improvement to warrant it--like a better screen, as you mentioned--or more processing power , memory ,connectivirty-the usual stuff that get rehashed here regularly. I think (in my case it applies, certainly) that a lot of the wishful thinking is based on 2 easily reproducible elements-Linux, and the clamshell with a decent keyboard. There simply isn't anything else that qute does it just now