|Re: HP 20B - 1st impressions|
Message #18 Posted by Diego Diaz on 15 Sept 2008, 12:11 p.m.,
in response to message #12 by cyrille de Brebisson
The cellular (mobile) phones example was not intended to be literally taken but to make a figure on how easy and widespreaded is manufacturing keyboards with tactile feedback.
If the point comes to be specific, I can also be:
The first specific question (and I'm pretty sure someone at HP knows the answer up to the 2nd decimal place at least): How much will 20b production costs will rise up if manufactured with tactile feedback keyboard, instead of the current one?
The second specific question should be obvious: How much "that" increment in production costs will affect final selling price?
And even another one: Why this "differential" is *so* important to the people that take decisions at HP as to choose a poorer final product?
I'm not confident in getting the corresponding asnwers. And I understand that these answers may well be covered by "industrial secret", however; getting back to the phones example; HP could take it for good... as telecom companies sell phones below production costs in order to get a bigger share of the market...
...why not reduce some marginal profit in calculator selling, by producing a quality range of devices at "reasonable" price, in order to "recover" the share of a marked now controlled by Casio and TI?
On the personal side I'm delighted to have an HP "representation" in this forum, even though it's at unofficial level; and wholeheartedly thank your effort and contribution in order to support an open platorm like 20b is.
In my opinion the line is perfect, but the product is not, and seems I'm not the only one in thinking like that. Should this make a difference for future products improvement? Let's see.
Again, just some thougths.
Best regards from Spain, where HP-35s is $116
Edited: 15 Sept 2008, 7:10 p.m.