[quote]Quote from reiuyi on December 18, 2011, 19:57
Your forum topic has the title \"50$ tablet\", yet your posts talks about something that costs €72 excluding import tax. Do you realize this tablet costs >125$ once you finally have it in your hands? That\'s 5 times the costs of a raspberry pi.
You did not read my post carefully : i said \"in a year\", yet you can have now
a ROCKCHIP RK2808 400MHZ for 47€ (shipping from Hong Kong included and import taxes refunded if customs get their hands on your parcel )
and 60 € will get you this : [quote]7\" NETBOOK A702 VIA8650 800MHZ ANDROID 2.2 2GB MEMORY 256 MB DDR2 RAM WIFI [/quote]
http://hongkongeek.com/tablette-mid/363 ... -rj45.html
and that\'s including shipping and profit for both manufacturer and retaile
r ! This is similar to Raspi B, powerwise.
Now just imagine what is the cost of the motherboard alone, as touchscreen, battery, wifi chipset, webcam, G sensor have the bigger share of the cost .
[quote]The team has said it many times before; one of the objectives of the Raspberry Pi is to stimulate the UK IT industry and to provide better educational means. To achieve the former objective, nearly all of the work (including PCB-printing, some bits assembly by hand) is done in Great Britain, thus stimulating the IT market.
That is all to their honor, but even 10000s boards wil not increase British GDP very much ! [quote]
(very off-topic) One of the possible reason the EU and USA are currently in a financial crisis is because companies sought out cheaper means of getting their (electronic) products made. This model is based on individual gain and makes a profit for the Chinese and for the company selling it. It may appear good for the Western society; yet at the same time this model stimulates a net outflow of money. You will probably understand a net outflow is not sustainable in the long run. Read up on macroeconomics to understand why it is good for the UK that the Raspberry Pi is produced in the UK and not in China. After all, import tax was introduced partly to stimulate production in the EU itself (to protect our own economies). Until a couple of decades ago, nearly every (electronic) device was produced in Europe. I remember owning many radio amplifiers and speakers made in Britain, many cameras and lenses made in Japan and light bulbs made in Holland. Companies gave ALL these jobs away to low-wage countries. We\'re talking about millions of jobs being lost due to individual gain[/quote]
Fully agreed, but that was just Globalization Part one, now wages are rising very rapidly in China, in less than 10 years they will be no more competive, that has already begun for some products (textile, garement, wich are outsourced to India or Bangladesh).
Still, China is much more poorer than UK, can we refuse developpment of poor nations while we are much more affluent ?