Peter Kafka

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Want a Cheaper Tablet? Just Wait.

Rock-solid, take-it-to-the-bank prediction for consumer technology: It gets better, and costs less, over time.

Today’s reminder comes via the analyst team at J.P. Morgan, who predict that the average retail price for a tablet will drop 15.7 percent next year — from $529 to $446.

It’s also worth noting that 20 percent downward lurch for the current quarter. That’s due primarily to Amazon’s entry with the $200 Kindle Fire, which at the very least seems to be moving a lot of units. Apple’s lowest-priced iPad, for reference, starts at $500.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus