By Richi Jennings
. June 30, 2010. Something surprising from Cisco this way comes. Perhaps the company can interest you in its Android tablet for business users? The oh-so-hilariously named Cius -- or "see us." In IT Blogwatch, bloggers again resist the temptation to call it an "iPad killer."
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(CSCO) Rik Myslewski kicks us off:
The Cisco Cius was announced Tuesday at the company's Cisco Live 2010 conference. ... The seven-inch, 1.15lb ... tablet includes a front-facing 720p camera ... and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. ... The punnishly named Cius will interoperate with Cisco's gaggle of collaborative services. ... Also supports virtual desktop integration, allowing ... apps to be accessed using a [SaaS] model.. Matt Hamblen gets straight to the "killer" point:
Unlike certain Cupertinian tablets, the eight-hour battery in the Cius is "detachable and serviceable". ... 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi ... 3G wireless ... 4G upgrade will be available ... Bluetooth ... Micro-USB. ... Desktop handset-and-speakerphone [docking station] with HD audio and DisplayPort, plus USB ports, for in-office use.
The Cius ... runs the Android operating system and is sure to be compared with Apple's iPad. ... An Intel Atom 1.6-GHz processor powers [it]. Sam Diaz, too... kinda:
Cisco got the name Cius from a combination of "Ci," for the first two letters of Cisco's name, and "Us." The resulting word is a play on "see us," reflecting the tablet's videoconferencing capabilities.
Its not quite an iPad - or better yet, the iPad isnt quite this. ... Its fully interoperable with telepresence tools, offers HD video streaming, multi-party conferencing ... and the ability to produce, edit and share content stored either locally or on the cloud. Stephen Schenck sidesteps:
These are the areas where Cisco has been putting its efforts behind in recent years. ... Cius doesnt appear to be a consumer product. ... The company showcased how companies can use these devices to keep mobile workers in the loop. ... One of my earliest criticisms of the iPad was that it was trying to be everything to everyone.
While it might not be an iPad-killer, the Cius seems like a singularly-focused tablet intent on delivering high-quality video conferencing. Krishnan Subramanian is impressed... perhaps too impressed:
Cisco seems dedicated to avoiding the Cius becoming some generic jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none tablet. ... While that's going to make it stand out from the crowd ... it's also going to end up costing quite a bit more. ... If you've got the business budget for it ... you should be able to pick up a Cius early next year.
The turn around by Cisco is impressive and they are really onto something with their video strategy. ... Their new tablet strategy brings telepresence to the reach of Joes and Janes like myself and you. ... If you thought iPad was a killer gadget that revolutionized the world, wait till you have this one on your hands. But John Paczkowski? Not so much:
I think this is going to reshape business and governments all over the world. ... Unless Apple opens up big time on iOS and associated products, we can safely say that Cisco just kicked Apple out of the enterprise picture.
Ciscos making a tablet? Thats like Apple making a connected grid router. And Finally...Ignore this link; do not click here
And for heavens sake, dont transpose the vowels when youre typing; a cuis is a guinea pig-like rodent.
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