May 28, 2012, 11:23 AM —
Remember the Cisco Cius, a 7 inch Android tablet optimized for business use? Neither does your purchasing agent, and Cisco is burying their mistake.
Technically, Cisco announced "no further enhancements will be made to the current Cius endpoint," in a blog posting, says The Register. Leave it to Cisco to call a tablet an "endpoint" and make the marketing chore even harder.
Reasons for saying goodbye to Cius include the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement popular in many companies now, the high price for the Cisco tablet, er, endpoint, and the poor performance. The main reason? Any tablet not named iPad still has a steep uphill battle, and Cisco's lack of a consumer market, coupled with muddled Cius marketing, doomed the device from the beginning.
You have to see one these things in person to understand just how bad it really is.
Divergent Trend on gigaom.com
What seemed interesting about the Cius was that it was a radical new take on the office phone, a way to keep it relevant when other mobile telephony devices were really starting to take off.
Matt Eagar on gigaom.com
iPad for the win
And yes, mine IS shinier than yours, the new iPad.
Anonymous Coward on theregister.co.uk
They thought it would be a slam dunk to compete with the iPad. After all, the iPad is “easy” to copy right? Just slap Android onto it and “presto” you have the tablet clone. Ha ha, see you later Cisco.
Eddie on gigaom.com
Tablet failure, killing the Flip video camera: when will Cisco learn to stay out of consumer items?