Cisco Finally Cancels the Cius Tablet
Cisco finally pulls the plug on its tablets, the Cius, which is hardly a disappointing development for most of us. The device never has the chance to do anything meaningful and it is nevertheless another victim of dominant players in the market. The current crop of slates from Samsung, Asus, Toshiba and other manufacturers are offering more compelling features at great cost. Unfortunately, Cius is following the footsteps of the failed HP TouchPad. It appears, the Cius is overpriced and unremarkable compared to other tablets. If you don’t know until now that Cisco had a tablet, you’re forgiven; because the Cius hasn’t really been in the spotlight, since its initial unveiling.
The expensive $750 price tag; would probably convince any consumer to just choose the new iPad or other better-featured Android tablets. For a 7” Android tablet, the Cius feels unremarkable, although it is relatively capable. Cisco’s tablet uses the outdated Android 2.2.2 (Froyo) and 7” (1024 x 600) backlit display. Intel Atom Z615 Processor and 1GB of RAM are usually considered as unimpressive configuration in the tablet market. The 5Mp rear-facing camera has autofocus capability and can record 720p videos. It supports HSPA network and has a reasonable complement of ports, including microHDMI, microUSB, microSD and 3.5 mm headphone jack.