Third, the Cius is really a specialty product meant to promote Cisco videoconferencing, which means it is not likely to be a useful tablet for most people. The very idea that you'll want a tablet optimized for one company's videoconferencing products (WebEx and the superpricey TelePresence service) is, well, strange. Why would a company pay $750 plus thousands of dollars more for the management software and $400 or so per user for the PBX dock for Cisco-specific tablets when it could get the larger-screen (10 inches versus 7) iPad 2 or Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets for less and be able to use WebEx and competing videoconferencing services, as well as a whole gamut of tablet apps?
Maybe if you're an all-Cisco environment that has invested in the conferencing backbone and management tools, you're willing to spend $1,150 per user for what is essentially a video phone, but even then I doubt it. The disaster that is the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook should be a warning to any company that tries to use tablets as captive extensions to their proprietary technology.
I hope my skepticism is unwarranted. But I've seen this script play out many times before, and the ending is usually not good. Before you get excited about the Cius, wait to see what it actually is and does and what it really costs.
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