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Toshiba tablet site jabs iPad, iPhone users' lack of Flash

updated 06:30 pm EST, Fri January 21, 2011

Toshiba Android 3 tablet site hits iPad on Flash

A discovery on the teaser page for Toshiba's future Tegra 2 tablet has shown that Toshiba is actively chastizing iPad and iPhone users that visit the site. Anyone using iOS is told that it's "such a shame" they couldn't see the Flash page. Rather than present an alternate version, the page simply notes that Android 3.0 would have let them see the Flash presentation as it was originally planned.

"Add this to the list of interesting places on the Internet you can't see on your device," Toshiba said. "Of course, if you had a Toshiba Tablet, you would enjoy the entire Internet. Yep, Flash sites too."

The slap at iPad owners carries a degree of irony as Toshiba has had trouble launching its own tablets. Its first tablet, the Folio 100, shipped without Flash and encountered enough severe hardware and software issues that it was pulled from UK store shelves after complaints from buyers. A major patch released weeks later cleared up most but not all of the problems. Its sequel, the Android 3.0 tablet, won't ship until June and can't offer the Flash experience at all for roughly five more months.

The company also sidestepped solutions that could have let iOS users still access the page and get some or all of the same features, such as by using HTML5. Other tablets that will ship before the Toshiba tablet, including the Motorola Xoom, have product pages that can be seen without having to use Flash.

Many of the technical advantages of Toshiba's device will also come earlier, such as a dual-core processor, 1080p video and dual cameras. These could now include the next iPad. [via AllThingsD]

By Electronista Staff


  1. pairof9s

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    Joined: Jan 2008


    Oh, really...

    ...and where exactly is that Android 3.0 tablet for me to see the Flash page?!


  1. chefpastry

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    Joined: Nov 2005


    Toshiba's site

    I'd like to see them do that to the entire Toshiba site. Deny access to iOS users. I dare them.

  1. global.philosopher

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    Thank you Toshiba...

    just added it to the list of sites never to bother visiting again.

    If only it was that easy to avoid all the sites that are riddled with Flash-based advertisements.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Toshiba ...

    Can't remember if that's Japanese for "tablet still coming soon" or "toilet bowl." Or both.

  1. mjtomlin

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    Pretty Stupid

    That's just dumb. What marketing moron thought this was a good idea?

    "Hey, how about we make our web site incompatible to those users who are already "tuned" into the whole tablet craze? That way, we'll never be able to persuade or convince them to use our products or that they might be better!"

    Dumb, dumb, dumb!

  1. Spacemoose

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    Very good marketing.

    Who's going to be buying their product? Certainly not anybody who has ever enjoyed an iOS experience.

    Their market is Android-philes and Apple-haters. The page is good marketing.

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  1. midtoad

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    Right on!

    The emperor has no clothes and doesn't want to notice it!

    I own an iPad and use it every day. It's my most-used imputing device. And I can tell, I'm getting darned tired of not being able to see content I want to see - and I don't mean ads, or games. I get lots of links to videos, and half the time I can't view them. I even bought Skyfire to try to deal with this, and many times it just tells me "sorry, you can't view this on a mobile device"', which I assume means that it uses an audio or video codec that Apple doesn't support. The iPad and the iPhone are broken, let's just admit it.

    Apple will fix this problem just as soon as the market starts buying alternative tablets en masse. So bring them on!

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  1. wrenchy

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    a funny ad.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    comment title

    Hah. It shows you how bad a company is when there last resort is using viruses like Flash to attempt to make their product look good. Lets hope that CDMA iPad crushes any hope Assdroid has at succeeding on tablets, too.

  1. Fast iBook

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    Lack of flash?

    More like lack of crash. My iPhone 4 has yet to crash...

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