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How do I start my own tablet PC company?

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How do I start my own tablet PC company?
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The question that we'll be dealing with today in PhoneArena Knows Best is "How do I start my own tablet PC company?" Although we're all crazy about tablets in their various forms, it seems like some of the more enterprising of us are actually considering entering that business, and that's exciting! Here's the message that we got from our user Sanjeev Garg:

Hello Phonearena,
I am a management Grad, completed my degree. I am really influenced by Information technology world and i want to make a debut in that. I was thinking if opening up with a new tablet PC company. As i am a new management graduate and not the IT geek, so i don't know about it that much, could u help me how do i approach to enter the industry. I want to make my career in that field only. I'll be really thankful to you.

How much funds do i need to get started and how to influence investors.
What type of tablets are there in the industry and the Best OS to start with...i thought its android. or the upcoming metro windows OS.
If you could also help me with the profitability part.
and i would like to know about the issue companies facing with android fragmentation. what is fragmentation and how does it affect the performance of device.

Thanking You,
 Sanjeev Garg

Now, our short and very honest answer to your question, Sanjeev, is: "Unfortunately, we don't have an idea of what you need to do in order to start a company making tablet PCs." For the record, the longer version of the answer would sound something like this "Although we spend every day reporting on at least a few news stories from the tablet industry, and are really passionate about these so-called post-PC devices, we don't have an idea of what you need to do in order to start a company making tablet PCs." Still, when we think about it, we might at least be able to help you with the choice of OS. If you intend on entering the biz during the following couple of years, we think it would be wise to side with Android, since it's currently much more popular than anything else out there (except for iOS, but we have a feeling they won't let you use it...). Things will probably change sometime in the future, but at least for the next several years, Android will remain among the most popular mobile OSs, if not the most popular.

Since we realize that we weren't really of much help to you with our answer, and your questions are indeed interesting, we decided to post this story, because, you see, we're one very big family here at PhoneArena. Well, it's true that we're having our silly little arguments from time to time, but we're still a family! And some of our readers happen to be extremely knowledgeable about these things, so hopefully they will help you out with advices and valuable information.

Alright people, let's see what you have to say about this - do you know what a cool guy needs to do to start a new company making tablet PCs, besides being cool?

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posted on 17 May 2012, 09:54

1. ajmeri.morvi (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 May 2012)

hy friend i am not it and management person at all so how can u manage money and hardware i nt able to answer u bt i advise u about os,design and feature as my way of thinking, just make diff and easy with design like nokia e7 design just manage physical keyboard thats diff and people all like most, and surely android os, with long lasting battery than all other thats the unique way in tablet segment, and must support sim card.

posted on 17 May 2012, 09:58 2

2. nDray (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

You are completely mad, man! I too don't have an idea of how you could start your company, but one thing I do know: you need boatloads of money; and that will guarantee you nothing.

There's simply no space for a newborn company in this field. You should focus instead on providing services/components to tablet makers, that way you could start entering that business. But be careful, because you could also face a lot of barriers, namely in the patent fields...

(I think that by the time the investment would break even, tablets would no longer be so sought after by the public...)

posted on 17 May 2012, 11:01 2

3. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

Well no offense but it sounds like there aren't many individuals here who could gladly offer advice and support on what he's trying to attempt/achieve.

Just going to ask some questions towards Mr.Garg and maybe it could help narrow down a good resulting answer:

1 If the company is US bound, do you have any registered patented/patent pending tablet designs or utility patents?
2. Any controlling interests in software/hardware companies?
3. Any relationships with developers and engineers who are willing to partake in interest and employment?
4. Are you a wizard?
5. Do you currently have a kickstarter project or an expired one?
6. Any proposed business model or at least some tablet renderings?

Just FYI, I know nothing of the hardware/software electronic industry and these are only merely guesstimates to help START your way into forming a small business.

Good luck Sanjeev and I hope for the best!

posted on 17 May 2012, 11:26 1

4. nicholassss (Posts: 368; Member since: 10 May 2012)

Epic battery life and Android. No idea how youd go go about the business aspect but that's what I'd aim for.

posted on 18 May 2012, 06:48

7. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

Get help from Lawyer(s) for Designing Tablet.................

posted on 17 May 2012, 11:38 1

5. sinple (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

1) Persuade samsung to sell u oled display
2) persuade Samsung to sell u their quad core chips
3) ask mugen/motorola to help u built an impressive battery for tablet

those are the 3 most important factor before proceeding

posted on 17 May 2012, 16:30

6. cityeighteen (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

If you're new to the tablet business, the first thing you want to make sure of is that your product sets you apart from the rest of the market. Making an x86-based (such as with Intel Atom) Windows 8 tablet from the get-go would make a pretty bold statement.

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