Earlier this month, Control4 revealed its new dedicated portable touchscreen with a retail price of about one thousand dollars. The news was met with mixed reviews and a lot of comparisons with Apple’s iPad, whose top of the line models sell for around eight hundred bucks. Many wondered what could possibly make Control4’s touchscreen worth more than the current leader of the tablet wars.
Some argue that its charm lie in not doing everything the iPad can do and simply being a reliable way to control your home automation system, but does that warrant the price.
Today, over at CEPro, there’s some speculation that two-way video communication may be Control4’s key benefit over the iPad. Of course, Apple has Facetime, but as Julie Jacobson notes in the comments section on CEPro, “The trouble with Facetime is that it doesn’t automatically come up when the doorbell rings.”
That’s a neat feature, but the question still remains: is it worth it? A lot of our customers already own iPads, and it’s hard to imagine them paying an extra thousand dollars just to see who’s at the front door. Even if you have the money, will people want another portable gadget to carry around? And if the touchscreen isn’t always on hand, what’s the point? Perhaps things will be come clearer as more details about the device are released.