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First Look: Cisco Cius

February 13, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
Cisco_cius_tablet.jpgFebruary 13, 2012 by Tom Henderson via NetworkWorld.com -- We had a chance to see the Cius tablet at a Cisco office in Boston, and while we weren't able to bring it back to our own lab and pound on it, we did get a pretty good feel for what the Cius is and what it isn't.

First off, Cius is not a consumer tablet. In fact, it's only available through the Cisco partner network at a price of less than $750 for the endpoint and less than $350 for the media station, for a total of under $1,100. In other words, if you're just looking to read a book on the beach, pick up a Kindle Fire for $199.

ANALYSIS: Cisco Cius is not a tablet

That's not to say you can't use the Cius for consumer-oriented functions, but to get the full benefit of Cius's rich set of collaboration and productivity features, the device needs to be connected to Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) on the backend.

We found that the Cius is a carefully thought-out video-phone/cum tablet endpoint with many best-of-breed internals, like 4G speed, and a docking station with purpose.

The Cius unit is based on Android, and the initial basic appearance was that of most other generic Android tablets. Based on our prior test of enterprise tablets, the Cius reminded us of the Fujitsu Stylist. That's where superficial comparisons end, however, as Cius's software payload, with collaborative emphasis and VoIP/conferencing accessorizing, is huge.

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