Democratisation of technology

I don't know if you realise this, but I actulally love France a lot.

One of the things I like is the feeling French people seem to share that if one person can have access to something, then everyone ought to have access to it. You hear talk of the democratisation of things - which means the process whereby things become available to all.

Of course, this happens in various ways, but one example of French ingenuity are the French technology companies who make it their business to make cheaper, slightly less polished, more accessible versions of expensive high-tech gizmos.

Archos, for several years, have produced Android tablet computers. They aren't copies of iPads or of those Toshiba gizmos, but they cost a fraction of the price and they work pretty well.

Alcatel produce Android phones for the low-cost market.

And now Wiko. Wiko make a range of pretty decent Android smartphones in a range of sizes : the Wiko Cink at 3.5", the Wiko Cink Slim at 4", the Wiko Cink Peax at 4.5" and the Wiko Cink King at 5".

They lack the Gorilla glass and the kevlar battery covers of the equivalent Samsung or HTC phones, but they cost a quarter of the price. And they're designed, commissioned and sold by a Marseille-based company.

Well done Wiko !


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