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post #1 of 80
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Alright Fanboi's, Apple just announced the iPad mini.




The big news here is the weight. At under .7 pounds it's going to feel a lot nicer in your hands over a long period of time. One handed operation becomes much more realistic at this size and weight.

Screen resolution is non-retina which was expected as a way to keep costs and size down. Keep in mind that 1024-by-768 should appear much crisper on the smaller screen then it does the iPad 2. Looks like we will have to wait a year or two for Retina to reach the mini.

One area I'm not happy with is the price. Starting at $329 is going to put them at a disadvantage over the cheaper Android competition. It's also not in impulse territory yet. A lot of parents will still buy these for their kids to take to school, but I can't help buy think Apple blew an opportunity to cut off and kill the competition before they can get a firm hold on the low end market.
post #2 of 80
Performance will offset the cost. Schiller did a side by side comparison with an Android device at the media event. Apple and oranges.
post #3 of 80
Nexus 7 16GB prices are dropping to $199 are this Friday when Google releases the 32GB version of the Nexus 7. That makes for a price differential of $130 or 165% between the 16GB models.
post #4 of 80
Hmm... interesting. I may like this better than my iPad.
post #5 of 80
im not buying the comparisons to the nexus tablet. yes, something that costs one and a half times as much should have superior performance.

apple has enough of a pedigree that people are going to snap this up regardless. smart move by them... if someone was expecting to pay more for a mini than a nexus before release anyways, what's an extra 50 bucks? apple fanbois have proven time and time again that not even an exorbitant pricetag will separate them from the newest iThing.
post #6 of 80
I think this will be a "loser" in the apple sense, in the long term. They made it too expensive to compete against the Kindle. They made it too big to not cannibalize the IPAD. At $529 for the 32 with WIFI, why would you step up another $200 for the regular IPAD when side by side there is not that much of a difference in size? The fanbois and teck geeks will probably get one of each but the average Joe will probably simply stay down at the IPAD mini level and never feel a need to step uo to the regular IPAD. Either way, they will both be bigger than anything HP/Microsoft/Google will bring to the market so in that sense they won, not that it was much of a contest.
post #7 of 80
I have a kindle fire. but no ipad yet. I might get this due to the form factor and skype and to have an ios device while travelling. the kindle fire is good for reading..but other than that....
post #8 of 80
quite a big difference in size.
post #9 of 80
Too expensive, and I say this as someone who has a shit-ton of Apple stuff. $250, even $275 would have been over the market, but okay given the app eco-system.

Of course, they will still sell a ton of them.
post #10 of 80
I don't even have an ipad.. seems like a waste of money if you already have an iphone?
post #11 of 80
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post

I think this will be a "loser" in the apple sense, in the long term. They made it too expensive to compete against the Kindle. They made it too big to not cannibalize the IPAD. At $529 for the 32 with WIFI, why would you step up another $200 for the regular IPAD when side by side there is not that much of a difference in size? The fanbois and teck geeks will probably get one of each but the average Joe will probably simply stay down at the IPAD mini level and never feel a need to step uo to the regular IPAD. Either way, they will both be bigger than anything HP/Microsoft/Google will bring to the market so in that sense they won, not that it was much of a contest.


I agree with most of your points, except it canablizing the iPad 3/4. High resolution displays make all the difference in the world for tablets. The mini will sell well to parents for their children and people with limited disposable income, but many will still choose the one with a richer viewing and reading experience a Retina display provides.
post #12 of 80
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Also, Aka is correct. $250 was the ideal price point. At $329 they leave too large a price gap between the Mini and a low end Fire. There will always be a consumer who is highly price sensitive and sees these devices as a toy.
post #13 of 80
You guys are WAY off base. They are clearly aiming for the educational and business markets with this. Schools will be all over this fucking thing.
post #14 of 80
It's interesting how some things have changed at Apple in only two years:

Steve Jobs Says 7-Inch Tablets Are ‘Dead on Arrival’
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/10/tablets-steve-jobs/
post #15 of 80
They should let the mini run iOS and the iPad run OSX
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