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5ivedom
Posts: 3,544
Registered: ‎12-03-2011

Re: ipad mini specs, intro

Doncr,

 

I think that's an intelligent suggestion. While it's unlikely iPad Mini won't sell, it would look really bad for Apple and its whole 'iPad Mini is better than everything else' schtick if something like the rumored $99 Google Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD or the Nook HD sold more, or if they combined sold a lot more.

 

Strategically it doesn't make sense. Does Apple not realize that with a $249 Mini they could have really, really slowed down momentum for all 7" Tablet makers?

 

I think Apple is underestimating the impact of these 7" Tablets. It leads to developers having other viable markets. Right now iPhone and iPad are the only good markets for people who want to make apps for mobile devices.

 

With Windows 8 and the 'pressure' by Microsoft to make apps that work on both desktop and Windows 8 Tablets, there's a chance Windows 8 ecosystem becomes strong.

 

With the rise of Nexus 7 and Nook and Kindle Fire, developers get three small ecosystems where they can sell Android Tablets.

If these ecosystems keep growing, and with a $329 iPad Mini that's almost guaranteed, then we have two dangerous possibilities -

 

1) One of the three Tablet ecosystems becomes large enough to support developers.

 

2) The three combined are enough to support developers.

 

Now to that add the fact that developers aren't really very happy that to make apps for Apple you have to jump through hoops like - buy an Apple computer, learn a special language, follow all of Apple's rules.

 

You have the recipe for disaster.

 

It's strange that on one hand Apple is touting 275K iPad specific apps as one of the biggest selling points.

And at the same time it's putting in a price ($329) that allows other Tablets to thrive and thus get a chance to build up a viable ecosystem of their own.

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babzilla41
Posts: 252
Registered: ‎05-04-2009
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Re: ipad mini specs, intro

I'm sorry to be ignorant and have to ask this question:  can you read the ipad mini outside without the glare issues that you have with regular ipad?  (is it e-ink or paperwhite or whatever?)

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keriflur
Posts: 6,868
Registered: ‎01-05-2010

Re: ipad mini specs, intro


babzilla41 wrote:

I'm sorry to be ignorant and have to ask this question:  can you read the ipad mini outside without the glare issues that you have with regular ipad?  (is it e-ink or paperwhite or whatever?)


Nope, it's a regular, backlit screen, same as the other iProducts.

 

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Irishelf
Posts: 242
Registered: ‎07-20-2011
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Re: ipad mini specs, intro

From what I've seen on the specs, the ipad mini would still be a better buy than the Nook HD.  The only things better on the Nook HD are availability to use SD card and better resolution.  However, the ipad mini has a faster processor, has a camera, has access to a heck of a lot more apps, has a 4g version (costs more) and is much more visually impaired friendly.  Plus, from my experiences with products from both Apple and Nook, Apple products are much more reliable.  I have had problems with the NC and no problems with the ipod, even though I've had the ipod longer than the Nook!  And Apple products batteries are replacable.  I bet the new Nook HD's battery is not.

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patgolfneb
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Registered: ‎09-10-2011
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Re: ipad mini specs, intro

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The batteries on Apple's computer products including tablets are not replaceable by the consumer. The processors are comparable. I wonder why the higher resolution and lower weight isn't an advantage, for someone visually impaired, especially on the HD +? When you add the SD card and significantly lower price the BN products are very competitive. You are giving up the cameras, gps, and the Apple store, but since the screen, the most expensive component, is better, it seems a fair trade off. And of course the nooks are $100.00 less for equivalent memory.
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5ivedom
Posts: 3,544
Registered: ‎12-03-2011

Re: ipad mini specs, intro

You miss out an important thing - buyer's remorse.

 

Nook HD 2 won't be out until November 2013. Gives you one year to have the newest nook and enjoy.

 

iPad Mini 2 will be out by April 2013 when Apple realizes it needs a better screen and a lower price. So in 4-5 months you'll have a non-retina screen $329 iPad Mini in your hands while other people will be buying a $299 iPad Mini 2 with a Retina screen and other improvements.

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Irishelf
Posts: 242
Registered: ‎07-20-2011
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Re: ipad mini specs, intro

ipads have many tools for the visually impaired that Nooks don't have including text to speech. Plus shopping for books is easier.
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LectorGS
Posts: 466
Registered: ‎04-19-2011
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Re: ipad mini specs, intro

@Irishelf

 

Life is a matter of choices.  You should go ahead and buy your ipad mini and let those who wish to buy a Nook HD or HD+ do so.  

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moogs
Posts: 130
Registered: ‎04-12-2011

Re: ipad mini specs, intro

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Too bad...

 

slower processor

 

Sub retina screen res( once you read on retina you aren't going back to fuzzy type)

 

no additional storage 

 

cost out of line with features

 

It appears that they were more concerned with canabalizing the regular size iPad market and decided to put out a truly inferior tablet ( by apple standards also). I'll stick with the iPad 3 for home use and the nook hd for traveling.

 

 

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5ivedom
Posts: 3,544
Registered: ‎12-03-2011

Re: ipad mini specs, intro

Moogs, you hit the nail on the head:

 

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It appears that they were more concerned with canabalizing the regular size iPad market and decided to put out a truly inferior tablet ( by apple standards also). I'll stick with the iPad 3 for home use and the nook hd for traveling.

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This is the equivalent of them releasing the iPhone with no speakers and no music support to avoid cannibalizing the iPod.

 

It seems their first priority was - Make the iPad seem even better.