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Will you buy the iPad Mini?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / October 23, 2012 10:06 AM PDT
Will you buy the iPad Mini?

-- Yes, I always have to have Apple's latest.
-- Yes, it's the right size for me.
-- Yes, it's what I've been waiting for.
-- Maybe.
-- No, I already have an iPad.
-- No, I'd rather spend a little more and get the larger iPad.
-- No, not at those prices.
-- No, I prefer non-Apple tablets.
-- Other. (What is it?)
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ipad mini
by tgalusha / October 23, 2012 11:08 AM PDT

Over priced by about $100.00!

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Ipad mini price is dissappointment
by sheryl169 / October 23, 2012 11:09 AM PDT

I will probably buy the mini since I have eagerly awaited a less expensive model. I wonder if I would be better off with an ipad 2 from the apple store. There really isn't much difference in price. I was also hoping for a larger a greater selections of colors. I really miss the genius of Steve Jobs.

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maybe they will clone him
by swamprat / October 23, 2012 2:01 PM PDT

some feel Jobs was the be all do all. Well he is gone and unless he cloned self forget Jobs. You appleites will have to settle for a lesser man to come in below expectations. Apple always was an arrogant bunch anyway. Sorry they don't have a color coordinated one for you. Guess you will have to settle for the Apple pie palette. I wonder, do y'all use em or just have em for a fashion accessory to match an outfit?


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An iPad in any other size is still an iPad
by mikeman61 / October 23, 2012 11:27 AM PDT

I just would never buy an iPad regardless of size. It is still a closed environment that limits my technological curiosities to the parameters of what Apple deems acceptable. I just don't like the Apple paradigm and will never be a sucker to their monopolistic business practices.

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Just curious...
by timhood / October 23, 2012 11:43 AM PDT

"closed environment"? How is that different than Android or Windows tablets? Seems more like a perception issue.

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iTunes and AppStore = Closed to competition
by mikeman61 / October 24, 2012 2:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Just curious...

When you have to enter a credit card before you do anything with your device and then once you do you have to shop for compatible media from only their stores, to me, equals a closed environment. Maybe monopolistic is a more appropriate adjective to use.

To think that Microsoft got hit with an anti-trust for pre-loading IE with their OS seems so absurd given Apple's practices.

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umm, you have to do that with the google play market too.
by grimgraphix / October 24, 2012 4:33 AM PDT

I had to give a credit card number before I could download a free music offer.

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I guess you don't know how to use it right
by timhood / October 24, 2012 8:01 AM PDT

I've got audio and video on my (regular) iPad, none of which was purchased from the iTunes store. The iPad plays MP3 and AAC audio, which can be created with any number of free programs. In fact, I've even got music and books downloaded from Amazon that work just fine on the iPad. As for video, it's the same situation. I create/convert MP4 videos all of the time.

I'm not sure what format you want, but just because it may be different than what the iPad will play doesn't make it closed.

Besides, my point was not that the iPad is closed, since it is in the one way you failed to mention--apps--but rather that Windows and Android tablets are just as "closed". So which tablet that's not closed would you get?

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by MacMurmur_com / October 23, 2012 4:12 PM PDT

How is it a closed environment like Android OS and Windows OS? You can develop apps for free, but you of course need to pay a developers license fee for all 3 of the evil corps.

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So wrong
by Practical-Mac / October 24, 2012 9:02 AM PDT

Let see:

Choice of browsers, including Google Chrome
Choice of email and email apps, including Google Gmail
Choice of browsers that support Flash
Choice of search engines that include Google and Bing
Choice of cloud drives, including Drop Box, SkyDrive, and G Drive.

The only choice you DON'T have is PORN!!

(actually, I do want porn! Least I can see it on Safari!!!)

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Will you buy the iPad Mini?
by mnchstr / October 23, 2012 11:38 AM PDT

I will not buy ANY Apple product. Period.

The iPad was invented by Star Trek next gen, Apple just built it.

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Yeah, I wouldn't buy or own any Apple product either.
by sbill / October 23, 2012 5:23 PM PDT

No other company gives you so little and charges so much as Apple. No other company makes consumer fraud and planned obsolescence integral parts of their business model in the way Apple does. And no other company has millions of mindless sheep willing to pay vast sums of money for the "next greatest thing", when the next version is usually less than a year away, rendering the current product obsolete. And speaking of that, no other company discontinues support for old models as fast as Apple.

In every product category which Apple does business in, other companies offer much better products for a fraction of the cost. The small tablet market is no different. Other companies provide better features for a much lower price. If I was in the market for a tablet (which I'm not, as I think they're useful only as toys) then I would shop everyone else besides Apple.

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Ever build a comparable PC?
by Practical-Mac / October 24, 2012 9:05 AM PDT

I just built a PC with specs similar to an iMac.

It cost me MORE then said iMac.

Those new $400 trash computers are just that, landfill.

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I won't be getting one, but...
by timhood / October 23, 2012 11:41 AM PDT

...I'm almost certain one or more of my kids will be asking for this for Christmas.

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yes, but I will wait till they sell refurb models
by grimgraphix / October 23, 2012 4:33 PM PDT

I am thoroughly disappointed with the price, but then again it was predictable that it would start out at $300+ considering the announced prices of the iPod Touch 5th gen.

I always thought the original size was a bit unwieldy. I have held off until they came out with a smaller model anyway. I can wait a little longer till they stock factory refurbished ones in the apple store.

16 gig is a bit small for me though. I will probably get a 32 gig.

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by frediver / October 23, 2012 6:02 PM PDT

I will never purchase an Apple product after the Apple/Samsung court battles.
It is no different than GE telling Sony that they can not produce Televisions
because the cabinet looks the same and they show the same images.

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you know, I'm all about competition...
by grimgraphix / October 24, 2012 4:30 AM PDT
In reply to: No

... but when the head of the company sends emails saying "make our phones like their phones", it's pretty damned hard to not say Samsung crossed the line.

If you're gonna blame anything then blame the current patent laws.

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Typical Fanbois...
by l8rb / October 24, 2012 3:00 AM PDT

Pay hundreds of dollars for the latest version of the same thing you can buy at the grocery store for five or so...mini-pads have been out for years children... ];-}

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Apple - Really?
by TuffyTuff / October 24, 2012 9:26 AM PDT

Apple is overpriced and overrated. No matter how many different versions of the same thing they make, it's still really overkill and under-achievement. Apple is making products in China for a fraction of what they are charging Americans. Their stock is more $700 a share. That is the highest paid price for any "cult" following. It is ridiculous especially when there are so many other really comparable product out there. I have an ASUS Transformer (TF301) and I am thoroughly happy with it. Many I work with have IPads and even they cannot believe the quality, clarity, speed, and processing power of my device because they have been convinced either by rumor or peer-pressure to buy an Apple.

For many Apple users, Apple products are all they have ever owned or have bought one for the first time - what do they really know anyway?

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It seems you like your ASUS
by timhood / October 25, 2012 1:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Apple - Really?

It seems you like your ASUS, which is good. People have different expectations and needs and different products meet (or don't meet) those needs. However, if you think that ASUS wasn't assembled in China "for a fraction of what they are charging Americans," you are sorely mistaken. Further, Apple's stock price has nothing to do with anything regarding the iPad mini's prices, features, etc. It sounds like you think that because it is $700/share, that somehow adds to your belief that Apple is a "cult" following. Well, Apple could do a 10-for-1 split tomorrow and their price would be $70/share? What would that change, other than the share price and the number of shares outstanding? Nothing.

It's funny how defensive people get when they make a three or four hundred dollar purchase, as though only their decision can be the right one and everyone else is wrong. That sounds more like cult thinking to me.

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by wilsonxxl / October 24, 2012 1:14 PM PDT

The ipad mini is still a little expensive.
Nexus 7 is probably more suitable for me.

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by SCUBAbooba / October 24, 2012 11:29 PM PDT

Buy the iPad mini? I'd rather be in a fox hole.

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ipad mini
by applefans012 / October 26, 2012 12:02 PM PDT

I have asked my friend to order one. I will get it soon.

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Nexus for me - resolution, text input (Swype), price
by expatCanuck / December 8, 2012 11:51 PM PST

Based on screen resolution, portable (one-handed) text input, size and price, the iPad mini is not even a contender.

1) Resolution
Apple's pre-planned obsolescence at its finest. If the screen is smaller,
the resolution should be as good or better, in order to maximize
the viewable image.

2) Text Input
I've used the iPad (and iPad mini) keyboard. And I've used Swype. Swype easily wins.
[And please don't say, "But if you add a bluetooth keyboard ... ."
Then it's a laptop - I'd rather carry a laptop than have to juggle a device in multiple pieces.]

3) Size
The iPad mini is an 8" device. Still a little too big.
Which segues into ...

4) Price
The iPad mini costs too much for what it delivers.
I can buy a Nexus 7 with twice the RAM (32GB) and better resolution
for $80 less than the iPad.

... stepping off of soapbox ...

P.S. - I'm not an Apple hater. I think the original ipod shuffle and the 5th gen iPod nano are two of the best mp3 form factors ever), and the Pro and Air MacBooks are terrific (if spendy).
But the iPad mini is a swing & a miss.

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