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Reaction to the introduction of the iPad mini yesterday was decidedly mixed. On the one hand, many Apple faithful praised the launch of the new tablet, which is half the weight of the third and fourth generation iPads, and can be palmed with one hand. On the other hand, many complained that it was simply a shrunken down iPad 2 with the same lackluster screen resolution. It also didn't help that many people felt that the 16GB iPad mini was overpriced at $329.
 
For example, Amazon's 7" Kindle Fire HD is priced at "only" $199, while a 32GB Google Nexus 7 will cost you $249. Even Barnes and Noble is hanging around in the budget realm with the 7" Nook HD, which is priced at $229. All of the aforementioned tablets have a higher screen resolution than the iPad mini.
 
With all the criticism of the iPad mini's pricing and specs, Apple' Phil Schiller has come to the rescue to defend Apple's newest tablet entry.

 
"The iPad is far and away the most successful product in its category. The most affordable product we've made so far was $399 and people were choosing that over those devices," said Schiller in an interview with Reuters.
 
"And now you can get a device that's even more affordable at $329 in this great new form, and I think a lot of customers are going to be very excited about that.”
 
Schiller believes that the $130 price premium over some competing tablets is worth it, and that the iPad mini will sell on its merits alone, not needing to compete on price. Apple points to the fact that the iPad mini is lighter, thinner, and has better built quality than the plastic-clad competition. And of course, Apple also points to 275,000 tablet-specific apps for the iPad platform versus a plethora of "stretched phone apps" for Android devices.
 
So, will customers buy into Apple's strategy?

Source: Reuters



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RE: ipad 4
By ritualm on 10/25/2012 3:58:44 AM , Rating: 1
There is nothing new about the iPad 3.5 - the only thing new here is a straight die-shrunk A5X chip and possibly the connector switch from 30-pin Dock to 8-pin Lightning. Meanwhile the iPad mini shrinks the iPad 2, has most of the internals of the iPhone 4S, 8-pin Lightning, and can be stuffed with an LTE radio.

Now which one is newer and more marketable?


RE: ipad 4
By testerguy on 10/25/2012 7:33:22 AM , Rating: 2
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There is nothing new about the iPad 3.5 - the only thing new here is a straight die-shrunk A5X chip and possibly the connector switch from 30-pin Dock to 8-pin Lightning. Meanwhile the iPad mini shrinks the iPad 2, has most of the internals of the iPhone 4S, 8-pin Lightning, and can be stuffed with an LTE radio.


The iPad 3 was already twice as fast as any Android tablet available right now.

The new processor in the iPad 4 is the A6X, not the A5X. It offers twice the performance of the A5X for no extra cost to the customer. That translates to 4x faster than any Android tablet right now. That's massively significant.

The iPad Mini uses internal components of the iPad 2 (reduced in size), not the iPhone 4S, which is why its performance is bettered in the whole tablet market only by the iPad 3 and 4.


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