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Slideshow: Apple iPad Mini Teardown
11/6/2012

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Using the heat gun to soften the adhesive around the touchscreen.
Using the heat gun to soften the adhesive around the touchscreen.

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rdelaplaza
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Re: Far too expensive
rdelaplaza   3/18/2013 1:15:57 PM
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There is a public for EVERYTHING

Either if they make supository size gadgets or put wheels on them to be able to carry the gadget

There will ALWAYS be gadgetholics that will buy them

DaveSD
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Far too expensive
DaveSD   1/12/2013 11:02:39 AM
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While the larger iPad could boast of a sharper display than its competitors, the smaller one has much stiffer competition with clearer displays and 60% of the cost. And Steve Jobs "vision" is correct in that many phones have screen sizes that are close enough to the mini so that having one is redundant.

 

Sadly, few people really research before spending their hard-earned money. Both the iPad mini and iPhone are well behind, technology-wise, yet command much higher profit margins than their competitors. Mercedes was in the same position, many years ago, before Lexus came to be.

 

 

phillman5
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Re: Surprised by the price tag
phillman5   11/12/2012 3:05:16 PM
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>>I will say, however, that I do my daily work on a MacBook Pro and I wouldn't trade it for the world. My one complaint - I wish it ran Flash!

 

Huh?  MacBook Pro can run Flash!

Mydesign
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Re: Not worth it.
Mydesign   11/12/2012 12:11:34 AM
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Old Man, thanks for the details. So far I didn’t know that Apple products are coming in a sealed condition and we cannot open it. Am using Samsung tab and it can be open with a little effort, I mean they are not taped each other.

Charles Murray
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Re: Not worth it.
Charles Murray   11/8/2012 6:37:08 PM
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I agree with you wholeheartedly, Old Man. It's amazing to see how something at the high end of the price spectrum is expected to be disposable.

Old Man
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Re: Not worth it.
Old Man   11/8/2012 1:44:48 PM
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That reminds me of a recent sales encounter at a cell phone retailer where my wife got her new Iphone.  The salesman said, 'you will drop this at some point and it will break, because they always do, so get the insurance'.  My wife then asked about insuring my droid phone, he said, 'Those never break, insurance is a rip off for them.'

Edge to edge glass?  Yes it looks pretty and passes the asthetics test, but if you ever drop it...

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Not worth it.
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   11/8/2012 12:38:02 PM
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I share your opinion about Apple packaging and have said the same thing ever since I saw my first iPhone-1 tear down, circa 2004.  Double-side adhesives and (20+) #0 screws, they are a nightmare. Plus, they don't design for even one hard drop on concrete.  One slip, and its cracked.

On the contrary, I do admire Apple's ability to keep their secrets. Historically, they do not un-veil new products until the day of availability; a dramatic contrast to other electronics OEMs who think early announcements help test marketability.  That backfired on Motorola literally dozens of times.

Old Man
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Re: Not worth it.
Old Man   11/8/2012 9:37:14 AM
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I guess what I'm saying is that I expect something at the high end of the price spectrum to not be disposable.  I would expect competing off brand products with similar specs that cost ~$99 to be disposable.

Charles Murray
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Re: Not worth it.
Charles Murray   11/7/2012 6:47:28 PM
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We live in a disposable world now.

Old Man
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Not worth it.
Old Man   11/7/2012 10:09:25 AM
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I have serious problems with the way Apple designs their portable projects as non-repairable throw away devices at sky high prices!  A heat gun needed to open the case?  Seriously?  What are the chances you could open it up, replace the battery, and put it back together in reasonable condition? 

Apple is obsessed with double sided sticky tape and adhesives.  AND to get more storage space, instead of buying a $10 SD card, you must pony up the extra $100+ for the next higher model.  Why anyone would pay that much more to get something inferior to its competitors is beyond me!

To quote a favorite movie:

"Mugatu is so hot right now he could take a crap, wrap it in tinfoil, put a couple fish hooks on it and sell it to Queen Elizabeth as earrings. -Maury Ballstein" -Zoolander

As an engineer, that is how I feel about apple products!

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