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.
Old Man, thanks for the details. So far I didnít 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.
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...
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.
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.
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!