I'm totally with you, Jenn. My kids both have Kindle Fires, which they love, my husband lives on his iPad and I am not one single bit jealous. I love my Macbook laptop. Tablet form factor is too small for my liking and with my work, I'm too keyboard dependent. I also like to read a real book!
Beth, it is amazing what they pack inside. What is really amazing is what they pack in the chip. This one has a quad core CPU and a graphics processor. That is harder to see, though.
As for Apple, it will be interesting to see how they price it. In the PC realm they have always had a higher price point. Since there were no "clones" they could do that. They had some nice features, but these were often not really necessary. For two to three times the price, it is not worth it. This has limited their market share. Recently the MAC has been suffering in sales.
In the tablet market, they defined the market. On the other hand, the utility of the tablet is somewhat limited. I don't know too many who have gotten rid of their laptops when they bought a tablet. To me the smaller tablet is a good deal. I would want such a device for reading and web surfing, not much more. I know a guy who sold his iPad and kept his Kindle. He uses the Kindle to read books and it fits in the back pocket of his jeans if he needs to put it somewhere.
These tear downs are always fascinating as you get a first hand glimpse at what actually goes into these electronics devices. I's amazing how much can be packed into such small real estate considering that the footprints are getting increasingly smaller and the total packages much more streamlined. I've been reading reports that Apple is working on a smaller, sleeker iPad. Let the games begin!
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