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.
The things that he pulled together remain astonishing and have been the subject of design theft and have greatly altered the computing world.
His products are beautiful and to me the mini is even better than the the big pad.
I think that it's a far better package and when the rumored retina mini comes out in several months it will be a stunner.
The mini essentially provides an 8.5 x 11" display and would be great for the school environment including the fact that it can fit in the cargo pockets of some pants.
It is a beautiful reader and clearly shows an awful lot of thought in it's design.
And a special thing is that the i41CX+ will only run on iOS machines. Some of you are too young to appreciate this but HP's 41CX also altered the computing world and this enhanced version is incredible.
That is the tiny machine that we should be using to teach the kids with.
I do think that Apple will be forced to make a iPhone magnum which like the Galaxy III will have Mario sounds and flashing lights and touch transfers. And provide the software to allow the teacher to gather and read the work of all of the students in the class to make sure that they are on point and getting the points.
Steve has brought us a wonderful world and it is interesting to watch people hack at him with vicious personal attacks who by no means have vision as powerful as his remains.
Tim and Johnny are a great team and they should be pushing the education market like crazy and I don't get a sense that they are.
And there are some wonderful apps that they have not yet produced that need to be out there. If they can visualize them then they will remain on top. If not, it'll be like the Old Soldier and just fade awary.
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.
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.
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