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Apple iPad Mini: One Week In
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Patrick Hill
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Patrick Hill,
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11/10/2012 | 4:15:59 PM
re: Apple iPad Mini: One Week In
I went to buy iPad mini yesterday. It felt fantastic in hand. It feels so much lighter than the iPad, but one shortcoming killed it for me. Small print text on the screen is not readable. Try it for yourself. Go to the browser, select the home page for CNN (www.cnn.com). Look at the lower left where the blue jump links are. The characters are fuzzy and not readable. Then try the same in the iPad. I believe anyone who intends to browse the Internet occasionally on the mini should should avoid purchasing it, until it gets a retina display. This problem is so bad that I am amazed that this product was released! I am not sure if Jobs would have allowed this.
ANON1252187963717
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ANON1252187963717,
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11/10/2012 | 4:35:23 PM
re: Apple iPad Mini: One Week In
I've had mine for about a week as well, and it has pretty much replaced my Retina iPad. The form factor makes it much more mobile, and I've been surprised at how little I miss the larger iPad. The Mini does everything the larger one can do, only smaller. The quality difference between the two displays is a non-issue for me, since the quality of the Mini is so good. The advantages of the smaller size far outweigh the negligible difference in display quality, in my opinion. I'm lovin' it.
Ampman
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Ampman,
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11/10/2012 | 4:36:50 PM
re: Apple iPad Mini: One Week In
I don't play games anymore (I was crazy about Atari games back in the 80's, when my kids were not interested at all). My Motorola Q phone is a good phone. I'll stick with it. LOL. OTOH I use 21" display in my bed laptop (with a broken display) for internet. I don't need iPad. I have computer in virtually every room, linked by Dropbox. No need for carrying one around. iPad etc...can't do Autodesk's Inventor and other CAE programs. I refuse to put earbuds in my audiophile ears. I want to FEEL the bass, the details, the soundstage only a high-end audio system can provide (>$3K per channel, and expensive tower speakers). It's just me.
gustavoike
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gustavoike,
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11/10/2012 | 5:01:46 PM
re: Apple iPad Mini: One Week In
You know, Ampman, this is an incredibly unhelpful bit of info here. You dont comment on the article, you dont comment on the products mentioned. You seem to think people reading this article are interested in, well, you. Nope. Now if you had something interesting to say about the Mini or Nexus, maybe.
Ampman
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Ampman,
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11/10/2012 | 5:49:14 PM
re: Apple iPad Mini: One Week In
The writer never mentioned what good he has done for the world, for the society. Do iPad users make the world a better place of just enable them to grab more money for themselves?

People (fan boys) are letting their wants dominate their life, making them slaves to things, taking them away from true purpose in life. I pity them. The day they get sick and die, no eToy will save them.
nedder77
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nedder77,
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11/12/2012 | 6:05:46 PM
re: Apple iPad Mini: One Week In
What does any of that have to do with anything? You don't use tablet or see a need for a tablet int he first place, why are you commenting about a tablet?

What does tablet use have to do with doing good for society or the world?

and your fanboy comment doesn't make any sense, are your ">$3K per channel, and expensive tower speakers" going to save you when you get sick? Doesn't that makes you a slave to things? Not just to things, but to things that are more than 20 times more expensive than a simple little ipad mini.

Also, how do you go for a job and listen to music while you carry those massive tower speakers? really long extension cord or some sort of cart with car betteries chained together?

Th3SilverSurfer59
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Th3SilverSurfer59,
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11/11/2012 | 7:12:36 AM
re: Apple iPad Mini: One Week In
Agree. I care less about your "big hand" experience. I was hoping for quantitative and qualitative data for "tablet" apple brand against the android brand and the Surface. Which tablet to get? Are you going to stand apart in the crowd? Which one should "you" get? The questions that consumers WILL be making this holiday season. You also forgot to mention how the iPad mini isn't an innovation, it's just a smaller version, released as an upgrade. All have their pro's and con's but my choice so far, doesn't have an apple decal, and I don't think it will for some time..
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eyehawk,
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11/10/2012 | 4:50:49 PM
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If you went back to a 19" 720p TV from your 55" 1080p would you expect the same clarity and definition?
Well then.. what WERE you expecting?

To think you get paid for such silliness in this writing
ppirtle752
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ppirtle752,
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11/10/2012 | 4:57:17 PM
re: Apple iPad Mini: One Week In
I actually bought the Nexus 7 first. While I liked it, it didn't work with my banking app because they skimped on the camera. Only 1.2MP, while my banking app needed 2MP. Since I don't use a smartphone, I was going to use my tablet for my banking app. Since the Nexus 7 won't work with the banking app, I returned it and got an iPad mini instead.

I liked the Nexus 7 and would have kept it if they had put a decent camera on it. I do like the iPad mini, but I really hate the price. And it is a tad too wide as the reviewer said. It's overpriced by about $100. And except for the camera, I actually prefer the Nexus 7 over the Mini. Mainly because of price.

I'm happy with the iPad mini. I just wish I had an extra $100 in my pocket.
gustavoike
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gustavoike,
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11/10/2012 | 5:14:13 PM
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Big hands or not (and you know what they say about big hands Eric) I dont think the IPAD Mini is for everybody. It's meant to placate customers who are already in the Apple Ecosystem pining for a smaller IPAD. Having said that, Apple will make improvements on this model, likely will give it retina display at some point and slowly move to make it a replacement for the larger IPAD if thats what the market shows Apple it wants. It might even shrink a few millimeters to accomodate your hands and those even less well endowed. Price points will come down as well. It's a good start though, dont you think?
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CJW2,
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11/11/2012 | 6:02:13 AM
re: Apple iPad Mini: One Week In
The new Mini iPad isn't the only new tablet released this month -- the Novo 7 Flame 32GB also just launched - which offers an impressive 7 Inch tablet priced at $189 at a site called TabletSprint -- The Novo 7 Flame Android tablet is sleek and compact with a brush metal back cover and offers a 1280x800 High Resolution screen, Dual Core CPU, 32GB Memory, MicroSD portable storage, an HDMI connection to your TV with full 1080p (HD) that's great for movie downloads, a 5 megapixel Rear Camera with AF & LED Flash and a 2 MP webcam; Plus great connection - Bluetooth, WiFi, Ethernet, and options for 3G. The tablet is made by Ainol Electronics, which received a "Best Tablet of the Year" award at CNET Consumer Electronics Show 2012 - TabletSprint - also offers something pretty exciting with each tablet, an option for a free 3G/4G 500MB monthly data plan with full internet access/VoIP calling in the U.S. -- Certainly worth checking out and comparing--
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Jjmfe,
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11/11/2012 | 6:11:16 PM
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Yes, I'm in with the mini.... wish they'd of released it with retina, but I suspect that will be the first update. I would bet they won't go the full annual cycle before they release it either. Probably March or April... If they do it right after Christmas, that would piss off a lot of Christmas buyers. The only way they could get away with it so soon, would be if they did a major upgrade, processor, etc. I think it's an excellent start. I also like the slim size and fit in my hands. Works very well for me.
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dbrown48101,
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11/12/2012 | 6:04:37 PM
re: Apple iPad Mini: One Week In
I am thinking of getting the mini. How does it do with you're work programs? Catching up on work while away from work? I have enough toys already - don't need another.
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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11/12/2012 | 7:42:13 PM
re: Apple iPad Mini: One Week In
Interesting article and not at all surprising. The screen is just blah and given how excessively expensive even mini is it is nothing but a huge disappointment. Tabs that cost noticeably less have better screens and that although the screen is the most expensive part of a tablet. I think Apple just wants to stress the point that 7" tabs are just junk by selling exactly that.
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11/12/2012 | 8:12:33 PM
re: Apple iPad Mini: One Week In
I have to chuckle at this article. Every product Apple releases today is "missing something" - the camera is too weak, they ddin't add Retina, blah blah. Then, 6 months later, they release the ALL NEW iDevice, but now it has that missing feature.

It's all just Apple's way of fleecing the fanbois. Even if you want an iDevice, never buy the first one - it's obsolete before it even hit the shelves. "A fool and his money...."

I bought a 3G and I have an iPad2 - those will probably be the last two iDevices that I ever buy. the app ecosystem of Apple and Android are much closer now than they were a year ago. No reason to buy it - I don't care what is "cool and hip", I care about what is best for my money.


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