re: Apple iPad Mini: Pros And Cons
The only negative to this that I can see is the starting price. I'm surprised, despite an apparent pricing leak several days ago, to see at $329. While that's only 10% more than $299, the psychological movement from the $2xx level to the $3xx level will seem greater than it really is.
If Apple priced this at $249 for 16GB, they would take away almost the entire Android tablet market. But I have to assume that Apple actually wants to make a profit on these, unlike what seems to be happening with everyone else. In addition, the cost to make this, along with the usual other products costs likely didn't give Apple that room to price it lower. Maybe next year.
But to the markets they are aiming this at, it will sell pretty well. This is still $70 cheaper than what the iPad 2 was going for this year. For K-3 this will be a better product than the 10". Model, and the difference in price will induce schools to buy lots of them. They are also much less likely to get broken by small kids because of the light weight when they fall.
I also don't think that business is too interested in Android tablets at this point, and this will add to the full size tablets marketshare there.
They will sell a lot, just not as many if it were cheaper.
Just as an aside, there are over 275,000 tablet apps in Apple's App Store, not 225,000.