Apple clearing out original iPads – as low as $299
While that may not seem like a huge discount at first glance, it is 25% off and, remember, Apple is the company whose idea of a Black Friday sale is a whole $41 off a $500 iPad. Also, Apple refurbished products come in new shells and carry the same 1-year warranty that a new product gets, so if you’re looking to get into your first iPad on the cheap, it’s a decent deal.
1. quakan (Posts: 1252; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
The sad part is apple can get away with selling the OG iPad for $300 while other companies can only max out at $300 for a new 2012 tablet (loaded with the latest features) and still struggle to sell it. Apple is just simply dominate in the tablet market.
2. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
The original iPad should be phase out. I don't know how it would be. Suppose you go to Apple store and want the new iPad but you forgot to mention the new one and just say you want an iPad. Now if the salesperson doesn't ask you whether it is old or new one then you're screw.
3. quakan (Posts: 1252; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
If you go in store to purchase an iPad, more than likely you have in mind which one you want so it wouldn't be that hard to get the one you want. Also, I doubt an employee isn't going to ask you which one you want before he/she heads into the back to grab one for you. If you go up to an employee and say, "Hey, I want an iPad" why don't you think he/she wouldn't ask, "Which one would you like?"
Edit: Also why phase it out if you have customers willing to purchase it and it still gets support from Apple?
4. bvalde09 (Posts: 174; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I want an Ipad but prices are to expensive. I could get other tablets cheaper than that. I would like to get one but I wouldnt buy a 2010 model for 300.00 thats expensive. They should be given at a 250 tops. Lets face it those are no new they are refurbished. Apple already squeeze out all the money they could get from that model and they still want to squeeze some more money.
Lets face it. Apple pricing sucks
5. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
for only 300 bux, you can have a cheap ipad with no camera, crappy screen, single core, and even less.
yet for 300 on android you can have yourself a monster of a tablet that does a hell of a lot more. why do people encourage apple's pricing by buying that crap? geesh.
6. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Agreed, for $300 I'd consider signing a contract with AT&T for the Galaxy Note which 'DOES' everything crApPad doesn't.
11. frydaexiii (Posts: 1268; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
"Because it's Apple." is most of the answers you'd get. It might be old but it's still show-offable.
13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3045; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Yea at Best Buy you can get a used Motorola Xoom for just 30 dollars more than this. Better larger screen, dual core processor, 32gb vs 16gb, and of course Android is the way to go anyway.
18. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
because that ipad has a crapload more apps than android.. and on a tablet, the ios has a way better user experience at the moment… tablets need more connectivity to other devices than anything else, and apple ecosystems are supreme at that… i think android has the potential to grow (as i see ios as a stable 30-40% marketshare) as long as windows doesnt come quickly… they really just need better apps and a more centralized campaign… cause everybody knows the ipad is apple, but a lot of people dont know android manufacturers.. i think google should make it mandatory for a unified 5 second android logo-commericial to be a part of any manufacturers commercial-- it would created a larger identity for android
7. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Again another striking good points!
8. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
I wonder how windows 8 tablet will do and the experience it will deliver
10. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the bulk of windows8 should look and run like WP7, with a seperate windows7 style desktop mode built in. I really hope it works well as I could use a tablet with real PC functionality, not just these over sized smartphones that are the vast majority of the current market.
19. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
do u really think a tablet would be as productive as say a laptop? just curious because personally i can't work nearly as well on a tablet
21. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
windows 8 is suppose to have the same functionality you would get from a laptop
9. Slammer (Posts: 1279; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
The reasoning behind Apple's successful sales, is the fact that people continue to buy it.
I just don't get this generation. My generation purchased products that offerered decent quality and more for our money. This generation is motivated by status.
I just approached my Nephew the other day and pointed out how much more my Sister's ASUS could do at much faster speeds over his iPad2. He said he didn't care. It's an iPad.
Great argument. It really breaks down the logic. As it stands, the competition is quite in tune with what the iPad is doing. So, they are pulling out all the stops and concentrating on quality and offerings. Yet, because it doesn't have a bitten Apple, people won't purchase it. These people are not realizing what they are possibly missing out on. Apple releases this "New iPad" and it is on the verge of being outdated already by the others.
I don't know about everyone here, but I want more for my money. That is how computers have always been judged. Apple has successfully planted that you should pay more for less.
12. frydaexiii (Posts: 1268; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Exactly, the worst part about it is last time, people clearly saw that OSX was a functionless piece of crap that doesn't have a place in the IT world. And god know when it happened but somehow people got dumber and somehow equated less functions to simple to use. And that really gets to me. and it only got worst as years went by and suddenly the close to functionless iOS became a norm and anything that has more functions is complicated.
14. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
people continue to buy it b/c its not only status that draws people to it. apple has a reputation of being a solid, reliable brand. that's what keeps people coming back. 25 billion strong apps & not one report has been made that an app causes an issue with the software. android loyalists always approach the apple conversation from the angle of what apple is lacking without looking at what it does well. reliability & functionality trumps features with any thing. its the same concept with televisions, cars, etc. i'm not sure why people are so perplexed by this. but then again, i'm not biased...which i think a lot of android users don't understand the bigger picture b/c they can't see beyond their own screen of bias. what people define as "more for their money" holds a different definition for everyone.
apple created a household name w/the iPod. so pretty much from there if you put an "i" in front anything now people will buy it b/c it all started with a device which revolutionized how we accessed and utilized music. if you recall there were various types of mp3 players that did what an iPod did but wasn't as successful and mostly viewed as knock offs. its almost the same concept as with the tablets. android's problem is that they have created a software that appeals to only a certain user. apple's success is that they created a software that appeals to most everyone. android users throw cheap shots at apple b/c the reality is that there's nothing else that can be said. the momentum is obviously there & doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon for reasons that are beyond the "apple is for dummies" theory.
15. frydaexiii (Posts: 1268; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
The problem is that
1) It's not simple, it's dumbed down.
2) They are charging a premium price for something that's dumbed down.
for point 1, consider a manual car, an auto car and an arcade racing car game(I know, horrible analogy but bear with me). An auto car is a simple version of a manual car. It does almost everything a manual car can do in a more simple and efficient way. An arcade racing car game is similar to an manual and auto car and gives similar experience (driving), but it is basically a dumbed down version of cars in general, it can't move, it hardly has any "gears", perhaps only 3 for gameplay sake and it's only for fun, you can't use it to get anywhere. An arcade racing car game last longer too and is safer because obviously, it won't get into car accidents because it doesn't move in the first place. and since it's so safe and simple, everyone can drive it
Same with Android and iOS. Say Android is the manual car (since everyone finds both complicated lol), iOS is more of a racing arcade game than an auto car. It gives a similar experience (They're both phone OSs), it can hardly do anything but launch apps and is only for fun, since it's practically impossible to do anything productive with it since it's tied to iTunes. And like stated above, nothing ever goes wrong with it because it can't do anything in the first place. and since it's been dumbed down so much that it's impossible to screw up, of couse everyone can use it, even babies!
for point 2, Imagine it cost 50k to buy a manual car and 51k to buy a racing arcade game console. The game should obviously not even cost the same as the manual car, much less more. That's what Apple is doing, they're charging a premium price for their products not being able to do anything. They say it doesn't crash, duh, you hardly give the user anything to change, how can it screw up? They say it doesn't lag, of course, the user can't even do anything that will cause it to lag.
I have no idea what's happening to the world or how dumb people have become but imagine, a world where arcade car consoles cost as much as a real car, and worst? everyone is opting to buy a arcade car console instead since "It's so much safer, I won't get into car accidents." & "It's so simple, it only has 3 gears to change between." & "Even my 3 year old child can learn it and not get hurt, it's obviously better.". In the end you'll never learn to really drive because everyone who owns a arcade car console thinks they can drive since it has become the norm and anyone who can drive a real vehicle is either an idiot or can't afford a car console since they're more expensive than real cars.
That's what's going on in the IT world now. and as a guy who's still in school studying programming and stuff like that for the IT world soon, I just can't stand that one day, I'm going to have to make programs that are dumbed down so much, just to appeal to the people who have by then become technological idiots...
16. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
thats not true at all. there are tons of issues with app compatibilities. its also not immune to slow downs and freezing either. the big difference between android and iOS, is that on android updates are automatic. when an OS update is ready your phone lets u know and does it for you.. when an app update is ready, it just updates itself in the background. Neither one of those things happen on iOS. So it has to count on the user being educated enough to check for OS updates and manually download app updates. Thats a paradox considering one of its largest user groups get it because its supposed to be "simple" that non computer literate people want to use it... That also makes for quite a few app issues.
20. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
oh so now we are bashing apple for giving a choice? ironic…
and the reason is because apps are password protected for buying them… and not that android is bad because of it, but its apple's appeal to be reliable-- it just fits into the general model
and thank god it doesnt update the os automatically! i would be so pissed if all my jailbreak stuff just went away…
17. Slammer (Posts: 1279; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
----" people continue to buy it b/c its not only status that draws people to it. apple has a reputation of being a solid, reliable brand."----
Apple has been around for 30 years and has always had a reputation for being simple and reliable. People didn't buy into it because Apple's simplicity and reliability came with a compromise. Sound familiar? Yes. Their DNA has not changed. The compromise is still there.
What has changed, is that Steve Jobs' ability to eloquently market the product to the point of saturation. Sheeple marketing if you will. His tenure at the helm of Apple was not just to sell Apple to the masses, but to also discredit Android as a competitor. Is Android's stability really far below Apple's "seemingly perfect" OS, or is it that individuals perceive it as such?
Both OS' in their unmodified state are arguably very stable platforms. The issue comes into play when Android's customization allows individuals create their own mistakes or should I say; viral infections.
Again, does this sound familiar? Yes. Windows. People learn from trial and error of what and what not to download. Apple does not give society that ability unless individuals modify the OS. At this point, Apple's OS is breached and fragmentation becomes imminent.
It's all relevent to how Apple markets their product and how people buy into it.