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Smaller lines spotted for the launch of the Apple iPad mini

0. phoneArena 02 Nov 2012, 17:18 posted on

Apple rolled out the new 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini on Friday and early indications are that the lines at locations around the world from Hong Kong to Australia and Japan have been smaller than the lines seen for other Apple product launches...

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posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:24 2

1. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


when long lines haters were calling it dumb to wait in line and now thethe consumers wise up and preorder , the haters will is selling more and that Apple is dying...

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:29

6. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


And don't any of y'all even think about daring to write a response to comment I and get MY 1st comment down!!!!

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:23 35

19. Droiddoes (unregistered)


Does that post come in English by chance?

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:27 4

20. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Hmm, had to translate some of the post - no hate - point is that it is absurd to wait in line - especially for a device that is inferior to other 7-ish inch tablets - I have the N7 and I did not get in line for it or order online from a site where I was told the wait time was 3 weeks. Walmart had it available. The last time I waited for anything, if you call it that, is getting the Mario DS pack at Target 3 years ago.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:22 3

35. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


True. next year, I will camp in front of samsung's store foe the s4..
I actually thought that the ipad 4 and the ipad mini are the same. Who knew?

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 21:16

50. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


why camp? You will be able to get it soon...

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:19 7

33. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Launch day lines are a thing of the past. We saw this starting with the release of the iPhone 4S and the new iPad. Most people order their iDevice online and Apple provides most of their stock to those people. PhoneArena posted something similar with the release of the new iPad because there weren't longer lines on launch day. People speculated Apple just wasn't selling as many. The new iPad went on to break records. It's because people are pre-ordering.

Still, I don't think the iPad mini is going to break records. It's just a different kind of iPad you can buy, but it's nothing to write home about.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 20:35 4

47. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1204; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I've always ordered my smartphones online, going back to the Droid Incredible. The only times I've ever waited in line is movies or concerts. I'd just feel stupid waiting in line for a piece of electronics. Might as well pick up a pocket protector while I'm at it. But that's just me.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 23:44

52. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5531; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Plus... what is available now is only the WiFi edition Mini. LTE editions don't go on sale until mid-November. So, if you were wanting a LTE edition Mini, you won't be anywheres near an Apple store.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 01:50

53. quakan (Posts: 1140; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


"Launch day lines are a thing of the past".

If only the same could be said about an Air Jordan release date. Every year we hear the same robbed, shot, stabbed, riot stories over them. I, on the other hand, choose to stay in and avoid the madness.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 13:31 1

56. darkkjedii (Posts: 10119; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Jeff here n Vegas they're still crazy long, I guess bcuz of the huge amount of tourists.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 23:22 2

51. rusticguy (Posts: 2819; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Looks like Apple customers worldover got this sudden enlightenment that they staretd pre-ordering instead of getting that "Cool" feeling by camping ... great move forward indeed :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:25 25

2. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Seriously? People almost killed each other just for a phone that sucks anyway?
How did humanity class drop so low that's so sad. :(

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:56 11

16. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


Liking apple products is like being in a cult. People are crazy about it. Bill Maher had a good joke about it. He said the economy isn't that bad cause at the mall hundreds of people are lined up to buy a product they don't need because they have something that's just like it already.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:02 13

18. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Easy. 750 people lined up for the 5th ave Apple store right after a hurricane just came by. There isn't power less than 3 miles south, flooding within 2 more miles after that, and homes destroyed within 20 miles radius. But that's okay, they have an iPad mini, the biggest piece of sh*t people are calling innovation.
ALL HAIL APPLE. ALL HAIL APPLE.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:28 5

21. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Great thinking - lets buy a tablet right after a natural disaster occurs - a bunch of iZombs...

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:39 8

24. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


That's capitalism at its finest. People lost their homes and family members due to the terrible disaster, but their number one priority is getting an iPad mini. If you have that much time to waste standing in line for a device you can get anytime you want, why not go help somebody who is in need.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:49 1

26. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Lol you act like it's Apples fault people really want there products so badly. I bet if the Nexus 10 was released today you would be standing out there too.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:01 3

29. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


I'm not saying anything about Apple. I'm just speaking of people's mentality. And you are wrong. I would never stand in line for any Nexus device. I would just get it from the Play Store and have it shipped to me. Honestly, I wouldn't stand in line for any device. I don't really like being an early adopter. I rather other people use it and tell me if there are any issues before I spend my own money.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:39 2

36. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


I don't know where you got me blaming Apple from but I'm sorry to tell you that you have a reading problem.
Have you considered ESL 102 to refine your skills? Doesn't seem like 101 helped.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:25 4

3. blingblingthing (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Shorter lines, reduced stock, strategic firings ? Is this blood in the water guys?

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:25 1

4. pongkie (Posts: 493; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


ouch!! then that device is expected to sell more than the regular sized ipad

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:26 11

5. amiaq (Posts: 378; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Why anyone want an inferior product?

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:51 3

13. blingblingthing (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Uninformed people won't know of the better products that exist.

If a proverbial fool is willing to part with his money, why not help him do so?

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:20 4

34. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


People buy what works for them. Just because you have no use for it doesn't mean that someone else won't.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:42 3

37. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


End of the day, it's a useless over-priced midrange app launcher Half-baked device.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 13:39 1

59. darkkjedii (Posts: 10119; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No at the end of the day it's the iPad mini. Lots will buy it, lots like yourself won't. Apple has a strong fan base, appeals to the mass market, and gets those who r curious. So at the end of the day who cares what u, or I have to say.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 13:36

58. darkkjedii (Posts: 10119; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Inferior is up to the user. What u consider inferior may be ideal for some one else.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:29 6

7. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


It has begun...the long long descent down...and we all know that sayin....the BIGGER they are, the HARDER they fall!
I personally prefer android but to tell the truth I feel sad for Apple...everything is good about the company except for one thing...theri arrogant attitude and thats what's costing them right now

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 13:44

60. darkkjedii (Posts: 10119; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I think getting rid of forstall gets rid of most of the arrogant attitude. I think this is a new beginning for apple, and a chance to make the brand stronger.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:32 5

8. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Yes, I smell blood in the water. Release the android sharks!!! lol

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:47 2

12. mas11 (Posts: 1026; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Better to be a shark than a sheep lol jk

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:43 2

38. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


And so many other nasty names names there called.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:45 1

39. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7368; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lol so true.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:50

41. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


And there all banned by PA Engadget GsmArena Verge PhoneDog " Don't these users have no self-respect" .....?

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 20:01

44. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7368; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Speaking of the word ban, I'm surprised myz giant banned.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:37 2

9. techguy22 (Posts: 226; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


that sucks. disappointed sh*ep

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:38 3

10. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


I wonder how much did Apple pay the reviewers such Topolsky for the verge...an inferior ipad 2, smaller sized with recycled A5...9! With the usual boring story of fhe apps...I would like to know which are these "killer" or "must have" apps. 90% of them are rubbish and 5% are to compensate the weak browser experience without desktop user agent. In addition the play store tied app store's lead for all those pointless apps.

Which are those ipad killer apps?? Beer app, fart app, quick links to websites...boh

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:55 3

14. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


Apple products are so similar that you can't really criticize any one of them. Take the iPad 2 for example. They gave the iPad one a good review, and since the iPad 2 is pretty much the same thing, they can't say it's a bad device. And since the iPad mini is pretty much a scaled down iPad 2, it also gets great reviews.

When you buy Apple products, you are buying it for the brand. Anyone who doesn't care about brand and image can't really say the iPad mini is better than the Nexus 7.

I saw this review on YouTube and this one Apple fanboy criticized the Nexus 7 because it doesn't have any "different" apps. His exact words were that the Nexus 7 has email apps, facebook apps, twitter apps, everything that he already had on his iPad. That comment right there made me realize it's pointless to argue with people's desire for Apple products. Ultimately because get Apple products because it's an Apple product.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:30 1

22. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


wow....you have a link to that? iZOMBs only care that it has the APPLE logo on it...

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:42

25. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF5noq4vZbo

Here's the link. The funniest part is that he insists that he's giving the Nexus 7 a fair chance and he's being unbiased.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 20:00 3

43. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7368; Member since: 14 May 2012)


That review was such a joke its not even funny. Totally biased from the beginning.

Also, N7 does laps around iPad Mini in terms of speed. Tegra 3 > A5

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:53

27. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Some people don't care about being able to hack their tablet. Some people don't buy tablets as gaming devices.
Some people don't buy tablets just to be able to put widgets on the screen.
Some people buy tablets just to use apps and in terms of apps (that matter) there is no difference between android and iOS. IT then comes down to brand, looks and build quality.

Oh and you fandroids wouldn't be buying google products had it not been made fby google. Hypocrites.

Come at me fandroids.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:07

30. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


People can buy products for any reasons they want. But when you are comparing two items from two different companies, it's just disingenuous to say it's not as good because it's the same. Also Google doesn't make that many products. Android is popular because it's open sourced and companies can do what they want with it. With Android you have options with Apple you do not, that's why people choose it. I think most people who likes Android products could care less who makes the phone as long as it's good. With Apple lovers, it's doesn't matter what the phone is like, the important thing is that it's an Apple device.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:18

32. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Not really I buy android Cuz android does things preety well for me, as a matter of fact android fans are supposed to be the least loyal and yet they keep coming to the point we had 75% of sales this time around

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 20:53 1

48. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1204; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Actually google doesn't build anything. Nexus1 was HTC; Nexus S, G-Nex, & Nexus10 were Samsung; Droid & Zoom were Motorola; & the Nexus4 is by LG. To date I have not owned an actual Google experience device (ie pure android). I've had 4 HTC phones & currently have the Galaxy S3 & a Toshiba Thrive. I picked up all of the devices because they were what worked for me. For instance the GS3 had the best specs, performance, & features at the time. The Thrive is heavier and doesn't have as nice of a screen as it's competitors, but it has full size ports (usb for keyboards, mice, extension HDs, etc; & a full size HDMI port). That was more important to me than what he competition had to offer. I don't consider Apple products after past dealings with their support staff (following their advice would've cost me $75-100 for their mistake).

Finally, "come at me"? Really? OK then.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:43 2

11. guruprasad (Posts: 27; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


apple's fall is rising...count your days apple...

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:47 1

40. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


im hoping and praying for that day. "GOD" help us.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:56 2

15. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


wait wait wait... is apple failing and falling? if they are they should already do something and stop the scandals of suing another company!

they should make iOS more likable because it looks like iOS is stagnant, redundant and no innovation!

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:00 3

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6139; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Looks like people started to see why the Ipad Mini makes no difference buying since if you already have a ipad 3. now theres a 4th ipad coming out still looks the same just a lil bit update specs.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:31

23. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I do like the faster charging....

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:54

28. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


You activist should also crirtize Microsoft for releasing Halo 4 on election day. They clearly don't care about America and are brainwashing people.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 20:17 1

46. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Looks like TACO

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 20:57

49. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1204; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Yup, everything should cease on election day, everyone should get the day off and their sole purpose should be to go in to vote. So what you're saying is that people wouldn't have time to vote AND pick up a video game in the same day? Two words for you "time management".

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:15

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 10119; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Here n Vegas the lines at town center, ceasers palace forum shops, and fashion show malls were around the corners.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 20:00

42. Aeires (unregistered)


Line was very small in Chicago. Doesn't really matter much until Apple releases how many units it took to get to the sold out mark.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 20:08 2

45. webOSlove (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


iOS is so old and Apple is polishing it off like a finished product.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 13:33

57. darkkjedii (Posts: 10119; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ok don't know what the point of that post was, but ooooook

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 10:35

54. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Wasn't just the iPad Mini that launched, the iPad 4 was launched simultaneously. So, you have two products being launched and still the lines are shorter. I think Apple's biting off a piece of what Apple enthusiasts have been bashing Android OEM's for: product cycle and "fragmentation" (in the sense of market cannibalization).

For a few years now, we've all heard how horrible it is that just a few months after you buy that new top-of-the-line Android flagship phone, it gets replaced by something newer and shinier. Well, the iPad 3 has only been out for what, 6-7 months now? And already it's replaced with a device with twice the performance? Apple, welcome to the land of buyer's remorse.

Also, getting back on track, the iPad Mini? While yes it's still pricey, it's not as pricey as the full-sized iPad. How many people are going to get both considering the costs involved? Every Mini sold is a loss of a few hundred dollars that could have been an iPad sale. Apple's phenomenal sales reports have been because of iOS devices having that limited-choice, walled-garden, vertical integration.
Not only that, but the Mini lacks the graphics performance of the iPad 4... everyone knows what that means right??? Games/Apps optimized to run on the iPad 4, while they should still run on the Mini (maybe- in retrospect, people that update to newer versions of iOS while running older hardware have also had features left out of the update), will not look or perform as well... Sounds like Apple also wants a little piece of the fragmentation pie...

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 10:39

55. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


And, don't make apologies for shorter lines in NY because of Sandy. The Eastern Seaboard may be having tough times right now, but what are the line situations in places like LA, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, etc.??? You know, there's a lot of land west of the Appalachians.

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