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Is the iPad Mini going to kill the other small tablets?

0. phoneArena posted on 03 Oct 2012, 09:02

The rumors of a smaller iPad in the works are starting to get more and more intense. The leaked images that we see almost every day are getting more and more trustworthy, and overall, it's beginning to look like Apple is indeed going to launch the iPad Mini this year...

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posted on 04 Oct 2012, 02:35

62. nicholassss (Posts: 368; Member since: 10 May 2012)

He was aware but it took my nerddom to convince him they were worth looking in to. He's kind of a cheapskate, So i was surprised his first though was apple.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 09:25 4

10. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

$350 will possibly be the price point since the iPod Touch is already $300.

Apple dominated last year with 82% of the tablet sales, but now it's down to just 52%. How quickly things change.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 11:48

36. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

Can someone help me find my way? I think I got lost...and entered the 'joke of the day' segment on PA :)
The only thing Apple iPad mini is good for killing are rats in the basement...whoa wait no one has rats in their basement anymore...ah well I guess its gonna end up being good for nothing then :)

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 09:27 3

11. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Don't think so except for users who want to show off the apple tattoo ... more than use the device.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 09:28 3

12. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

apps, apps, apps all I hear about is apps.
yes when I bought first tablet and phone I was going trough lot if apps but later you know what you really need and settle down. at the moment I use like 5 apps which you find anywhere - NotePad, calendar etc. the games always kept me entertained for 5 mins do I stopped checking any new ones.
all I use tablet now is to browse internet so I don't care if there is 1 million apps of the same thing.
if you buying iPad only because of apps then you are probably still child who is going to spend his time downloading apps.
if you are grown up you know what you need it for and I guarantee you find dame apps in Android, even Windows

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 09:52 2

15. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

in fact I don't need a single app.
just give me chrome like tablet that will load me straight into superfast browser that supports flash and all and I will be happy. therefore I think apps have no future on tablets as you can view full size webpages-it just needs to be faster like on a laptop.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 09:36

13. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

It will be interesting how they price it.

With the iPad Touch ... and the WiFi version of the "new" iPad ... and the iPad 2 ...

My bet is that they will price it the same as the iPad 2, except the mini will have LTE.

I have to agree that it will be a huge hit.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 09:36 3

14. wendygarett (unregistered)

nice article Ray... And please give me the iPad already :D

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 09:53 2

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

you missed an important factor Ray, what if apps and content from an iPad could not be used on the iPad Mini? for example is the iPhone 5 which is taller had 0 non apple apps that are compatible with the new screen, same will occur with the iPad Mini, It will probably have 0 apps at all yeah It will have the other content but it will lack apps, android on the other side was built so apps work anyways... and tablet apps will adapt to the screen too.... bu thats my opinion, maybe they create a method to have apps work, but this does not ensure they will work well

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 11:16 1

29. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

No you are correct IF the mini has a new resolution. If the resolution is unique from other ios products, all the apps will need to be recoded for this new resolution. apple really dropped the ball there. On top of that, this responsibility is shirked onto the shoulders of the devs, as apple will do nothing to recode the apps to fit. My guess is because of this, they will use a resolution that is not unique. If they don't... big mistake.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 13:30

44. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

the claimed resolution is not a used one if im not mistaken as its fit to make it retina

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 14:13

51. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Ouch. If I had to repay for each app on my new idevice just because it's recoded to fit each resolution, I'd be PISSED. 95% of the time, if I buy an app in the play store, I can install the same app on any one of my devices and it will automagically rescale.

I feel sorry for people buying into the apple ecosystem. Imagine paying for a navigation app... before ios6 and its weak attempt, this was necessary to have turn-by-turn navigation on your phone. I know because my friend paid $60 for his!! smh.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 09:57 1

17. mukrenol (Posts: 92; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)

not really.. most already got some sort of a tablet
and the apple mini pad is still too wide to hold in one hand
as as some said... it's not likely be place the price point at $249 but more likely at $350

as far as brainwashing goes... 249 will be way too cheap for apple product which means it's 'cheap' and not 'fancy' or 'upper class'

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 11:17

30. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Never thought about trying to hold it with one hand. Great point.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 10:00

18. angelesmec (unregistered)

Depending on your platform preference.. Android or iOS..

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 10:38 1

23. Aeires (unregistered)

Nope, but for the first time, Apple will be competing against Apple. Honestly, why buy this when for just a smaller amount more you can get the full sized. We all know Apple isn't going to price range it in the Nexus 7/Kindle Fire range.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 11:18

31. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Agreed. I could be wrong, but I don't see this as a huge success. Where it gains, the ipads will lose. Amazon is just too powerful in this space, with Google a distant second.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 11:33 2

33. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

please stop it with the ipad mini killing the small tablets.. there are no other small tablets ok..

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 13:40

46. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

well down to 52% I kinda see there is a 48% of "smaller tablets" selling which is a huge change from last year "dominating" market and without t counting Nexus 7 or kindle so my bet would be around 50- for apple counting those on the Mix... No wonder they want to rush an iPad mini to the Mix in order to avoid being Second place on tablets by the end of 2012


posted on 03 Oct 2012, 14:15

52. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Poor, blind sheep.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 11:25

63. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

and please stop repeating yourself. just let people buy what they want and STOP BEING SO ANTI ANDROID

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 11:56 1

38. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

Nexus7 all the way.......

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 12:00

39. KaiTech (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

What you forget to take under consideration is the iPod.
Apple can't price it low, because it will cannibalize iPod sales even further.

I'll make a bet it will run at $299+

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 12:16

41. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

2 models, one at $299 for 8GB and $349 for 16GB.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 13:17

42. jibraihimi (Posts: 770; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

I think ipad mini will only be able to kill 'iPod touch', because it's basically a bigger 'ipod touch', and users of iPod touch will surely want to upgrade from small size to bigger size, so that they can get the use of two device from one.........................

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 13:29

43. alfadolla (Posts: 28; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

It's two years too late....... boring

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 13:36

45. bonsly16 (Posts: 76; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Realistically speaking, I see this being a huge sucess, specifically to the masses who can't afford a $600 iPad. Regardless of the fact that there are far better and more superior tablets out there with a better pricepoint, people are just oblivious to the truth as those tablets aren't able to penetrate the media and the consumer's awareness as much as the iPad. Sadly, most people I know are unaware that there are tablets you can buy without having an Apple logo on the back.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 13:48

47. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

"Well, unlike phones, where the Android handsets have pretty much caught up to Apple, Android tablets are still far behind. There are not enough apps, or magazines or other content that could entertain users. Apple's iTunes, on the other hand, is home to a very rich content ecosystem. Because of this, there's much more stuff you can do with an iPad Mini, at least from consumer standpoint, than with an Android tablet, that the idea of getting the more expensive device suddenly starts to make sense."

really?? wow is he being serious? So you mean to tell me the nexus seven isnt more entertaining than the same old restricted ipad?? not enough apps? that sounds like the typical ifan response my friend there are more than enough apps in the google play store and being that the nexus 7 is tegra based, that means it will have THE BEST gaming apps available! Sorry but this article is biased towards apple ..........yet again

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 13:48

48. jbryant624 (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

it will all boil down to the price, the apps and the service that ipad mini can bring. see why amazon has succeeded when others have failed before? 2 out of 3, price ($199) and service(amazon appstore)

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 14:08 1

50. bossmt_2 (Posts: 457; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

Depends on pricing point. If it's 399 then I think nothing happens. If it's 249 then yeah it's got a good shot. Still think people will go for less expensive android devices.

Also I don't get the myth that Android tabs don't have apps. They do it's just that certain apps look better on certain screens. One of the things implemented in the past is the ability for an app to work on any size screen with the SDK they released for ICS (IIRC). And who's to say the iPad mini won't have the same issues where apps don't look as good? I'm hard pressed to find an app I use on my Galaxy Nexus that I can't use on my Xoom.

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