What Could Go Wrong for the iPad Mini

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  • Report this Comment On November 18, 2012, at 5:23 PM, techy46 wrote:

    Asus could bring out the VivoMini RT for $299, Dell could bring out the XPS 7 RT for $299. Lenovo could bring out the YogaMini RT for $299 and Microsoft could bring out the Surface RT Mini for $299.

  • Report this Comment On November 18, 2012, at 10:33 PM, Austincooper100 wrote:

    Here's a few new Android tablet models all which launch in November and rival Nexus & Apple - - and are available at a site called TabletSprint -- This new series by Ainol Electronics, which received a "Best Tablet of the Year" award at CNET Consumer Electronics Show 2012 - include two models with 10-inch displays with high resolution screens; The Novo 10 Hero includes a Dual Core CPU and a 1280x800 display for $225; and a similar model The Novo 10 Captain offers Quad Core CPU and a 1920x1200 Liquid Crystal display (like Apple's Retina screen) for $275. All provide pretty nice specs and pricing -- There's also a new 7 inch tablet, The Novo 7 Flame for $189, that has many more features than the Nexus 7 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. Also, the world's first truly affordable, quality $100 Android tablet, the brand new Novo 7 Legend became available last week, with many of the same features as the Novo 7 Flame. TabletSprint also offers with each tablet - a free 3G/4G 500MB monthly data plan with full internet access/VoIP calling in the U.S. - - Certainly worth checking out and reviewing these holiday deals--

  • Report this Comment On November 19, 2012, at 4:05 AM, chinaman8 wrote:

    techy46: No one wants Windows RT, on tablets or otherwise. Steve Ballmer of Microsoft himself said Surface RT tablet sales have been "modest." Windows 8 Pro will be a much better OS for tablets to run all applications. Problem is the more mainstream Intel Windows 8 Pro tablet hardware doesn't make the best tablet (thicker, heavier, more expensive, less battery life). Microsoft is stuck with neither RT nor 8 Pro being optimal for tablets, and has missed the tablet and smartphone boats yet again.

    All the prices you name are $299, a lot more than the cheapo Amazon and Nexus Android tablets. The Androids will sell way more than any of those RT tablets, and the iPads will continue selling way more than the Android tablets.

    What could go wrong with the iPad mini is that Apple's 2 week order backlog means missed sales. Apple needs to increase the supply to meet the big demand.

    Another thing Apple should do is try to engineer a single LTE iPad mini model. Having different iPad mini models in the USA for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint is just too much complexity and inventory management. It's mostly the carrier's fault, but hopefully more generic LTE minis can be engineered.

    Finally, having just white and black iPads is getting boring. This is from the company that released the initial iMacs in brilliant colors like orange, green, and pink. Samsung makes its phones also in blue, brown, gray, red, etc. Apple should consider the same for its iPads and iPhones. It already does so for the iPods, offering the iPod Touch in 6 colors for example. I know this is more inventory management, but it could pay off with such popular products like the iPad and iPhone. It's 100 years after the Ford Model T which only came in black color, and we're still doing that.

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