With sales of somewhere between 1 and 1.5 million units on opening weekend, it's not the smashing success of the iPad 3, but how many electronics products achieve these kinds of numbers in the first 48 hours after launch?
I was all charged up about the mini and was about to pull the trigger and order one up, but the price of the version I need (most expensive one, of course) kept my finger off the Buy button and turned my excitement into dismay.
Missing from the article is a BOM analysis (too early to tell, I know, especially with the Apple brand hiding the true identities of the winners). Would be interesting to see what kind of margin estimates there is on the mini. With all the competition in the 7 inch tablet arena, I doubt Apple can maintain margins of the larger versions. That's why it has not been a smashing success and probably will not ever be.
I am not so sure how well 7" tablet sell in the US market. It seems to me Americans are looking for laptop replacement that 10" tablet suits the demand. On the other hands, Asian markets are looking for portability and 1 for all device. 7" seems to be a better choice. I am very interested in learn your preference and the reason.
I'd be interested in seeing a usage study on tablets based on size (per @chanj's comments).
Right now I use a laptop (for industrial-strength work), an iPad for much but not all of that work PLUS as a reading platform and an iPhone for phone and information/gps functions.
Each has its strengths; each its drawbacks. I frankly don't want to lug around all three, but I know that some people do. On the other hand, it's hard for me to envision a single device that does everything I want/need.
I have the smallest Kindle which weighs 6 oz. I LOVE the size and portability - great for reading, but terrible at surfing. Thus I was waiting for the IPAD mini. But it's disappointing for 3 reasons, price, mediocre resolution, and its too heavy. Maybe in a couple of years someone will make I tablet for me - 7", 6 oz, HIRES, fair price.
I have a MacBook Air, iPad (3rd Generation), and now an iPad Mini. While their functions overlap, each has specific jobs to do for me. I'd like to get down to two devices for travel, but while I'm sorting this out, the three together weigh significantly less than the Dell notebook my company issues. As an extra bonus, each is a whole lot more pleasurable to use.....
iPad Mini looks like a beautiful product and just the right size - thank you for the analysis.
One item is missing, however. A phone modem (BB) is offered as an option. Who is the supplier for the phone BB and transceiver ICs? Is it Qualcomm - or somebody else - like Intel or ST-E?
Many thanks in advance
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It still baffles my mind that all tablet makers still limit cellular usage to data only. To me, it only makes sense that you could use a bluetooth headset for phone functions and have one truly useful device instead of lugging around multiple products.
Alas, businesses seemed to be more focused on maintaining a quarterly revenue stream than providing products that make sense.
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