The New York Times published a piece yesterday echoing what Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, have been saying about the iPad Mini: it's inevitable, and it's going to do well.
The Times article didn't allow reader comments. But my piece on ZDNet did - and, including pro and con arguments from consumers as well as apparent IT administrators.
Since not everyone loves to scroll through comments, I thought I'd pull out the best ones:
Small Is Beautiful
"I think that the compelling use / marketing case may be that Apple offers a 'large phone' that can replace a laptop for a significant number of folks who travel, so that they can carry just one device. To make this really work, Apple would need killer-good voice control (like Siri, but free of the back-end link) so this device would have practical, easy, user friendly usability via BlueTooth while it remains in one's pocket or bag, even where there is no internet availability." - Z2217
"I have both an iPhone and a Kindle Fire. Games and media certainly work on the phone, but they are much more enjoyable on the tablet. After owning the Fire for a while I found it almost painful to look at the small graphics on the phone. And the tablet -does- fit in some coat pockets. I think the 7" form factor has a significant market segment for people who find both the price and size of a 10" tablet to be prohibitive." - RoverDaddy
Small is Bad
"A 7' tablet is definitely easier to put in a sport cost pocket than a 10" tablet (which is what most road warriors still wear to work). But, screen resolution is a big deal to the content creator. And, unless the device uses a stylus, fingers are just too big for detailed work - even on a 10" screen." - M Wagner
"The biggest reason why I would never get a 7" tablet is overlap. For most people people who already have a smartphone (myself included), we already have the functionality of a small tablet. And the newest smartphones have very large screens, some approaching 5". A 7" tablet only gives you a small improvement of additional screen size with the same basic functionality. A full size tablet however allows you to do things that you simply can't do well with a smartphone. That is real added value." - Tigertank
"Personally, I think a 5" wide keyboard is just too small for comfortable typing." - Vulpinemac
Forget the iPad, Go For Surface
"Win 8 tablets are general purpose machines and applications written even in the seventies will run on it. iPad is nothing but a toy, get over it." - owllnet
Not So Fast!
"Enterprise is already buying tablets - they're not waiting for Microsoft." - Falkirk
"The Microsoft Surface still has many, many unknowns associated with it -- starting from whether Microsoft could manufacture it at all, to whether it will actually take off. Enterprises have already experimented with Windows tablets for about a decade --- it has been wasted effort so far. I believe many enterprises will be more likely investing in Android tablets, than in Windows tablets." - danbi
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