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What Do Potential Users Think About The iPad Mini?

What Do Potential Users Think About The iPad Mini?

Summary: Forget the pundits like me: what do you readers - who will really determine the success or failure of an iPad Mini - think about this tablet?

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The New York Times published a piece yesterday echoing what Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, myself and others 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 boy did it attract a bunch, 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

"Whether in 7 inch form, or 10 inch form, the iPad is still designed as a consumption device, and if a tablet can be designed that can be both, a consumption device, as well as a production device, then, why not get the one that gives a lot more for the money, and is already compatible with most office software already in the business." Adornoe

"If companies want to deploy devices that provide the most bang for the buck, and offer greater flexibility for their workforce, Microsoft is clearly in a better position... assuming the Surface tablets (or other OEM tablets) don't completely suck." - paddyarizona
 
The Bottom Line
 
"Most internal applications cost millions to build. Almost all of them are written for Windows or Linux. Almost none of them will run on the iPad. Almost all of them will but on Windows 8. You can cart your shiny new iPad into the office, but when the guy next to you can use the internal applications in a meeting and you can't you'll have little choice. Go on, ask your company to rewrite its multi-million dollar app for iOS. Unless your company is all Apple, it doesn't make sense." - A Gray

Still A Toy

"There are legions of IT staffs waiting for an alternative that is a legitimate component of an Enterprise ecosystem. This is most important in the Small to Medium-sized Businesses, where once you go with a tablet line, you're stuck with it for a very, very long time. Of the two iPads we were forced to adopt, neither user is satisfied with how they integrate into an Active Directory environment. It's a neat toy, and my mom sure loves surfacing the web on hers. But other than checking email and watching movies on a flight, the iPad is not a workstation or laptop replacement for real work." - BowTech

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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    • Most likely dead wrong as can be.

      Vaporware IS NOT hardware or software without a shipping date.

      Vaporware is hardware or software that never ships. Untill its determined that either a product is never going to ship, or untill its determined that its been so long since the product was announced that its almost certain to never ship something is simply not vaporware. You can always predict that something is going to become vaporware.

      It speaks for itself that most radical predictions around here often not only cut against many established facts, but just as often the predictions have become almost predictably wrong in themselves.

      I am terribly afraid that anyone who predicts that the Microsoft Surface will become vaporwarehas chosen to go so far out on a limb it will be hard to resist the hystarics as they gradually saw that limb off themselves only to come crashing into reality.

      I have to say that predicting Surface to become vaporware, well, you might as well predict the demise of Microsoft itself. I know there are those who love to do that, it makes them neither credible or sane.
      Cayble
  • Microsoft Surface is vaporware

    It doesn't have a ship date. It doesn't have a price. Nobody can get one to review. It doesn't exist.
    AnalogJoystick
    • How is it vaporware?

      I guess it's vaporware in the same way that next year's Ford models are a figment of anyone's imagination, yet certain to be available for purchase by some unknown date.
      milo ducillo
  • Oh say can you see

    I think it's an eyesight thing, which highly correlates with an age thing. The 10" screen is about the smallest that most people over 40 can comfortably read without the heartbreak of pinching-and-scrolling. For those who can read a website on a 7" screen, I'm sure the additional portability is a feature. For me it's a bug.
    Robert Hahn
    • For many, it's an upgrade

      Like you probably did, I used to scoff at people squinting at web sites or videos on their smartphone screens. Then I became addicted to reading blogs on my iPhone - and my vision has been suffering ever since. So a small iPad would actually be an eyesaver.
      Eric Lai
  • Phone, 7" 10"

    I already have a Galaxy s2, an Ainol Aurora II 7" Tablet and and Ipad, plus a 16" notebook. So to me and many others the either or size thing is moot.
    I have the phone mainly to make calls and as a GPS navigator, etc. and other stuff when tablets not handy.
    7" tablet in jacket pocket for on the go and it is a great book reader.
    Ipad in a bag for stuff when I can carry it. (I didn't go android because even with the ipads shortcommings it is still better than the 10 androids at the moment for $540 for64gb Ipad 2 - I buy what suits my usage, I'm not a fanboy, but am a gadget geek, lol.)
    Notebook, well it used to be considered portable and still sorta is, it has a notebook shoulder bag.

    Will I buy Ipad mini, yes if it makes the grade. It has to be 16:9 in 7". I want it to have wifi with GPS (I don't need 3 or 4g, and I want bluetooth Ipad to Ipad or an SD slot. I can samsung to samsung just by putting them next to each other.
    drdoug_au@...
  • What Do Potential Users Think About The iPad Mini?

    Its going to be overhyped and as useless as the regular iPad.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • You win!

      Sound the trumpets! Release the balloons! You, sir, have purchased the one-hundred-millionth iPad! You're going to Hollywood! You'll be famous! Your boss will be proud!
      Robert Hahn
    • Yes nowhere near as useless as Surface

      That POS is an ugly laptop with a rubber keyboard.
      RationalGuy
  • 7" Ipad? What for?

    It does not make any sense. Apple already dominates the dumb tablets (a tablet is a PC not over size cell phone). Why go to a smaller market where everyone is selling decent 7" tablets as low as $199? The way Apple price it's products it would not be able to compete BUT some people usually tend to surprise me on how they spend their money.

    Besides with the technology/screen size on the recent cell phones why even bother with a dumb table? There is really nothing that a dumb tablet can do that a cell phone cannot do.

    Apple would just be wasting time and money on a soon to be dying market...well assuming cellular phone keep advancing as they are now.
    lares3k
  • no need for it

    seems kinda riddiculous
    billwillclark
  • I don't get the hype about the iPad Mini

    First the iPhone, and then Apple says, "Hey, let's make a really big iPhone, but take away the phone capabilities!"

    People go @$# crazy.

    Now Apple is saying, "Hey, let's take the iPad and shrink it down so it's not nearly as easy to use".

    People go #@$@$%#(* crazy.

    Like it's a new product nobody's even conceived.
    milo ducillo
  • Kids Rule the World (well, my world...)

    My kids are always arguing over who gets to use the iPad; it drives the missus and I mad. I'd love to buy them both their own but at £500 a pop I can't reasonably justify filling Apple's coffers, and I refuse to spoil them further than they already are.

    Now if I could get two iPad Mini's (or Android tablets) for about the same price as one full sized iPad we might be talking. The smaller size would be better for their little hands, and just think of travelling without incessant "are we there yet?"

    Personally I don't care if Apple don't release an iPad mini; in fact I care very little for being told what I can and cannot do with MY device. And don't get me started on iTunes. I've no idea if I'll end up buying (for the kids) Apple or Android but I do know that the 7 inch form factor and £200 price point are compelling enough for me to achieve my "travel in peace nirvana".
    dmdarwen