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Old 10-31-2012, 12:53 AM   #1
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Reviews are starting to appear for the iPad mini.

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Old 10-31-2012, 06:39 AM   #2
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obviously its best ever. what a joke american tech blogs are...they're so afraid that american darling apple might loose some billion of dollars because they're selling repackaged old tech for high price...
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:32 AM   #3
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obviously its best ever. what a joke american tech blogs are...they're so afraid that american darling apple might loose some billion of dollars because they're selling repackaged old tech for high price...
Then look around... damning an entire nation for a couple of reviews... ooops, forgot, this about evil ole Apple... sorry, carry on with usual hate Apple/corporate/anything I don't personally like and sink to usual level instead of reasoned discussion...
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:47 AM   #4
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Seems like people like it quite a lot, with the caveat of the screen. Probably worth it to wait and hope for a 2x retina screen in 2013. Interestingly, because they're driving that lower-resolution screen, the iPad mini internals have benchmarks equal or superior to the iPad 3. That bodes well for OS updates. Battery life is also exceptional: a full 3 hours more than the best 7" tablet competitor.

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obviously its best ever. what a joke american tech blogs are...they're so afraid that american darling apple might loose some billion of dollars because they're selling repackaged old tech for high price...
You believe that American technology blogs are engaged in a conspiracy to protect Apple's bottom line by falsely giving its products positive reviews?
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:56 AM   #5
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You believe that American technology blogs are engaged in a conspiracy to protect Apple's bottom line by falsely giving its products positive reviews?
Strange how no one thought of that
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:58 AM   #6
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Seems like people like it quite a lot, with the caveat of the screen. Probably worth it to wait and hope for a 2x retina screen in 2013. Interestingly, because they're driving that lower-resolution screen, the iPad mini internals have benchmarks equal or superior to the iPad 3. That bodes well for OS updates. Battery life is also exceptional: a full 3 hours more than the best 7" tablet competitor.


You believe that American technology blogs are engaged in a conspiracy to protect Apple's bottom line by falsely giving its products positive reviews?
I believe that all professional blogs (run by publishing companies) engage in a bit of positive spin on their reviews... for a variety of reasons. That is why I dismiss most of those reviews and look to sites like this for the real scoop (and why I ignore anyone who simply parrots what they read on those blogs)
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:06 PM   #7
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I believe that all professional blogs (run by publishing companies) engage in a bit of positive spin on their reviews... for a variety of reasons. That is why I dismiss most of those reviews and look to sites like this for the real scoop (and why I ignore anyone who simply parrots what they read on those blogs)
That is not quite what Tacty is arguing.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:23 PM   #8
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I think why people get so worked up is that they simply don't understand Apple's target market. They do make good devices. The Mini is overpriced given it's specs, there's little doubt about that, but that doesn't necessarily make it bad. The total experience, from all accounts anyway, seems to be quite good.

Personally, I'll never again pay a premium to join their locked-down proprietary world, but I can still see why some people find them so appealing. Unlike a lot of open standards, that proprietary world makes it easy for Apple to get their own devices integrating smoothly with each other. If you don't mind the limitations, it's not a bad world.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:25 PM   #9
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RE: the open vs. closed debate, you can always jailbreak and have the best of both worlds.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:35 PM   #10
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obviously its best ever. what a joke american tech blogs are...they're so afraid that american darling apple might loose some billion of dollars because they're selling repackaged old tech for high price...
If you believe that this is American flag waving you haven't seen the bilge written in the UK press, e.g. this atrocious piece:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...rt-of-comments

Apple seems to have excellent press relations and/or reviewers are simply doing copy/paste jobs with the press material. When did you ever come across the term "chamfered" in tech reviews in the past? Now you have it in every second "review".
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RE: the open vs. closed debate, you can always jailbreak and have the best of both worlds.
Better yes, best no. Plus it looks like that will be illegal soon.

In any case, why would you support a manufacturer of closed ecosystems by purchasing their products and adding to their bottom line if you don't like it to begin with? The only way they will change is if people stop buying into them. You can clearly see by their legal efforts that they have no intention of allowing jailbreaking forever.

People don't seem to understand integrity anymore. They just do whatever suits them best for the time being. But I digress, I'm getting off topic here.
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In any case, why would you support a manufacturer of closed ecosystems by purchasing their products and adding to their bottom line if you don't like it to begin with? The only way they will change is if people stop buying into them. You can clearly see by their legal efforts that they have no intention of allowing jailbreaking forever.

People don't seem to understand integrity anymore. They just do whatever suits them best for the time being. But I digress, I'm getting off topic here.
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The Nook Color/Tablet have to be the most locked down tablets ever.
Same type of restriction as Apple (only apps from their own store), but with a much worse selection, and no competitor reading apps allowed.
So you don't seem to follow your own advice?
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I think why people get so worked up is that they simply don't understand Apple's target market. They do make good devices. The Mini is overpriced given it's specs, there's little doubt about that, but that doesn't necessarily make it bad. The total experience, from all accounts anyway, seems to be quite good.
I imagine a lot of people predicting the Mini's complete failure were also those who derided the iPad as just a big iPod Touch that noone would ever want to buy. Apple sold 100 million of them.
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If you believe that this is American flag waving you haven't seen the bilge written in the UK press, e.g. this atrocious piece:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...rt-of-comments

Apple seems to have excellent press relations and/or reviewers are simply doing copy/paste jobs with the press material. When did you ever come across the term "chamfered" in tech reviews in the past? Now you have it in every second "review".
You are right, of course. No one could possibly like this product. Sadly, few journalists can aspire to the objectivity on offer on mobileread: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=195435
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The reviewer in the Guardian initially didn't even get the prices right. That's the least one could ask for. Apart from that fanboism is just tiresome, even if it is being veiled with an attempt at irony.
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