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Old 10-31-2013, 08:37 AM   #211
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With considerably lower margins, you can also expect customer service to go down. No more going to the Apple Store to get an on the spot replacement for a defective product. You'd have to mail it somewhere and then wait 3 months to receive a replacement.
Profit margins have nothing to do with that. Profit is what is left over after all the costs, including customer service. They might cut customer service to maintain margins after cutting prices, but then they wouldn't have "considerably lower margins." But as long as they are profitable there is no reason they must degrade customer service.

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Old 10-31-2013, 01:15 PM   #212
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Profit margins have nothing to do with that. Profit is what is left over after all the costs, including customer service. They might cut customer service to maintain margins after cutting prices, but then they wouldn't have "considerably lower margins." But as long as they are profitable there is no reason they must degrade customer service.
Thank you. Yes, you're entirely correct. I believe the term I should have used is markup.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:45 PM   #213
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Galaxy tabs "a few years ago" were horrible, they ran Froyo or Gingerbread (a phone OS). Things have moved on, especially since the introduction of ICS and JB. A comparison based on experience from "a few years ago", in this kind of business, is meaningless, even a few months bring significant changes.
Unfortunately, if you have one of those devices (I do) you can't upgrade the OS. My original iPad was good for the next 2 years OS upgrades, then I traded it in...and still got decent money for it.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:44 AM   #214
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iPad Air topped by Kindle Fire HDX in display quality test

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When DisplayMate Technologies tested the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, the iPad Air, and Google's Nexus 10, the Fire 8.9 "leapfrogged into the best-performing tablet display that we have ever tested," according to the results posted Monday.

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 significantly outperformed "the iPad Air in brightness, screen reflectance, and high ambient light contrast, plus a first-place finish in the very challenging category of absolute color accuracy," DisplayMate continued.

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 also was rated tops in power efficiency, compared with the Air and Nexus 10.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:47 AM   #215
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Unfortunately, many people dislike the blue "glow" around the edge of the Fire HDX's screen when using the HDX for reading.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:23 AM   #216
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And the HDX is also lighter than Air!
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... and a hell of a lot more locked-down than even iDevices are, so a total no-go for me. Who wants to have some ultra-reduced, cut-down version of Android? Shudder.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:53 AM   #218
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... forgot to add: it's no achievement for Fire HDX to be lighter than iPad Air, considering it has a much smaller screen! In fact, HDX's screen size is roughly in between iPad Air and iPad mini.

No doubt, HDX is a fine tablet, but I'd be wary of Amazon's ultra-super-high-walled garden.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:59 AM   #219
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No doubt, HDX is a fine tablet, but I'd be wary of Amazon's ultra-super-high-walled garden.
I like the garden. More than enough veggies to satiate me.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:17 PM   #220
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I like the garden. More than enough veggies to satiate me.
who said gardens are bad ;-)

The problem is when the garden is not green, i.e. ... Amazon or Google (10 inches optimized apps)

So yes, I like "Apple's Garden" ;-) .... and if it starts to die or looks brown, well, I will find another one that won't be, easy as that.
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The garden may be Apple's, but the finest flowers, plants and fruits in it are the work of external contractors -- outsourced gardeners, if you will. Without their contributions, Apple's garden would be a wasteland -- a walled wasteland at that. It may well be that the external contractors will, in increasing numbers, prefer to work for Android instead of Apple in future. Remember, that's what happened 2 decades ago regarding Mac vs. Windows...
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Unfortunately, many people dislike the blue "glow" around the edge of the Fire HDX's screen when using the HDX for reading.
The blue edge glow on the HDX was the deciding factor in my iPad Air purchase. I'm finding that there are a lot more apps for my interests available in the IOS ecosystem.
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How can they make that claim the 8.9 hdx isn't even out uet
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How can they make that claim the 8.9 hdx isn't even out uet
Probably in-house testing
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The blue edge glow on the HDX was the deciding factor in my iPad Air purchase. I'm finding that there are a lot more apps for my interests available in the IOS ecosystem.

The Kindle Fire 8.9 uses white LEDs instead of the blue found in the 7" model, there is no blue light bleed.

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