Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 19:12 UTC
Apple It's one of those days again: Apple held a product announcement today, announcing several new products. The most important of which was rumoured about for a long time now: a smaller iPad. It's called the iPad mini, and has the potential to become the best-selling iPad - and thus, the best selling tablet.
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Interesting
by franksands on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 20:27 UTC
franksands
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2009-08-18

When was discovered that the resolution of the Surface RT was 1366x768, Thom said "poor, poor Surface", like this alone would be the end of MS' tablet.
Now, when the iPad mini has an even lower resolution, 1024x768, "Resolution isn't everything". Very interesting in seeing how one changes its own opinions so quickly, isn't it?

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RE: Interesting
by kurkosdr on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 20:40 in reply to "Interesting"
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2011-04-11

Dude, you do realize the Surface costs as much as the new iPad (the one with the retina(tm)(c) display), so it's only reasonable to compare against that? So, although resolution isn't everything, the comparison the buyer will make is indeed bad for the Surface (i think that's what he said by "poor, poor surface", not that it is a substandard product). The mini iPad is better compared to the Nexus 7, and as the poster said, it price and screen vs apps and enclosure.

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RE: Interesting
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 21:02 in reply to "Interesting"
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2005-06-29

When was discovered that the resolution of the Surface RT was 1366x768, Thom said "poor, poor Surface", like this alone would be the end of MS' tablet.
Now, when the iPad mini has an even lower resolution, 1024x768, "Resolution isn't everything". Very interesting in seeing how one changes its own opinions so quickly, isn't it?


7.9" vs 10"
$329 vs $499

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RE[2]: Interesting
by MollyC on Wed 24th Oct 2012 10:18 in reply to "RE: Interesting"
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2006-07-04

Will you be splurging on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro for its "retina display"? I hope not, because resolution aside, that is a p.o.s. device considering its $1700 price tag.

One thing I don't get about "retina display" fanboys, if "retina display" is so great, how come you guys don't demand it on your 27-inch monitors, where it would REALLY shine? Seems a waste on a small screen, if you ask me. I admit that my aging eyes aren't sharp enough to see individual pixels on a phone or tablet at 720p so using a higher resolution would make no difference to me on such small screens. But you young-uns claim to be able to see individual pixels on those small screens, and therefore do back flips over "retina display"; but it seems that on a big 23-inch or 27-inch monitor, you'd be able to see individual pixels even more, yet you're satisfied with 1080p on those big monitors. It makes no sense, and seems to me to be a good bit of brainwashing by Apple's superb marketing machine, an outfit which could successfully convice folks that a new Apple-branded abacus is a newly invented revolutionary "game changing" computing device.

When I see "retina display" fanboys condemn Apple's retina-display-less laptops and iMacs for lack of such a display AND when I see those same "retina display" fanboys open their wallets for Apple's retina display $1700 dual-core laptops and $2200 quad-core laptops for the sole purpose of getting a "retina display", then I'll believe that they really do think that "retina display" is all that and a bag of chips. But until then, I'll continue to maintain that "retina display" serves only two purposes: as a talking point for Apple's marketing machine as they run out of ideas, and as ammo for Apple's fanboys to use in the fanboy wars. ;)

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RE[2]: Interesting
by franksands on Wed 24th Oct 2012 12:03 in reply to "RE: Interesting"
franksands Member since:
2009-08-18

It's almost charming how kurkosdr and Thom are all completely avoid the issue. Isn't "retina display" the factor that set the iPad from the rest? Wasn't it the revolutionary feature that made all other tablets dinosaurs?

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RE: Interesting
by chithanh on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 21:53 in reply to "Interesting"
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

Surface: 32 GB flash (20 GB usable), Tegra3, 1366x768, $499

iPad 9.7": 16 GB flash (14 GB usable), A6X, 2048x1536, $499

Suddenly, the iPad sounds like better value than ever.

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