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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plastic is not crap
by unclefester on Wed 24th Oct 2012 04:38 UTC
unclefester
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2007-01-13

High impact polymers ie "plastic" is not cheap crap. It is actually the optimum case material for phones and tablets. Aluminium and glass are the real "crap" materials - glass is heavy and structurally weak and aluminium scrathes and dents easily.

The problem is that industrial designers such James Dyson and Jonathon Ives can't draw or sculpt well enough to be real artists. They also aren't intelligent enough to be real engineers. So they produce highly compromised designs that perform badly and lack durability. [eg Dyson vacuum cleaners consistently perform worse than much cheaper conventional models.]

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RE: plastic is not crap
by leos on Wed 24th Oct 2012 04:51 in reply to "plastic is not crap"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

High impact polymers ie "plastic" is not cheap crap.


Well you can't argue that it's cheap (as in inexpensive). And it certainly has a cheaper feel than metal.

Aluminium and glass are the real "crap" materials - glass is heavy and structurally weak and aluminium scrathes and dents easily.


Hmm..
Nexus 7: 340 grams
Kindle: 413 grams
Galaxy Tab: 347 grams.

iPad Mini: 308 grams.

Yeah, that metal and glass is so heavy.

Edited 2012-10-24 04:52 UTC

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RE[2]: plastic is not crap
by unclefester on Wed 24th Oct 2012 06:00 in reply to "RE: plastic is not crap"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Well you can't argue that it's cheap (as in inexpensive). And it certainly has a cheaper feel than metal.


Glass and aluminium are incredibly cheap materials. This is a major reason why glass and aluminium are widely used for disposable food and beverage packaging.

The current aluminium price is a mere $2.40/kg. So the aluminium in a iPad is worth about 20 cents.


Hmm..
Nexus 7: 340 grams
Kindle: 413 grams
Galaxy Tab: 347 grams.

iPad Mini: 308 grams.

Yeah, that metal and glass is so heavy.


You are trying (very unsucessfully) to be sarcastic.

Why do you think modern fighter aircraft have carbon fibre fuselages and polycarbonate canopies? Hint: these material are stronger and lighter than alumium and glass.

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RE: plastic is not crap
by zima on Sat 27th Oct 2012 01:48 in reply to "plastic is not crap"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

High impact polymers ie "plastic" is not cheap crap. It is actually the optimum case material for phones and tablets. Aluminium and glass are the real "crap" materials - glass is heavy and structurally weak and aluminium scrathes and dents easily.
[...] highly compromised designs that perform badly and lack durability.

Worse, glass & aluminium feel unpleasantly cold to the touch ...here, used in a device you're supposed to hold in your hands, WTH?

I hated my Nokia E50 for that reason, don't want to get anything metal-clad any more. It baffles me that people seem to love it (or does fashion overrule ~hate?)

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