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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RE[2]: plastic is not crap
by unclefester on Wed 24th Oct 2012 06:00 UTC 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[3]: plastic is not crap
by MOS6510 on Wed 24th Oct 2012 06:29 in reply to "RE[2]: plastic is not crap"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

So you're saying we shouldn't use an iPad mini for arial combat?

If a near future article states "the iPad mini hasn't taken off" I now know the deeper meaning behind it.

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RE[3]: plastic is not crap
by acobar on Wed 24th Oct 2012 11:42 in reply to "RE[2]: plastic is not crap"
acobar Member since:
2005-11-15

From a materials engineering perspective you are right. Problem is, people or lacks the knowledge, in which case they just throw all kind of plastics in the same trashcan, or go for what they see as beautiful, what can be disputed as wise but is a valid argument, or do not give a damn and sheep follows whatever is trend.

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RE[3]: plastic is not crap
by leos on Fri 26th Oct 2012 19:58 in reply to "RE[2]: plastic is not crap"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

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.


Good point. As we all know, a fighter aircraft hull and a consumer tablet have the exact same design requirements.

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RE[3]: plastic is not crap
by leos on Fri 26th Oct 2012 20:00 in reply to "RE[2]: plastic is not crap"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

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.


Uhh.. No. Plastic is widely used in disposable packaging. Aluminum and glass are way more expensive and used far less for that reason.

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