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How Will Amazon, Barnes & Noble Survive The iPad Mini?

redletterdave (2493036) writes | more than 2 years ago

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redletterdave writes "For about a year, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble were almost completely alone in the 7-inch tablet market. It was nice while it lasted. The past few months have seen Google and Microsoft unveil their 7-inch tablet offerings — the Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface, respectively — and it looks like Apple is about ready to get into the mini tablet game, too. If Apple releases its first "iPad Mini" next month, what can Amazon and Barnes & Noble do to keep the Cupertino colossus at bay, as well as the other new competitors in the 7-inch tablet game?"
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Slam Microsoft at every straw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40964027)

If you're going to do it, do it with some trace of accuracy, Surface is not a 7 inch tablet.

obvious suspects... (1)

nerdyalien (1182659) | more than 2 years ago | (#40964371)

People,

1. Who already subscribed to Apple content services i.e. iTunes
2. Who found regular iPad is too big/clunky to carry around
3. Who never heard other available tablets options

Sorry, but I am not excited at all about this device. I completely ruled out the possibility of buying any size tablet for the foreseeable future.

As for my justification, I still think tablets are just a *toy*, and you can't use it for any hardcore productive activities i.e. coding, writing technical papers. Yes, it serves the purpose of content consumption. Having weighed all these pros & cons, I ordered a highly customized ThinkPad X230... and got it just today.

If I have a little hope in the tablet space... it has to be the M$ Surface; but I am not sure how far I can get used to Win8... so far, I have a love-hate relationship with it.

The Surface isn't a 7" tablet (1)

blibbler (15793) | more than 2 years ago | (#40964621)

Microsoft's surface will be 10.6", larger than the iPad. http://www.microsoft.com/global/surface/en/us/renderingassets/surfacespecsheet.pdf [microsoft.com]
Other inaccuracies from a cursory look at the article:
* The Kindle fire was $300 cheaper than the cheapest iPad at the time it was released, but this is no longer true. The iPad2 is now only $200 more than the Fire.
* Nobody outside of Amazon knows what it costs to produce a Fire, but recent articles suggest that it has fallen so Amaxon can now make a decent profit selling them. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/23/amazon-kindlefire-idUSL2E8INHHZ20120723 [reuters.com]
* How does the author know that the Barnes & Noble are not working on a replacement tablet. Lack of rumours is not evidence that they are not working on it.

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