Welcome to the fraternity of the bullheaded. You are in good company as the last girl friend called me the most bullheaded person she ever knew. That being said here I don't think you really see what is going on in the larger world.
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
A smaller iPad would be worse
at everything the iPad can do. Lower resolution,
Not really lower resolution, lower pixel count maybe but if they put the same number of pixels in this thing that iPad2 has then by definition it is higher resolution. Maybe not retina but I suspect a very very good user experience.
shorter battery life, slower processor,
You really don't know this, battery life can be extended in a number of ways and a process shrink may mean close to iPad 3 performance. Remember the vast majority of the power used in iPad 3 goes to the screen backlight.
worse graphics, gimped connectivity, and we're hearing it might have a plastic back.
There is nothing wrong with a plastic back. there are engineering resins out there that have never been used in consummer electronics that would make for a very rugged iPad Mini.
The only benefit, if you can call it that, is that it's smaller. Big whoop.
People say, 'portability'. You can't put this thing in a pocket. You have to carry it around in a hand, just like you would a regular iPad, only this one is so small that it barely justifies carrying it around in that manner. "So they put it in their purse," they say. So Apple's supposed to make a product only for women? I mean no disrespect to men who carry purses, but come on. That's not a valid reason to make a product.
If you don't think portability is important you are missing out on Apples great success story with the Touch. Touch is used by a surprising number of people in business and education because of it's size and cost advantages. IPad Mini can easily become the go to solution for business.
People say, 'cost'. That's why the iPad 2 is still for sale. In seven more months, the iPad 2 will be $299. That kills every other tablet on the market right now, even more so than the 70+% shipment and 95% use of the iPad over other tablets already does. Cost is the reason the iPhone 4 and 3GS are still for sale. They fill the low-end gap that the "iPhone nano" was imagined to fill without making compromises in the way of features like a smaller simultaneous iPad would.
This makes no sense at all. People will buy iPad Mini simply because of it's size. Unfortunately this is exactly why you dismiss the Mini.
People say, 'usability'. I say, "Yes, lessened." Size-wise it comes out to, what, about half the size of the iPad.
That is like saying my iPhone isn't usable.
Cut an iPad in half and that's about what a 7" one would be, right?
No! I'm beginning to think you are trolling as this is such a non arguement as to be ridiculous.
And let's assume the "thinner side bezel" bit is true. That drops at least one way of holding it in landscape and nearly every comfortable way in portrait. But even if there's a uniform bezel, it's going to be just large enough to not be graspable (not holdable, graspable) with a single hand.
That depends upon ones hands. IPad 3 can easily be used held in one hand if you really want too. IPad Mini would be significantly easier to hold simply due to being lighter and smaller creating less torque in ones hands.
The size (specifically width) makes it psychologically close enough to a phone that people'll desire to hold it like one. And when they can't, there'll be trouble. And this whole bit has just been about hardware; imagine the keyboard on this thing. No ten finger typing for anyone, no sir. Not even children.
Yeah who does ten finger typing on iPad 3, iPhone, Touch or any competeing device for that matter. Beyond that you seem to think humanity to be an un-adaptable beast which doesn't say much at all about your position here.