Originally Posted by Vadania
I have to agree with Tallest Skill on this. I have spent months wondering what I would use a smaller iPad for and whether or not I would purchase one given the availability to do so
An interesting analysis, but I think the part I highlighted is where it all goes wrong for me.
It's a great insight into you and your needs/opinions, but that's all it is. It doesn't tell me whether or not the iPad mini is a good idea, it just tells me whether it's a good idea for you. I'm hoping there is an iPad mini in the offing because for me, it would be the perfect device, but whether I love it and you hate it is irrelevant to whether the thing is actually going to appear.
For counter arguments I would say two things:
1) - and you kind of mention this yourself - pretty much every tablet out there besides the iPad that is popular is a 7" tablet, used primarily for reading and priced between $150-$250. that alone seems sufficient reason for me to make an iPad mini assuming the price point is roughly the same. I don't know about you but all I see on the train is iPads, and people with kindle/nook readers.
2) - Personally, I think the iPad mini could end up being the "iPad Pro." As someone who uses an iPad a lot and does lots of writing and other content creation on it, I would prefer the smaller form factor as it would make the typing go a lot faster and the one thing the current iPad is not good at is typing.
I think the purported iPad mini is a better size and better form factor than the original iPad and I often used to argue before the iPad was revealed that this was the form factor they must go with. I now see that this would have been a failure in that a lot of folks would have trouble with the small size at the same time as they are learning the whole multi-touch thing and it would have been immensely frustrating for most users. Additionally, you can't properly use a keyboard case with an iPad mini (although I'm sure a lot of crazy people will try), meaning that the single most popular way of using an iPad wouldn't have really been possible if they launched with a tablet this small.
I feel that they started off with the bigger iPad simply to make the platform "catch on" as a possible computer replacement, and that now it's done that, they can move to the smaller form factor that should really have been there all along. As I said, I think the mini is really the new "pro." It would be lighter, easier to carry, easier to type on and just be generally all around better.