Originally Posted by nht
True but from a value perspective, even at full price the iPods fare poorly vs the iPad Mini. A 5" iPad Nano with LTE data would be killer filling the need for super sized iPhones and retain pocket ability.
I don't need to call my kid if I can as reliably iMessage them. Or even FaceTime.
I agree in the sense that I'm basically just waiting for the day when I can ditch my iPhone and use one device, and I envision that device as an iPad mini size, or slightly smaller.
I disagree over the 5" designation though. It's too small for a proper tablet, and I see the value in "phablets" as being the value of a small tablet, not a large phone. I think there are a lot of folks, (especially the large Americans), that want a bigger phone simply because their fingers are too fat or they refuse to learn how to work the keyboard and the autocorrect properly. I don't think these folks should be listened to.
I do think there is a growing "pro" use case wherein people (like me, but there are many others I believe), want a small, pocketable tablet that covers off all their mobile needs and doesn't require them to also buy and manage some sort of phone. I think "phones" are soon going out of style, if they haven't already.
I think that the current iPad mini could easily lose half of it's side bezels again and be a better device for it. It could easily be slightly smaller in all dimensions. If it also had phone capability and a "proper" (separate digitiser), stylus it would be miraculous. I think a product in that form factor would dominate the market for a decade at least. It will probably arrive sometime around 2015 or 2016 but I'm having a hard time waiting.