iPad mini $250?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by pizz, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. pizz macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2007
    $329 iPad mini has wifi + 16gb. Now I can get a maxed out Nexus 7 with wifi, LTE, 32gb for $249.... seems like a no brainer. Until they drop the price to around $250, im finding it harder and harder to justify buying a mini!
  2. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    Ok, get the Nexus 7 then. Not quite sure what the point of this thread is. You don't seem to have a question or need input from anyone, and I'm not sure what kind of discussion you're looking for, if any. There's lots of other threads about this...
  3. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    Apple versus Google ecosystem. If that doesn't bother you, go for it. There are other factors involved obviously but you will have decide which is best for you.

    I have a 16gb Nexus 7 and the Mini. I love both! :)
  4. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    business class versus luxury class

    that's why you pay extra for the good stuff
  5. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Then don't justify it, purchase something else :rolleyes: This thread is utterly redundant...
  6. rojder macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2012
    I have just enough cash for an iPad mini or cheaper. Whatever I get will be my portable computer for the foreseeable future. The Nexus 7 is appealing on paper, but I can't help but see a picture forming the more I read hints or outright exasperation at how cheap and flawed it is.

    My original iPod touch is both my enticement and anxiety toward an iPad. On one hand, it is still a superb little device, save for the broken headphone jack. Still feels extremely elegant and comes in handy for various things. Many of my app purchases made over the years will carry over to the mini.

    But on the other hand, it has been stuck with an outdated version of the OS for a couple of years now, since Apple dropped support after iOS 4.2, and apps I've purchased have gradually grown incompatible or unusable.

    A $330 iPad with 512 mb and an older processor scares me. I'm sure it is an absolute joy to use and runs very smooth today, but it is too easy to imagine the not-too-distant day that iOS and some of my favorite apps leave it in the dust.
  7. raremage macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2005
    Orlando, Florida
    It's not for everyone. Enjoy the Nexus if that's what you really want.
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. OP if you find better value in the Nexus 7 and it suits your needs, then get it.
  9. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Then buy the Nexus 7. Why in the world would we care?
  10. pizz thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2007
    Just seems Nexus has more bang for the buck which is always the case but even more now the price differences are so huge for what u get. I could maybe justify if it the mini had a retina! but I get that Apple has to introduce a "new" improved mini next year although im sure they could have included one now.
  11. teknikal90 macrumors 68030


    Jan 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    quit the pretentious snobby upperclass vs. middleclass crap please... you're buying a $300 facebook, angry birds and email machine that was machine manufactured and glued together in a sweatshop factory in china for the general best-buy population who find the $500 price of the bigger model too expensive. a far cry from a 'classy' high-society device aka. $8k Vertu and the likes...

    Here's how you break this thing down properly:
    Nexus 7: $199 - 16gb Wifi
    Ecosystem (iOS advantage): $100 - that's the premium I place on app selection
    Better Build quality: $ 50 - Value you can put on the camera + build
    Refined OS (smoothness): $ 50 - iOS vs. Jelly Bean.
    TOTAL $399
    What I think is the value of an iPad Mini. Obviously the value can be higher or less depending on how much you value the ecosystem and OS smoothness.
    but this has nothing to do with 'class' and all that narcissistic crap.
  12. Timechaser macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Where can I buy a 32GB Nexus 7 with LTE capability for only $250?
  13. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
  14. pizz thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2007
    I agree.. the old A5 chip and 512 and no retina? cmon if they could squeeze the new tprocessor and retina into an ipod and iphone then why not a mini iPad? I get its all about extending the product cycle and not blowing their load all at one time because in reality they have nothing new or innovative lined up for next year so its just going to be another round of so called "updates"
  15. MacinTosh.0 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2012
    Seriously. What's the point of this thread? When has Apple ever lowered its prices on products just to compete with their counterparts? You've been a member since 2007. I'm sure you know the answer to this one.
  16. Timechaser macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2010
    OK - thanks for clearing up the price issue for me :)

    My next question is - Is there any way that my AT&T unlimited data plan can be transfered from my current iPad to a Nexus 7?
  17. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    narcissism has nothing to do with my post

    it's what it is, built at a higher class of specification

    the thinness and beauty makes it luxurious to experience

    business class means "just enough to get by" … nothing fancy
  18. davidjacobs21 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
    Plus the Nexus 7 doesnt have LTE at 299, only HSPA+
  19. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Great, you're unhappy. We get it. Get a blog where you can write about it all, buy a Nexus, and move on. It's totally okay and no one here will think differently of you buddy.

    And I certainly don't think that the mini is "luxury" and the Nexus is "business" class. Or whatever the freak someone said. /shrug
  20. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    The Nexus 7 performs quite poorly compared to iPad mini. It's got no camera on the back, the front one is low resolution. It's made of plastic and build quality is craptastic. The main drawback is no video out of any kind. I'd have to reply on Google's wireless features which are poor at best at the moment. Let's not forget that basically every single "tablet" app on Google's ecosystem is basically a blown up smartphone app. It's a poor use of what is already a pretty poor bit of screen real estate. But hey, you get what you pay for. If you buy an Android device, it's obviously inferior to an Apple device. Whatever floats your boat, go for it. The rest of us don't care.
  21. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    Plus 1GB RAM and HD display.

    Oh... And GPS on the WIFI model.

    Seriously, Apple? Why do you hate us? :D:D
  22. pizz, Nov 15, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2012

    pizz thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2007
    Ive been a fan of Apple from back in the day. I dont mind paying a primeum if im getting something better but i just dont see it in the mini
  23. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Wow. You truly are uninformed, aside from the comments about the back camera and lack of video out (although it does stream video via AirPlay-line methods).
  24. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    But the iPad mini has the :apple: on it. :p

    Jokes aside, you are correct. When you compare specs the Nexus 7 beats the iPad mini in almost every way. Processor, screen, storage/price, etc. Now some will argue the App store is better than the Play store. Never used the App store, but to me the Play store apps are more than great.

    But the fact remains that the iPad mini starting price of $329 should be at $199 or less. I'd say $149 - $179 with those specs.
  25. sc4rf4c3 macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2012
    Define higher class of specification. Is it made of gold or platinum? Since when being thin make something luxurious. Like what the other guy said cut the crap about this luxury ******.

    To the OP if you think the Nexus 7 is a bang for the buck go for it and be happy.

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