Re: Ipad mini price!!!! Horrible
The price of the iPad mini is fine. Anybody's who's bought Apple stuff already knows it's never going to be the cheapest. Take a look at iPods. You can get a cheap MP3 player for like $10. The cheapest iPod is still $50. The reason you buy Apple stuff is because it's easier to use than the competition and you have access to the Apple ecosystem. You buy the iPad mini because you get access to 250,000 tablet apps. If that's not a big deal to the buyer, then he should definitely get a N7 or one of those Playbooks for like $99.
There was an article written by a blogger name John Gruber. In it, he basically describes the "niceness" of the iPhone 5, how it really is a feat of engineering and manufacturing technology. It also applies to just about everything else Apple makes. His premise is that there is value to "niceness," but that value is different for everybody. There are some for whom how "nice" something feels in the hand is of not much consequence, they value utility beyond all, and "bang for the buck" is what they're after. There are others though, for whom "niceness" is really an important factor in choosing something, and for them the so called "bang for the buck" factor isn't as important. It's really for the latter group Apple designs their stuff for because obviously, Apple doesn't need to spend the extra engineering time and money to design their stuff as "nice" as it is. The problem for some is that "niceness" doesn't come free, or their value of "nice" doesn't coincide with how Apple values "nice." In the case of the iPad mini, "niceness" costs $330.