Raft of cheaper tablets cheapening the iPad experience?

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  1. ipad987

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    Do you think all those tablets that can now be bought for 1/4 of the ipad price but pretty effectively mimicking iPad's functions is cheapening the iPad? When iPad first came out 2 years ago it was a luxurious product, but since then a plethora of tablets at very affordable prices have hit the market. Owning an iPad no longer feels anything special. How is the iPad going to add value and aim at product differentiation?
     
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    Nope I don't. I don't know anyone that "no longer feels anything special" owning an iPad ~ as you can see cruising this forum ~ simply isn't true. Ipads are all over TV, news rooms, movies, series, college campuses. You name it.
     
  3. Gayle

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    IMHO, the iPad is in a class of its own--none of the other devices I have seen even come close!!
     
  4. Kaykaykay

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    It's true that tablets are more common now, but that's a good thing as far as I'm concerned. I buy gadgets for utility, not to feel special. The more common they become, the less likely they'll attract unwanted attention from thieves and such.
     
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    Do you mean it's no longer a status symbol?
     
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    Absolutey, Apple fan or not.


    Don't worry about other tablets flooding the market, this is natural progress. Just be concerned with your own affairs and enjoy them.
     
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    Thats actually a good point. Its like having the Rolex watch or the High -end jeans. You are "better" with an iPad :)

    Seriously - there arent any shortcuts when it comes to quality. Ive found over the years that when it comes to electronics you get what you pat for and you do NOT get what you do NOT pay for. A $200 Wally World branded tablet will act and behave just like you'd expect it to. It will never confuse itself with a $600 dollar iPad.

    If anything, all the crap out there just solidiefies my feeling that I made a great choice with my iPad 2.
     
  8. Fee Fi Fo Fum

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    I don´t think so neither, cheap tablet=cheap experience, any gadget will brake or malfunction some day, but the possibility is bigger with something made with less investment and based on a copy of the original product.
     
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    I don't think so....it's like saying cars from Toyota cheapens the Ferrari experience.

    Personally, if the company wouldn't have bought me an iPad2, I'd have a cheaper tablet. The iPad is great (I have a long list of gripes with it of course), but if it was my own money, I don't think it's $300-400 greater for what I want a tablet for. I am also not into the whole "oooh, I have something with an Apple logo so I am hip" thing.

    Also, it's about choices. People love choices. One size/choice does NOT fit all, which is why I personally tend to gravitate away from Apple and iOS in general, which tries to shoehorn everyone into one size, one browser, one keyboard, etc.

    I have absolutely no brand loyalty with electronics. If it has an Apple logo or runs Android or Windows or iOS, it doesn't matter to me. I have a list of what I need it to do, a list of what it would be nice to do, and a list of things I couldn't care less about. As long as it meets the first two at a reasonable price, I'm happy. Each person needs to make their own judgement on what they want/need and are willing to pay.
     
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    The thing is that ipads or tablets are a niche market...thats why ipad becomes a unique product..not everybody still buys a tablet...they are a FLOP/Failed product even now...its only ipads that sell..not tablets..so u can say this category has still got a long way to go and ipad is the only saving grace which stands out from the rest of them..thats why its unique!

    People buy iPads becoz of APPLE..the company has such a following that even if they sell a stone it will get sold :p
    Tablets in general will be successfull the day they properly replace laptops!

    Sent from my iPad 2 white 64 gb (ios 5.0.1) using iPF
     

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