Raft of cheaper tablets cheapening the iPad experience?

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by ipad987, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. mwhartman

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    the term curmudgeon comes to mind :p
     
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    I believe that ipad987 suggested that there were devices that performed most things an IPAD does. An example of such a device, in my mind, is a nook tablet or kindle fire. While one may argue that it does not do MOST of an IPAD function, one could equally argue that it does nearly ALL of the important things for most people. Personally, I did not replace my nook color with an iPad for lack of function. I replaced it purely for the the larger screen, and chose the iPad purely based upon a general interest in experiencing the apple thing. If one can live with a smaller screen, I suspect many would find either to be very capable replacements for the iPad. I suspect the reason that they are "cheaper" however, is that they are subsidized.

    On the other hand, I am also owner of the acer Tab. I find that it does EVERYTHING that an iPAD does, and even more. However, I find that it does not do many of those things as well. I especially dislike the screen response. Sometimes swipes are interpreted and presses, or swipes-then-presses, and vice versa. For day-to-day use (which was not my purpose), I would find it VERY frustrating, even to the point of being unusable.

    My conclusions on the cheaper tablets (acer tab) suggests that it is not about WHAT they can or cannot do, but the general user interraction experience. I find the differentiating feature of the iPAD is simply how well the touch screen responds and the relative lack of unintended command responses, the smoothness of the response, and the general feel of the device. I conclude that the raft of cheaper tablets can actually make one more appreciate the iPad for those who can afford it.

    It is like a honda vs BMW thing. BMWs do nothing that other cars don't do, and do even better in some cases. Some are faster. Some get better milage. All get you there. However, for the BMW fan, there is apparently nothing that matches the general feel when doing so.
     
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    Agreed. I have a Fire and would never buy one as an iPad alternative unless I couldn't afford an iPad. It works, but like a $200 device. That's why I don't see anyone shortchanged.

    When we're talking about devices that work as well, we have to talk about the whole package, including smoothness and ease of function, because otherwise we'd be talking about nothing but hardware, which isn't why most people buy mobile devices.
     
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    My experience with the fire is only at the local stores. However, I would not make this statement about the nook color. I find that it works quite well and exceeds my expectations based on price. I find the touch response and smoothness rivaled the iPad. I was VERY happy with it, except for screen size. Perhaps the fire is not as nice as I percieve?
     
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    Don't know, because there's a lot of subjectivity involved. I tried a Nook Color before I gave one as a gift, but that was maybe a year ago, and I didn't care for its interface. The recipient was hoping for an upgrade from an earlier model and seemed pleased with it.

    I like Fire for reading, but I would use its Web browser only in a pinch. Netflix works fine on it. My uses are limited because I have iPad. I'm trying out some Android apps on Fire, in hopes of the Samsung Galaxy Note.
     
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    Yes, I understand your view of that aspect of the nook. I probably agree. The biggest complaint I had regarding the software interface was that it took three presses (home >> apps >> specific app) to run a program. It was definitely focused on reading.

    Possibly the strongest perception that the nook left me with was that it was the EASIEST piece of technology I ever used in terms of setup and intuition. It is just as simple and easy as they come. For those who value such things, it is hard to beat. The fact that my wife uses it with minimal questions tends to confirm this view.
     
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    I think it's great that there are so many devices to choose from. Things will continue to get better and cheaper (or at least you'll get more for your dollar), I'd expect.

    Having used a Kindle e-ink device, iDevices and a Fire, and having tried a Nook, I'd say they're all reasonably easy to use, and I'm lazy at learning tech; I basically want something to work nearly out of the box. But some people seem to struggle even with what seem like basic things on easy devices. I'm not sure how much easier they will get.

    They don't have to get much easier as young people grow up with them. I've seen kids who know how to use touch devices long before they can walk, and I mean use them, like they know that tapping a certain spot will yield a specific result. So it's unlikely that many of the next generation will be stumped like some of us are now.
     
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    I think the Fire is a fine $200 device, and I own a Galaxy Tab 8.9 that is arguably nicer to hold than the iPad 2. I gave my dad a Xoom to browse on and he adores it. But none of those devices would I prefer to use day to day given the choice.

    That's the thing though. I owned an expensive Windows UMPC a few years ago that was state of the art technologically for a small tablet. Just about every major Android tablet on the market wipes the floor with that device in useability. We have a multitude of riches to choose from in the mobile space and it will only improve. The market always changes in this tech.
     
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    I had an Ipod touch,loved it,and wanted a larger version.
    I bought the Iphone because I had itunes. And it is grandfathered unlimited 3G.
    Then when they presented the Ipad and added the 30/month unlimited 3G(grandfathered) I bought it.
    Most useful device I ever owned.

    I've owned 1400 shares of AAPL since I bought it under $5/share years ago and still hold.
    So I could buy pretty much afford any kind of phone or device I want.
     
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    Ive seen little kids do the same thing....I dont know if its scary or a good thing. :D

    As for other tabelts, the more the merrirer as far as the consumer is concerned. The quality goes up and the prices go down with competition so bring it on!
     

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