No, Alan, I don't wear a Bluetooth headset, and I wouldn't wear one all the time either. It wouldn't serve me in what I need. I don't need or want to be reachable 24/7. This is one reason why a so called "phablet" would serve me well. I am still thinking about it, though.
You mean you'd consider carrying an iPad Mini -- with a Bluetooth headset -- and use it as a phone + tablet? I know people have discussed this and some have used smaller tablets as phones. In Europe some tablets that include phone capabilities aren't available with phone capabilities in the U.S.
If that would work for you, fine. It seems somewhat awkward to me. But if you're always carrying a tablet in your purse and always wearing a Bluetooth headset, perhaps it could work well for you. However, people who wear Bluetooth headsets all the time aren't looked upon favorably!
I've been reading and listening to tech podcasts about about the Apple/Samsung lawuits. The decision could significantly affect mobile phone development. I don't know whether I would like to be on the jury or whether all the details would be too mind-boggling. But that's another subject....
I've been toying with the idea of merging the iPhone with, let's say, a 7-inch iPad. You could (some could) eliminate one device -the smartphone, in this case. I am looking at simplicity and practicality here. You could keep a 10-inch tablet -for the reasons we have discussed before, and your favourite laptop. That would be mu ideal case in terms of devices.
Indeed, September and October are going to be interesting, and quite active. :) Plus, let's not forget all the Apple-Samsung patent saga at the same time, its outcome will translate in some changes, too.
Yes, the options are great, but even techies like me don't want to own everything! I don't mind testing lots of devices, though.
That said, owning a desktop and a laptop makes sense. So does owning a ten inch tablet for home and other functions and perhaps even a seven inch tablet for portability and ebooks. Then there's owning a Kindle because E Ink is easier on the eyes than backlit screens for many people. And then there's the 50 inch, 60 inch or larger TV for the living room and a few smaller sets for other rooms.
All the choices, though, does make it difficult not only for consumers but also for businesses trying to decide what to buy within their budgets.
Google has shown that a quality $199 tablet can be built, but Google isn't making much profit, if anything, on it. Apple doesn't work that way. It tries to maintain high profit margins while also going after market share.
I think a $249 iPad Mini could be a huge success, but will it cannibalize ten-inch iPad sales? And then there's Microsoft's Windows RT Surface on the horizon and other Windows tablets.
Sorry for not replying sooner. Many people would like a single device that does everything, perhaps one phone and one computer -- and that's it. No need for a desktop computer and a laptop and no need for a tablet at all, let alone two tablets of different sizes.
It all depends on your use case. Some people prefer hardback books; some prefer paperbacks, and others read hardbacks at home and paperbacks when traveling.
I think "the more the merrier" is good for giving people choices. Many people probably will want an iPad Mini because they can't afford the existing iPad.
I'm thinking that at some near future date Apple may be forced to lower prices at the expense of their profit margins. A $249 mini would be a real sale push. Then would other brands start a price war? Probably. It would be interesting to see devices at $250 and under and hopefully maintaining quality and innovation.
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