In partnership with CBSSports.com
The largest and most active MSU Spartans board on the web
The place to ask questions to SpartanTailgate's recruiting experts
"The Duff" is dedicated to Michigan State football recruiting discussion
"The Bres" is dedicated to Michigan State basketball recruiting discussion
This is your pulpit to preach to the masses about everything from politics to religion
The place to buy, trade or sell Michigan State tickets
You have no favorite boards.
The most viewed topics.
The most replied to topics.
The most up-voted topics.
The most down-voted topics.
The most up-voted posters.
The most down-voted posters.
The most followed posters.
I don't know, I have an iPad and buy books from Apple.
I assume the Kindle is preloaded with an Amazon Book Store app, so most people would probably just going to use that. I would assume the Barnes and Noble Nook comes with an app that lets people purchase straight from Barnes and Noble. No idea if you can easily download books from other sources, but I'm guessing most people don't.
I saw people at Wrigley Field this summer taking pictures with their iPad. Who brings one to a baseball game?!?
I see Michigan State as a destination, not a stop.~Mark Dantonio
You don't think they get a cut of the price? Of course they do!
This guy for one:
re: my comments with regards to amazon and kindle being a "loss-leader" .... this is an article from Forbes....
Amazon makes nothing on Kindle devices. We've already heard plenty of speculation about the profit (or lack thereof) that Amazon makes on Kindle devices, but now we have it straight from the man himself. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has confirmed that Amazon makes no money on the devices, selling them at break-even prices to bolster sales of e-books and other online content. "We sell the hardware at our cost," Bezos said of the Kindle Fire HD and Paperwhite. The strategy helps them steer customers away from Apple, who sells more expensive e-reading devices at a profit. Amazon's loss-leader approach could turn out to be a better long-term strategy for retaining customers, and Bezos says the devices make readers hungrier for more books. "What we find is that when people buy a Kindle they read four times as much as they did before they bought the Kindle."
This post was edited by sarcyspice 21 months ago
I'm a huge Apple fanboy, but do not see the value of the Mini -- it's more expensive than Android units with far, far better screen resolution. They need to drop the price on this thing. Then, I'll be all over it. In the meantime, I guess my pair of iPhones, MacBook Pro, iPad 2 and iMac will have to tide me over.
"The iPad mini hasn't wrapped up the "cheapest tablet" market by any stretch of the imagination. But the "best small tablet" market? Consider it captured."
I'm shocked by all the positive reviews.
The iPad mini has arrived and so has our review. Just last week, Apple introduced the world to the newest member of its wildly successful tablet line, an adorable, diminutive slate with a...
Just store the map data from Google Maps. I do it all the time. It's limited to something like an 80 mile radius, but when you're going to a new city or something it works just fine.
I wouldn't be surprised if they are bankrolled by Apple.
OH LOOK - LWS started an anti-Apple thread....
Who would have guessed???
This post was edited by Bender 21 months ago
Nίκη για MSU
The Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD aren't loss-leaders. The Nexus 7 is estimated to cost roughly $160 to build (that was for the discontinued 8GB version). At the very worst, Google probably comes out even when you factor in marketing and everything, but more likely they're making a few bucks on each 8GB unit (and more on the 16GB, and now 32GB units).
Then you have all the services associated with it. Google keeps 30% of every app sold on the Play store. They get a cut of all the books, music, and movies they sell as well. All of those things have almost no Google-associated cost to them.
And finally, you have advertising. Google makes Chrome, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Docs, and many other apps that are pre-loaded on every single Android device. Apple makes absolutely zero dollars in this area.
But back to the original point, Google and Amazon are not taking a loss on their hardware devices. Their margins are much smaller than Apple's, but they make up for it elsewhere as you said. I just wanted to clear up that their hardware isn't a loss-leader, because it's an oft-mentioned misconception.
This is the same Verge whose review was quoted during the keynote event. I like the Verge, and they do a great job, but they are definitely under the spell of the Apple distortion field. As long as you remove 0.5-1.0 points from their review score for Apple products, you should be ok.
In the effort of time I just picked one. Had a few to choose from.
I'm not surprised. I think it's a solid first attempt at a "Kindle-like" device. I don't think the traditional iPad's portability was its strong feature.
The review isn't really biased honestly. I don't know where some of you are coming from.
I still think I may wait for a higher resolution version.
So I've checked out a few other tablets and while the Nexus 7 is nice, it's not for me.
I think I'm going to dive in to the iPad Mini + LTE.
Anyone know how pricing works with Verizon? I don't have time to go to one of their stores right now but I have an unlimited data plan with my phone. If this is a cellular, LTE model, can that same unlimited data plan be used for my new iPad Mini I'm about to purchase?
So I got an iPad mini and it's fucking awesome.
Answering a few questions about it that I presented earlier:
- You can buy a Verizon iPad from Apple and not have to register it with Verizon. You're paying extra for the Verizon antenna.
- I got a 2 Gig data plan for it exclusively because you cannot carry over unlimited phone data to the iPad
- However, there are share everything plans that can share data among devices on a family plan. You could have multiple iPads and phones share 8 gigs with unlimited talk and text
I highly recommend saving up to get one. It's a perfect size and is simply one of the best technological devices ever made.
Agreed. Had Verizon iPad Mini since the 16th and I take it everywhere! It's fits inside my coat pocket unlike a regular iPad. I have a sprint cell phone and get no signal at work. Our work computers have severely restricted internet access which sucks badly. So the mini has a perfect fit for me. I get great LTE signal at work so I can slack off 75% of the work day. It's big enough to really enjoy playing games and web browsing, yet small enough to throw a paper over it and not get caught by boss lady.
Class of 2010
247Sports In partnership with CBS Sports