Why You Should Say No to the Apple iPad Mini

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2 Dec 2012

Say No to the Apple Mini

You’re probably wondering why I think I’m qualified enough to tell you not to purchase the Apple iPad Mini. It’s new, it’s shiny, it’s from Apple. Of course, you should want it, right? It’s what people do whenever Apple releases anything, they should flock to it, right? Nevermind that Steve Jobs laughed about making a 7 inch tablet not too long ago.

Okay, let me check my sarcastic tone for a moment and state that most people already have the Apple iPad. 100 million in total and counting, over 90% of the tablet market belongs to the Apple iPad and all they’ve sold so far was the 9.7″ version that now carries (3rd generation) their Retina Display technology on their display effectively displaying 2048 by 1536, doubling what the iPad 2 offered when it was released in early 2011.

But the Apple iPad Mini is just like the Apple iPad 2. It has the same A5 CPU. It has the same 1024 by 768 resolution at a smaller 7.9″ and with a much thinner bezel – I hate thick bezels personally. It’s built with the same Apple fit and trim, a matte aluminum back that’s either black or white, a better front-facing camera than the 3rd Generation iPad.

7.9-inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
1024 by 768 resolution at 163ppi
Dual-core A5
1.2 megapixels forward facing FaceTime camera (720p HD)
5.0 megapixels back camera with Autofocus (1080p HD)
0.68 pound (308g)
10 Hour Battery
802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth 4.0
16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacity

So it’s a tad bit over a half of a pound, a lot less than its big brother which weighs almost 2.5 times more.

I have to admit though. I love the form factor. It’s the perfect size for when traveling, reading on the toilet go and honestly the non-Retina Display optimized apps seem to not suffer as much as you’d think for a device with a lesser than Retina Display device display. It’s not a bad deal after all; however if you’re an avid reader of books or comic books, the lacking resolution does play a bit of havoc with legibility and sharpness (of comic book art especially).

Should you buy one? Only if you don’t have a tablet already. Should you buy the Apple iPad Mini? Only if you’ve invested a ton of time and money into the iTunes ecosystem and are totally unwilling to consider an Asus Google Nexus 7 or Amazon Kindle Fire HD – which both have higher resolutions but lack the iPad Mini’s back camera.

For the same amount of storage – 32gb for instance, the Apple iPad Mini is $429 whereas the 32gb Asus Google Nexus 7 is only $249. No, I did not transpose the 4 and the 2. The Apple iPad Mini does cost that much more.

My take? Wait until the inevitable display update with Retina Display is announced next year. Or buy one for a college student that doesn’t want to carry the heavier 9.7″ Apple iPad.

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1 Response to Why You Should Say No to the Apple iPad Mini


mahi kashyap

December 6th, 2012 at 2:22 am

Thanks for sharing above article.. Most of us would even not know that its just like ipad 2.. SO thanks again for this awareness


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