Confirming the flood of rumours and leaks circulating around the Internet for months, Apple has introduced the iPad mini. Ofcourse this comes as sweet departure from previous Apple’s 7inch-wont-fit-for-tablet stand , thanks to the impressive demand for smaller, 7inch Android tablets , Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
Highlights : iPad Mini
No Retina Boys
The display resolution of 1024*768 which is the same as that of the iPad 2 is surely disappointing considering the fact that even the Google Nexus 7 packs in much better resolution of 1280*800 in a tighter 7 inch display .
Bigger Screen Space
Despite packing a smaller resolution, the iPad mini features a 7.9 inch display which is bigger than most of the 7 incher Android tablets out there. In fact the iPad Mini has a 49% larger display area in portrait and 67 % in landscape when compared to the Nexus 7.
It’s Lighter than the competition
Despite looking unusually big for a tablet targeting the 7 inch segment, Apple has managed to keep the weight of the iPad to a surprising 0.68 lbs. (308 grams) , which is surely welcome. Mind you it is going to be lighter than its closest competitor’s Amazon Kindle Fire HD which weighs 400 grams and the Nexus 7 which weighs around 340 grams both having a smaller screen.
Under the Hood
The iPad Mini sports a dual core A5 processor, which might be the same as the one in the iPhone 4S. Definitely not the most powerful processor on a 7 inch tablet, it will be interesting to see the mini’s A5 pitted against Nexus’s Tegra 3.
Includes Rear Camera
Now this makes the device a lot more worth than both the Android pedigrees which don’t sport any rear camera. iPad Mini sports the same 5 MP iSight Camera as in the bigger iPad with full 1080p video recording along with the regular front camera. Of course, this is nowhere close to your digicam replacement, but definitely adds purchase value. Also the iPad mini will be much more portable than the iPad for taking snaps, so this is definitely a bonus.
Again, Apple scores where its competitors are lacking. Apple is also selling 4G LTE versions of the iPad mini at a slightly higher price, which will again help it entice its more customers. Interesting thing here is that the LTE Nexus 7 is “supposed” to be launching soon.
Apple knows how to squeeze in great battery and it has done the same with the iPad mini, which it claims to have up to 10 hours of battery. Take this with a pinch of salt though as both the rival Android tablets sport the same battery life.
The iPad Mini is priced at tad steep price of $329 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only version. We say steep because of the lack of the retina display which would have added to the production costs significantly. Add up cellular and you could go all the way up to $659 for 64 GB LTE version.
It is going to sell millions for a simple reason
One of the biggest advantages of the iPad Mini is the fact that all the existing 275 thousand odd apps on the App Store built specifically for the iPad are going to work on it without any sort of modifications. Mind you despite the fantastic specs, both Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7 have a very limited selection of tablet optimized apps. This very fact will ensure that millions of iPad mini’s will ship very soon. The Rear Camera, LTE support, wider screen are just the extra perks.