Apple Unveils 7.9" iPad mini, 16GB Model Starts at $329
October 23, 2012 1:50 PM
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Apple goes for the kill in the tablet market
Although tablets have long existed on the market, it wasn't until Apple introduced the
iPad in 2010
that the world stood up and took notice. Apple followed up on the success of the original with the
iPad 2 in 2011
"New iPad" earlier this year
While those 9.7" tablets were introduced with price points of $499 and above, Apple today is looking to conquer the budget market with the
introduction of the iPad mini
. The iPad mini forgoes the bulkier frame of its larger siblings for a more svelte frame and 7.85" display.
Speaking of the display, Apple's competitors can gloat a bit on this aspect of the iPad mini; at least when it comes to screen resolution. Like the original iPad and iPad 2, the iPad mini sports a 1024x768 resolution screen. Compared to the competition from
Barnes and Noble
, the iPad mini comes up short:
Kindle Fire HD 7": 1280x800
Kindle Fire HD 8.9": 1920x1080
Nook HD 7": 1440x900
Nook HD+ 8.9": 1920x1280
Despite the seemingly archaic screen resolution -- which is being retained to maintain compatibility with the existing iPad app library and to reduce power consumption -- Apple points to superb viewing angles and better color reproduction.
The iPad mini uses a dual-core A5 processor, faster WiFi, Lightning connector, and includes a 5MP cameras on the back. The iPad mini is just 7.2mm thin, and weighs just 0.68 pounds. Battery life is rated at 10 hours.
The iPad mini starts at $329 for the 16GB model; add $100 for 32GB and $200 for 64GB. If you want LTE, you can add an additional $130 to each of those prices. The iPad mini will be available for pre-order starting Friday. The WiFi models will ship November 2.
The 9.7" iPad also got an update (now called the fourth generation model), and uses an A6X processor which is twice as fast as the previous A5X. It also has twice the graphics performance. The device has been updated with a FaceTime HD camera, Lightning dock connector, and faster Wi-Fi. It will also be available for pre-order on Friday.
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10/23/2012 2:20:49 PM
The live twitter feed was full of gushing apple fans when they announced the Mini. After the resolution was listed as 1024 x 786, one person asked if it was retina, which hearkens back to wanting the bigger GB's and the Wifi's, we can add does it have the Retina display to the list.
10/23/2012 2:30:10 PM
the biggest competitor to this is probably going to be the nexus 7 (and perhaps an upcoming nexus 9).
i'm glad that i bought th e16GB nexus 7; the screen is HD, the machine fits in my backpocket, build quality is great (surprisingly enough for an asus product), and it runs android. plus, it's $80 cheaper than the ipod touch maxi, eh i mean ipad mini.
but appletards will still buy millions of them... and then hold back jealousy whenever they see someone with an N7.
10/23/2012 2:32:22 PM
the app store support is a big deal, all the specs in the world arent going to magically make the iOS apps that seem to come out first.
and no, the alternative apps are not the same, its the only thing i didnt like after switching over.
10/23/2012 2:57:10 PM
Well, hold it about 2ft from your face and it's a retina display (i.e. individual pixels not resolvable to someone with 20/20 vision). Yeah meaningless buzzwords!
If you want a 1024 pixel, dual ARM 9, 7" tablet; Amazon is selling the Kindle Fire for less than half the price of this thing.
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