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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 and the "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 Amazon and 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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RE: What a piece of junk.
By Nortel on 10/23/2012 3:31:18 PM , Rating: 1
I'm glad Apple's stock is tanking as soon as they announced that price.

Stock is off by 2%. Maybe redefine 'tanked'. The mini will sell like crazy, they won't be able to make it fast enough, just like with previous releases. It's meant to be a book reader and the full sized iPad as the powerhouse. The Nexus 7 is being sold at cost so maybe you can shed some light on that brilliant decision.

RE: What a piece of junk.
By jimbojimbo on 10/23/2012 3:37:21 PM , Rating: 2
Sadly you're right. Why won't people just get a Kindle of any variety if they just want to read books especially when the resolution on this thing is horrible.

RE: What a piece of junk.
By TakinYourPoints on 10/23/2012 3:44:08 PM , Rating: 2
Kindle Fire is meh for reading, as is an iPad, but MAN are the Kindle e-readers the best for that specific purpose (they suck at everything else).

I've owned Kindles since the first gen in 2007 and they just perfected it with the Kindle Paperwhite. I got mine a few weeks ago and it is just fantastic.

RE: What a piece of junk.
By TakinYourPoints on 10/23/2012 4:05:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm actually surprised that the Kindle Paperwhite hasn't caught much discussion over here, it is a fantastic piece of hardware. Way cooler than the other non-iPad tablets out there.

I guess most people don't like to read? I dunno.

RE: What a piece of junk.
By 91TTZ on 10/23/2012 4:18:09 PM , Rating: 3
It's meant to be a book reader and the full sized iPad as the powerhouse

No tablet running a cell-phone processor is meant to be a powerhouse. The speed is about the same as a decade-old entry level PC. It's impressive for its size but it's definitely not a powerhouse.

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