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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: $299 would have been better
By DrChemist on 10/23/2012 3:41:49 PM , Rating: 3
No USB connector or ability to do work. I think I'll get the surface. Most people i know have given their iPads to their kids bc all they can do is play angry birds and check email. Maybe get a half ass internet experience. Surface RT Pro is where it's at. My guess is $799 - $899 for the Surface Pro as a laptop will be the deal breaker for buying this over everything. If I wanted a reader I will by the cheapest thing you can get for <$200


RE: $299 would have been better
By 91TTZ on 10/23/2012 4:07:26 PM , Rating: 2
If you want to get work done you're not going to be using a tablet anyway.

For less than $799 you can get a very usable laptop that runs all Windows-compatible applications and has the mouse and keyboard needed to do actual work.


RE: $299 would have been better
By Taft12 on 10/23/2012 4:14:38 PM , Rating: 1
WTF is "ability to do work"?


RE: $299 would have been better
By DrChemist on 10/23/2012 5:41:33 PM , Rating: 2
We are talking about the mobile people who travel and move around that want an ultrabook but want tablet portability and ease. RT Pro will replace the ultrabook, notebook, netbook and tablet. That way I have my desktop for heavy tasks and processing and the surface RT pro for everything else. Ability to do work is when I have a presentation or something I need to do while on the road before a meeting, I can pop it out and fix it faster than a laptop. iPad can't do that. Face it without MS Office and full internet you have just a toy that plays videos and crap games.


RE: $299 would have been better
By tayb on 10/23/2012 6:49:39 PM , Rating: 3
Surface RT and Surface Pro are two different tablets. One is running Windows RT while the other is running Windows 8.


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