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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RE: The Budget Market?
10/23/2012 3:41:55 PM
But I guess it's more nuanced than that...
For 3D GAMERS, the price/performance is excellent.
For a tablet as a WHOLE, it's not very good compared to Nexus 7.
If you're only concerned with 3D performance, it's the cheapest thing you can get for the price. If you're concerned about everything else, there are much cheaper better alternatives out there.
RE: The Budget Market?
10/23/2012 4:11:49 PM
Ah, got it. :)
I'd say it goes beyond 3D game performance. Game
(or general app availability since games only make up 20% of the app store) is the important thing for me. Hardware means little without developers. Most of what I play these days on the iPad aren't actually 3D games, they're German style board games or card games like Ascension or MtG. That sort of thing is excellent on a touchscreen, lots of depth but not constrained by the interface like a generic 3D shooter.
That said, I cannot wait for Frozen Synapse to finally drop on the iPad. My favorite PC game of 2011 is coming to the iPad and it actually seems better suited to a touchscreen (rare case like Plants vs Zombies or World Of Goo). FTL needs a port as well. :)
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