iPad Mini: Reasons To Buy And Avoid Apple's Tablet
Is the iPad mini right for you? Let's find out.
Pre-orders for Apple's iPad mini kick off this Friday, October 26, and we expect thousands of fans to reserve the pint-sized tablet. That's all well and good, but plenty more consumers are on the fence about whether to splurge on the company's newest device. If you fall into that category, let us help you make up your mind with reasons to buy and avoid the iPad mini.
Purchase an iPad mini because...
iPad Has Never Been Cheaper
Apple priced the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini at $329, and in the process, made the device instantly more affordable than its counterpart. Granted, this still makes it over $100 more expensive than some Android tablets, but considering iPad fourth generation sells for $499, the mini is a low cost alternative that makes it a near irresistible impulse buy.
iPad Mini Is The Most Portable iPad
Quite frankly, we never considered the current iPad's size a hindrance, but there's no denying the iPad mini's superior form factor. At just 7.2mm thin and .68 pounds, with a 7.9-inch screen, the device easily fits inside a jacket pocket or purse, eliminating the need to carry a laptop bag. If you prefer to leave the house as light as possible, purchasing the mini is a no brainer.
It Plays The Same iOS Games
Just because you own the iPad mini doesn't mean you can't enjoy the more graphically rich games on the App Store. The device is about as fast as iPad 2, and is compatible with everything, from Angry Birds Space to Infinity Blade 2 (thanks to the display's 1024 x 768 resolution and A5 chip), along with thousands of sports and productivity applications. A step backwards? Far from it.
Avoid the iPad mini because...
It Lacks A Retina Display
By now, we expected the beloved Retina Display to become standard in all Apple products, but this simply isn't the case with iPad mini, which retains the display from iPad 2. While not necessarily a bad thing, there's a noticeable difference between Retina and non-Retina devices. Spoiled? If so, perhaps the mini isn't right for you.
It's Still Expensive
Sure, $329 is less than $499, but that only matters if you intend to embrace the iPad family. Otherwise, you'll find a variety of lower-priced Android tablets sitting within the $199-$250 range, most notably Amazon's Kindle Fire HD ($199) and Google Nexus 7 ($250). Suffice to say, penny pinchers may need to look elsewhere.
These Days, More iOS Games Make The Jump To Android
While on the subject of Android, we continue to see some of the biggest games appear on both platforms, preventing Apple fans from claiming exclusivity. Sure, titles like Infinity Blade and The Room have yet to appear on Google Play, but the upcoming Angry Birds Star Wars (as well as other games in the series), Dead Trigger and Where's My Water? are yours to download.
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