Apple recently announced their new iPad Mini. This thing is the definition of first world problems.
Alright, well with that out of the way, it is a pretty cool little device, I mean c’mon, it’s an iPad…just mini. It has pretty much the same specs as the late 2012 iPads, it’s just slimmer, smaller, lighter (about half the weight of an iPad). The display isn’t out of this world like the full size iPad, as it only has a 1024 x 768 display, aka not retina. The resolution is similar to the iPad 2. So, if you absolutely need to have that intense display, the iPad Mini is not for you, as you’ll just have to settle for just vibrant colors, not insanely vibrant colors.
The unibody construction for the iPad mini looks similar to the iPhone 5, showing that awesome two-toned aluminum in either white and silver or black and slate. Also like the iPhone 5, it uses the new Apple Lightning connector, so be sure to have a cable when traveling, as not everyone has at least 8 of these cables lying around the house anymore. If you are anti-carrying a cable around with you at all times, Apple sells an adapter for the lightning connector for an additional $30.
One major noticeable difference is that the iPad Mini has the A5 processor. So, if you need the fastest iPad on the market for your games and immediate web browsing, go with the iPad’s A6x chip. The iPad Mini’s A5 chip is more than capable of handling all the gaming and web browsing, it will just be slightly slower completing tasks.
The battery life is pretty nice for a small tablet with this kind of power. With a reported 10 hours of battery life on a single charge, you can use it on most journeys, except if you’re traveling to Mordor, that takes forever.
Here’s a nice little chart for you that breaks down the specs of the iPad Mini in an organized chart that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye:
The iPad mini is a great competitor for other small tablet devices. Its slightly larger screen gives it a small edge over other tablets, without taking away from the whole mini aspect of it. Minus the display and processor, it’s virtually similar to the iPad, allowing Apple customers to choose between products on screen size alone…and maybe pricing. The iPad mini starts at $329 for the 16GB model, while the iPad now starts at $499 for a 16GB model, pretty significant difference for the geek on a budget.
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More information on the iPad mini can be found on Apple’s website at Apple.com