iPad mini – are you getting one?
However, is it really worth getting one? Before we get to answering that question, there are a few things that have to be brought to the table. The iPad mini may be cheap for an iPad, but it isn't as a whole. Both the Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7, among other 7-inchers, start at only $200, and despite their limitations, they are still pretty decent alternatives to the iPad mini. Yeah, their screens might be physically smaller, but have higher resolution, meaning they are able to provide more detailed images and sharper text. The thing you'll have to sacrifice, however, if you go for one of these Android tablets is the availability of a decent main camera on the back. Currently, no $200 slate will offer a camera as good as the 5-megapixel iSight snapper that the iPad mini boasts.
And now it is time for the big question that we ask you today: are you getting the iPad mini? Are you ready to go with a small iPad and ignore the cheaper, albeit in some ways inferior, alternatives? Our poll below is now open so don't hesitate to cast your vote!
- iPad mini - are you getting one?
398 votes (398 votes) Yes! I've always wanted a smaller/cheaper iPad, so I am definitely getting the iPad mini
355 votes (355 votes) The iPad mini seems like a fine tablet, but I will wait for the reviews to come out before buying it
1530 votes (1530 votes) No, I would much rather get a 7-inch Android tablet instead of an iPad mini
391 votes (391 votes) No, small tablets don't interest me
2. seesharp88 (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
...No... it is cheaper. Am I missing something?
7. Tjey007 (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 May 2012)
yes u r....in the ipad line up yes its cheaper but compare to all the other tablets ofcourse its expensive....and its not worth buying.
9. seesharp88 (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
No... The answer was "Yes! I've always wanted a smaller/cheaper iPad". We all know that it is more expensive than alternatives however it IS a cheaper iPad. The article was kidding noone, so his comment was not relevent.
Plus, "not worth buying" is a matter of opinion. It has a more premium finish with a large ecosystem, you cannot argue that. I certainly will not be buying one, however to others it may be worth buying.
14. Lboogey6 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
I honestly don't know why some one gave you a thumbs down reading is fundamental lol
24. seesharp88 (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
It seems to me that on here, facts are overtaken with hatred to apple.
Its a shame really. Its not healthy.
17. bubbadoes (Posts: 326; Member since: 03 May 2012)
What large ecosystem are you talking about? It's ios6--with the new lightning connector...what premium finish...it has the worse resolution of any Kindle or Nexus 7 in the tablet arena. It's priced $130 above the competition...come on you have to comment better than that!!! This ipad mini is a 7 inch ipod...that cost $29.00 dollars more....than32 gig new ipod
23. seesharp88 (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
The large ecosystem of books, music and applications optamised for it. How can you argue that android comes close to that? I'm not saying you NEED the quantity and quality of applications on offer, however they are unmistakably there.
You cannot argue with the gorgeous design. Its thin and looks sturdy. If we are just talking in COST of materials alone, you cannot argue with that either.
It has a lower resolution than the Nexus I agree. And that was a conceous desision to aid developers. If you need that extra resolution then the nexus will be your choice. If you need the quantity of apps then maybe the ipad will be your choice. However facts are facts, so why bash it?
You tell me why the 7 inch android tablet is not a 7 inch android phone? I could give you more reasons that this is true. For example, the ios OS has quarter of a million optamised applications where the majority on android are ACTUALLY scalled up phone apps.
If you are using ebay on a 7inch android tablet and on a iPad, then tell me which one is more like a scalled up iPod?
31. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Completely agree and don't know why you got any of those thumbs dumb for making a good rational point.
11. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
fanboyism aside, I don't like iOS and all but the iPad Mini seems like a good product from Apple. I mean, it has good resolution. (I don't care about Retina) - it improves all the cameras from the iPad 2 and it looks sleek.
there's no good reason why you should get an iPad 4 and an iPad 3 - this is the only iPad worth your money.
It almost has the same specs as the Galaxy Nexus - only difference is OS and phone vs tablet.
seeing that - it is reasonable especially after seeing the iPod Touch and further iPad prices.
and if you want to compare it to the Nexus 7, well, another $150 surely says it is in another category. if they included a camera in the Nexus 7 it would have been probably priced at $300 too.
12. seesharp88 (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I agree. Here in the UK (at the moment) it is £70 more expensive than the 16gb Nexus. I have to agree that the premium build and camera WOULD and SHOULD add £70 to the price.
Say what you will about the operating system and personal opinion, however as far as hardware goes they are pretty similar
16. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
uhh.. lets see.
the nexus has a WAY more powerful quadcore processor, 90% chance of more ram as well. A higher rez and density screen, NFC, and a bazillion software features that iOS doesnt have. It's build quality is also impeccable.
A camera only costs manufacturers about 3 bux or so. Aluminum is only a few more cents than plastic, and its not more durable... its less durable.
Your paying for the name and nothing else... like all apple products, your paying more for less.
25. seesharp88 (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Can you PLEASE tell me a scenario where you will use that extra power? I am a developer who owns both a nexus 7 and ipad 2, and cannot find a real life situation to show how the ipad 2 would be slower?
I haven't used NFC once in my life.
Software features are AGAIN a personal opinion which has nothing to do with my comment.
You are not paying for the name, you are paying for what you WANT to pay. If thats the name then great. If its for the Apps like me then great. If its for the way you like the build then great. However its a personal opinion. You are blinded by hatred and need to get off your android high horse!
38. -box- (Posts: 3752; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Apps aren't as necessary on a truly capable OS. Games and programs, sure, but apps to do what a good web browser can do are redundant and stupid, not to mention that most of the apps in the app store are duplicates, very little originality.
Also, the mini looks like a flattened Note 2.
53. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
I,for one, respects your opinion.
however, I would just like to point out that while other manufacturers have made leap and bounds in terms of mobile technology, Apple have just made a downgrade after 5 years.
Not many like the restrictive ios. while it may be 'optimised' it still sorely lacks in terms of functionability (at least in my opinion). It may barely get the job done but not in anyway spectacular.
p.s: the iPad2 does lag.
18. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1322; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Not really sure about the camera part , it costs a mere $10-15 to make a 5 mp sensor , biggest flaw in the iPad will be the sealed casing which iRepair will condemn
55. Tjey007 (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 May 2012)
tell you the truth I am not a big fan of iOS also but i was eagerly waiting for this mini as my first apple product and only because of that i didn bought nexus 7....but the price and the resolution disapointed me a lot...camera doesnt matter for most of the poeple in a tablet....sry to say it was not worth waiting.
29. ekia007 (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
It is a ripped off. It would be wired to use the back camera. Besides with the iPad 2 specs. No way I buying mini. I will wait for Nexus 10
32. webOSlove (unregistered)
I agree. Kindle fire HD is hell of a lot better (if you're deeply tied into amazon's services like I am)
37. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
definitely not...and who in their right mind would want one of these craps?
3. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
I have one already and it's called iPhone 4 and, yes, I hold it with one thumb.
20. jimjam (Posts: 238; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
careful not to drop it. I'd at least use one hand.
27. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
I'm not worried, it has "Thumb Detection".
4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1322; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
I have one , its called the ipod touch
6. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Yeah, but it doesn't have "Thumb Detection" like the MiNiPad; read last night's article detailing this great new feature.
33. webOSlove (unregistered)
What was the point of the iPod Touch anyway?
39. -box- (Posts: 3752; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
the touch came first, I thought, then they added junk phone bits and changed the name. Then they stretched it and changed the name again.
5. ajac09 (Posts: 1365; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
cheap for an ipad expensive in the category its in
8. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
How is an iPad in a different category, it's only less than 2" bigger; everything else is THE SAME!?
21. jimjam (Posts: 238; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
That is like saying a 11" and 13" laptop are in the same category.
13. seesharp88 (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
What kind of website is this, that a comment like ajac09 gets a thumbs down?
Are people here THAT blindly aggressive towards anything apple?
34. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
Its a site to discuss tech, not blindly praise one company. Don't like people stating its not as good as its been made out well stop looking
Bored with apple fans acting like victims
50. seesharp88 (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Well I'm bored with Android fans picking and choosing from their line up for about 30 phones/tablets to pitch against 2/3 apple products. Its not fair. Why should you bother? The apple products are great for what they are and what they do. They should be praised, and when there is a flaw they should be bashed.
For example, they should have had the iPad 3 res quality reduced to a mini size. However that could have incurred costs they were not willing to do. However the nexus 7 could have put a camera on the back... they didnt. Companies are choosing what to do, and praised for their accomplishments. Your trying to say its not impressive they made a device like this with 10hours battery life the depth of a pencil!? Its also impressive that the nexus 7 made a quad core device for £160!! But I don't see you abusing that device for their flaws!
43. darkkjedii (Posts: 10573; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Yep they r, nothing better to do. The mini is a sweet device though.
52. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
Looks who's back, you still the apple cheerleader
You say they have nothing better to do yet you do the exact same thing so get over yourself
54. ajac09 (Posts: 1365; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Category its in =7-8 in tablets. was that really that hard to figure out? Damn isheep anything negative told about there god and they have a cow. If isheep got laid more they wouldn't be so touchy.
15. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)
No, I would much rather get a 7-inch Android tablet instead of an iPad mini
I VOTE FOR IT!!!! HAHAHA
19. bubbadoes (Posts: 326; Member since: 03 May 2012)
please add " h - -ll no to the choices to poll on?
22. jimjam (Posts: 238; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
This poll is basically a poll on readership. I guess phone arena is 4:1 android to ios.
26. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1157; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
People are going to buy this regardless what anyone says. Does not matter what the screen resolution is, size, specs; it just does not matter. It's a new Apple product with a customer base willing to spend money. I see rich 50 year old's buying each grandchild one just because.
But I do believe Apple is starting to feel that the market is saturated with these things and people are losing interest. Otherwise we would have heard how iPad 3 has beat out iPad 2 sales and iPad 4 would have came out much later. Apple can milk the tablet market for only so long till the well runs dry.
28. kickinbass (Posts: 26; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)
I was hoping they would release the $329price with LTE. But we can not always get what we want. Seems legit right. Now when is the contest phone arena? Lol
35. ap1989 (Posts: 144; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
nexus 7 is way better then this and cheaper
36. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
It's like an iPod touch with giant-ism.
40. deuel_18 (Posts: 54; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
id prefer buying Iconia Tab A110 for $230...better processor, more portable and with expandable memory. For me, im not too keen on Screen Res nor to cam as long as it has front facing cam..and its only 230 what else can ipad mini say?
41. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
no no no no no no! And please slow down on the iPad news! There's tons of Other stuff to report.
42. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Am I the only one feeling this way ?
I had Motorola Xoom which was great tablet, but I have not used it almost at all and sold it as I found out that 10 inch tablets including iPad are quite heavy for me for comfortable internet browsing, as my hands would get into pain after holding it for certain time. And no I can't browse internet with tablet on my knees or on the bed, as I don't feel comfortable that way. So I much more preferred my laptop. When I had chance to try very light nexus 7 I found out that this is the future of tablets for me as it was absolutely great experience holding it easily with just one hand near my eyes.
But what I did mind about Nexus 7 was it's small screen and constant need for a zoom in.
I hate apple very much for lot of reasons, but I just feel that they really did it right with this iPad mini (just like with iPhone 3GS which revolutionized the phones). It is even lighter than nexus and the screen seems to be really much bigger which should really give a good experience for internet browsing. I really feel this is the tablet I was waiting for and think that for the first time I could make really use of it, as I find the screen of any phone too small for me for long internet browsing.
I am upset that it had to be apple who came up with this spot on screen size for me, and the price which is very high. But despite that I am really considering to buy this apple product, even though I will feel ashamed to do that. However I will still go to shop to have a feel of it, as I might find different experience than just seeing it in pictures.
45. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6264; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
is this poll really necessary? why would anyone want a fragile iPad Mini
46. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
are you really serious PA? your site are full of android lovers and apple haters... so dont bother ask that question...coz the answer is really predictable!
47. networkdood (Posts: 6263; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
No thanks, I do not like getting ripped off....
48. tusshharish (Posts: 341; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
i think the answer is 'I always wanted a cheaper and small ipad but not like this disguisting ipad'.....................
49. seesharp88 (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Why? Why is it disgusting? Give me a serious answer
56. pandambaba (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)
hmm.. i'm gonna wait until this thing has a retina display and an A6 processor, but it does look really cool.