iPad mini – are you getting one?

iPad mini – are you getting one?
Well, folks, what was once deemed unthinkable is now reality. Apple announced a smaller version of the iPad – the iPad mini, as it is called, which comes with a 7.9-inch screen, compact form factor, a pair of cameras, and 10-hour battery life. Moreover, the iPad mini is the cheapest iPad Apple has ever unveiled, which makes it a perfect option for consumers who have always wanted one, but considered its price tag too steep to handle. Last but not least, it comes in LTE flavor as well, so one can stay connected to the internet even when in transit.

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?

Yes! I've always wanted a smaller/cheaper iPad, so I am definitely getting the iPad mini
14.88%
The iPad mini seems like a fine tablet, but I will wait for the reviews to come out before buying it
13.28%
No, I would much rather get a 7-inch Android tablet instead of an iPad mini
57.22%
No, small tablets don't interest me
14.62%


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iPad mini
  • Display 7.9" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 4440 mAh

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56 Comments

1. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

cheaper .....are you kidding??????????

2. seesharp88

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

...No... it is cheaper. Am I missing something?

7. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 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: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 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: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

I honestly don't know why some one gave you a thumbs down reading is fundamental lol

24. seesharp88

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 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: 1225; Member since: May 03, 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: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 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: 912; Member since: Jun 28, 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: Jul 15, 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: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 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: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 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: May 22, 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: Feb 27, 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: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

definitely not...and who in their right mind would want one of these craps?

3. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I have one already and it's called iPhone 4 and, yes, I hold it with one thumb.

20. jimjam unregistered

careful not to drop it. I'd at least use one hand.

27. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I'm not worried, it has "Thumb Detection".

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

I have one , its called the ipod touch

6. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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. Resonameolary!

5. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

cheap for an ipad expensive in the category its in

8. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

How is an iPad in a different category, it's only less than 2" bigger; everything else is THE SAME!?

21. jimjam unregistered

That is like saying a 11" and 13" laptop are in the same category.

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