IPAD MINI REVIEW: LITLLE GIANT OF GREAT BUSINESS: Since the presentation of iPad mini buyers are divided into two camps: one part reads detailed reviews of new tablet computer, one of which you can see on our website, others study specifications of this product on www.apple.com. But all have one purpose to understand why you need it and is it worth to buy it.
Agree with me, there are really a lot of reasons to buy of this amazing device. First, a low price, compared with the older generation tablet. A year ago it was not possible that for 329 dollars you can buy a product that not inferior than its older brothers of iPad line. Because of its price iPad mini will finally enter into a completely new price category for Apple: leadership, different world, where tablets from Google and Amazon was war down for long.
Almost nobody thinks that a small screen is negative feature of iPad mini. Reducing the size of the tablet resulted in a reduction in the weight and now it can be freely held in one hand. It is two times smaller than original iPad, and it really is a new stage in the development of the line. Doctors in USA have already satisfied that mini fits in a pocket of their smock, because most hospitals have adopted the device from Apple. It can be seen in each presentation on the release of new iPad.
Portability is one of main advantages of iPad mini. If earlier to carry MacBook Pro and iPad of the second or third generation was not very comfortable, the new tablet will solve this problem. Reading books with one hand in the transport, car navigator. IPad mini has greatly expanded the applying of devices from Apple.
It’s amazing how in such a small gadget was a place for high-quality front and back cameras. I think communication on FaceTime has never been so easy. Tablets have a lot of advantages. But should you take it now? Maybe better to wait for the second generation of iPad mini?
According to a poll on Cult of Mac, 75% of customers decided not to buy iPad mini now and to wait for its update. Why did they make this decision? Mostly it’s because the newer tablet has no Retina-display, which is very accustomed owners of the third generation of iPad. Also, some believe that it is better to buy mini only when it is equipped with processor A6X, which is now on iPad 4. And, of course, many have a hope that the second generation iPad mini will be lighter, slimmer, faster (could it be lighter than now?), as it was with the first iPad.
Further opinions are different. Some believe that the iPad owners of the second generation just have to change their tablet to iPad mini, and it is better to be rid of iPad 3 and buy a new powerful iPad of the fourth generation. Others believe that no need to change anything, just buy mini to your current collection of devices from Apple. But another category, sometimes called as “usually dissatisfied”, says that Apple has disappointed them again, and they categorically wouldn’t buy iPad mini before placing of Retina-display. Who is right?
Here is the choice of each person to be on existing side or choose your own, for example, if you never have a representative of iPad family. I’d add: it is better to buy iPad mini now rather than wait for update if you don’t know when it will be. This is a completely new device, which must be touched with your hands. And if you really want, when a new model will be issued, you can easily sell the old and add a small amount of money. The last word is yours.
IPAD MINI COMPLETE REVIEW::
Recently, there was such a flurry of rumours about Apple products today announced. People began to complain, they say, there is no plot, why do you spoil all impression? But the presentation in the California Theatre has shown that „There is life in the old dog yet“! The company not just shoot, it surprised with a unimaginable number of products. It has justified the hopes and no reason to hide, that confirmed about 10000 rumors in a web. The safety in the company became weaker than Jobs was there, but the intrigue of presentations is saved. There was no doubt- iPad mini.
And what! It is- fourth-generation iPad with no cosmetic upgrades, only hardcore – almost all inside is different. 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, super-slim iMac, the new generation of drives, Mac mini. It‘s a explosion of the brain! Stop a little! Let‘s stretch a joy. Let’s start with the tablet and how Phil Schiller violently recommended removing Nexus 7 and other Android-tablets.
Yes, it‘s small, yes but successful.
You know, for the first time in my memory Apple hardly mocked its competitors. Phil Schiller started to do it after the announcement of iPad mini. What presents this handsome?
Most rumours are true. The shape of device, materials of the housing, completely black version with slate back panel and a classic white. But forecasters missed a little with display. Instead of 7.85-inch Apple has chosen 7.9-inch and a resolution is 1024×768 pixels (163 ppi), as in iPad 2. Of course, we would like Retina, but the current filling of the tablet simply will not work with such resolution.
The fact is that the tablet fundamentally is built on the „software“ iPad 2. It is based on all of the same system on a chip Apple A5, which is equipped with two cores Cortex-A9 1GHz, and even by modern standards powerful GPU PowerVR SGX543MP2 . But to work with Retina in the third generation iPad have equipped twice efficient GPU.
However, there are other differences than size. For example, the camera FaceTime HD (1,2 megapixel, 720p video recording, BSI) – yes, the same as in the iPhone 5. Also, the rear camera has a 5-megapixel sensor, the same as in the third-generation iPad (f/2.4, the lens of the five elements, infrared filter).
Wi-Fi module has been improved and Apple use the same in all the updates, with the support of the 2.4 and 5 GHz. Cell module is similar in iPhone 5, means that it is supported by most of the world frequency ranges LTE, CDMA, GSM and HSPA +. Traditionally, there is Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 16.3 Watt/hour is very thin. On assurance of Apple, it is the thinnest battery ever developed by the company. It supports a tablet till 10 off line operation.
The whole “technical beauty” is packed in a very slim, only 7.2 mm (200×134, 7×7, 2 mm). To compare, the thickness of the iPhone 5 is 7.6 mm, iPad third generation – 9.3 mm, the previous record holder in this parameter is Samsung Galaxy Tab 7,7 – 7,8 mm. Moreover, the tablet is not only thin, but also light – 308 g! This is also a record for the nearly 8-inch tablet. Google Nexus 7 with 7-inch display, weighs 340 grams, the afore mentioned Galaxy Tab 7,7 – 335 g. Do not forget, iPad mini completely all made of metal, even the hardware buttons are of metal.
Accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, digital compass – everything is there. In 3G/4G-modeli also is GPS-and GLONASS receiver and tray Nano-SIM. By volume of the equipped space everything remained as before: there are models with 16, 32 and 64 GB of flash memory. Lightning plug is also there. Speaker, by the way, remained a one. What for the second perforation on the bottom edge is not clear, as the microphone is placed on top.
Do you know what the most important feature of small iPad compared with the older brother? Phil Schiller said at the launch: “It can be held in one hand.” Then began the real derision of Google Nexus 7!
iPad Mini against other “aka” tablets
A lot of time Apple chief specialist dedicated to compact tablet Apple and Google Nexus 7 during the presentation of iPad mini. Of course, he was talking about all the 7-inch tablet in general, but the soft keys are used only in decision of Internet companies, and the focus was on them.
Schiller began from display, exactly about its area. At first view, the difference between 7 and 7.9 inches is small, but the area is much different: 21.9 against 29.6 square inches. Thus, the total area of the display in iPad mini is 35% more than in any 7-inch tablet.
If we talk about useful area of the screen for web surfing, the difference will be even more significant, but there is already effective feature of Android tablet and the presence of screen buttons in Nexus 7, which “eat off” part of the useful space. In portrait mode useful area in Safari on iPad mini is more for 49%. Attention! In landscape mode for 67%!
But we can say a few words in defence of Nexus 7. It has higher resolution at smaller diagonal, resulting in Google tablet more pixel density – 216 ppi against 163 ppi at the iPad mini. In addition, Apple somehow kept silence about the type of matrix in its new device.
Let‘s continue mockery from Android, rather, Android tablet, which Schiller hit on hurtful place – the range of adapted software. Next went further mockery of competing platforms. More than 275 thousand adapted programs for iPad, which will work without problems on iPad mini is not a joke. In turn, the majority of Android applications flaunt telephone interface and at the end at the 7-inch screen look is not very presentable (tested on a personal experience of the author.)
In general, such a cheerful hitting understandable. Steve Jobs once referred to 7-inch tablets as “dead born product”, and then – what? Apple has launched such. We had to show that it is necessary, useful and well-designed device. Actually, Schiller did. But what thinks Jony Ive the senior specialist in Apple industrial design about the Android-tablet
When, how much?
What‘s about prices, they are the same as we have recently published: from $ 329 per junior Wi-Fi model to $ 659 for the older model with a cellular modem.
Do not forget that this is U.S. prices without tax. In Europe, the U.S.dollars magically transforms into Euro plus 10-20% tax.
One More Thing
Do you remember the recent rumours about an accessory for iPad mini? This really is! It‘s a small Smart Cover with a little modified design. Large aluminium hinges were removed and the magnets equipped into the edge of the cover. Thus it became a little more compact, and the design looks more monolithic.
There are several colour options: black, gray, pink, green, blue, bright red Product Red. All covers made of polyurethane. What about functionality- it is exactly the same as that of the original Smart Cover. Price in the U.S. is as a larger polyurethane model – $ 39.