Apple’s iPad mini- everything consumer needs to know

I’m sure you’re aware of the new iPad mini that Apple introduced in San Jose on Tuesday. It is 7.9-inch screen tablet and start price at USD$329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, $129 more than competitor 7-inch Android tablets.

The iPad mini is as thin as pencil and as light as a pad of paper,yet packs a fast A5 microprocessor, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight camera and ultrafast wireless.The interesting is iPad’s apps in Apps Store still can be used for iPad mini.

Although the device does not have retina display like its full-sized brother, the difference didn’t seem to bother most of the people in the briefing area. Considering the price tag of $329, adding a retina display would have made the iPad mini prohibitively expensive compared to the competition.

iPad mini

Many analysts criticized the price tag of the iPad mini because it cost is more $130 than Kindle Fire HD and $90 than the Nexus 7. But Phil Schiller spoke to Reuters that customers won’t mind paying a little extra for an iPad because it’s a premium device.

Back to the year 2010, Steve Jobs criticized the idea of 7-inch tablets for having a lousy user experience.  “While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter of their present size,” he said.

However, he apparently started to reconsider later that year. An e-mail exchange revealed in the patent trial between Apple and Samsung this summer suggested that Jobs had come around to accepting the idea of a Apple working on a 7-inch tablet by the end of 2010.

While it might seem like splitting hairs, Tim Cook now went on to explain that the 7.9 inch iPad Mini has 35% more surface area than 7-inch tablets do. In this way, he says, Apple didn’t have to sacrifice too much screen “real estate” for portability. One of the user commented in the article,’Cook as well as Jobs are masters in the Art of Confusion.They DID a 7inch tablet… a beautiful one… and I want one but these comments about how the iPad Mini isn’t a 7 inch tablet are just pathetic.’ I just agreed with 35% more surface area more than other 7-inch tablets part.

Up until now, only the first-generation Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and the recently launched Google Nexus 7 were considered worthy buys. Add the iPad mini to the mix, and this particular product category has a little more hot.

Google Nexus 7 Kindle Fire HD Galaxy Tab 2 iPad mini
Processor 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor 1.3GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 4460 1.2 Ghz Dual-core processor A5
Display 1280×800 1280×800 1024×600 1024×768
Size 129.5x120x10.56 193×137×10.3 193.7×122.4×10.5 200×134.7×7.2
Camera 1.2MP front-facing camera 720p “HD” front-facing camera front-facing VGA camera

rear-facing 3MP camera

front-facing HD camera, rear-facing 5MP camera
Connectivity Micro USB 2.0, NFC Micro USB 2.0, HDMI MicroSD, USB 2.0,Bluetooth Lightning connector
Memory RAM 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 512 MB
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Custom version of Android 4.0 Android 4.0 ICS iOS 6
3G/4G No No Yes Yes

Beside the announcement of iPad mini, Apple also announced The new 9.7″ iPad is now simply called the iPad with Retina display, comes with new dual-core A6X chip with quad-core graphics. This promises twice the performance over the iPad it replace. But many people only focus on the iPad mini-new product from Apple. I also didn’t realise the annoucement new 4th generation iPad.

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