Apple’s iPad Mini – Is It Worth The Wait?

The iPad Mini was quite recently announced by Apple Inc. on October 23, 2012, as the fifth overall generation of the iPad line. It is a mini tablet PC, and hosts a screen size of 7.9 inches instead of the standard 9.7 inches, which was previously being used by Apple in its iPad product line. As always, this new product is also being highly anticipated by both Apple enthusiasts and critics alike.

Features

Apple’s iPad Mini tablet PC comes installed with Apple’s very own Dual-core A5 processor chip. The iPad Mini has the same 1024 x 768 resolution as the original, full-scale iPad, and it is capable of displaying images at 163 pixels per inch (ppi). The 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-back-lit Multi-Touch display comes with IPS technology, and is also features a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. The tablet is equipped with a powerful, built-in 16.3-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, which can provide up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music. Charging is done via power adapter or USB to computer system.

 

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Pros and Cons

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According to Apple, the iPad Mini was designed to be a powerful and capable device, enabling users to perform all of their tasks on a single handheld platform, while at the same time, being incredibly easy to use. Existing users of Apple’s original iPad will be pleased to know that the iPad Mini has full support for apps made for the full-scale iPad tablet – what runs on the iPad will also run on the iPad Mini. Therefore, all of your apps and content will both look and work the same way. At 7.9 inches, it is small enough to fit in one hand, and it is still large enough to give you that rich, immersive iPad experience. Probably the only downside to this great product is its price, but if you can afford it, it is well worth your money.

 

Video Review

Here’s a short review of the iPad mini by Cnet:

Product Variations

The iPad Mini is available in a number of product variations, based on color, connectivity options, as well as storage capacity. You can either purchase in Black & Slate finish, or in the White & Silver finish. One basic model of the iPad Mini is available with simple Wi-Fi connectivity, while the other is available with both Wi-Fi and cellular network connectivity options. It is to be noted that Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology is present in both of these variations. The final distinguishing factor among the many versions of the iPad Mini, as stated earlier, is storage capacity. Models are available with 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB of dedicated storage capacities.

Technical Specifications

Screenshots from Apple.

Prices and Availability

Apple has announced that the introductory price of the iPad Mini tablet PC will be $329.00 in the United States, £269 in the United Kingdom, and between €313 and €339 in the euro area. Prices will be subject to change in other parts of the world, depending upon a number of factors such as local import and customs’ duties, VAT, and other monetary charges. By November 2, 2012, Apple plans to begin shipping of the iPad Mini tablet to its major outlets in different regions around the globe, including the United Kingdom and the United States,Hungary, Iceland, Netherlands, Singapore, Denmark, Portugal, Japan, Romania, Australia, Germany, Slovenia, Korea, Luxembourg, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Hong Kong, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Belgium, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, France, Norway, Spain, as well as Austria, Sweden, and Switzerland.

 

Availability in Australia

You can order the iPad Mini online from Apple’s web-based iPad Mini Australia store, or you can purchase it from one of the many retail outlet stores setup by Apple in major Australian cities, such as in Bondi, Broadway, Canberra, Carindale, Castle Towers, Charlestown, Doncaster, Perth, Robina, Southland, and Sydney. You can also order it online from retail outlets which provide Apple’s products, at reasonably priced discount offers.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: All photos shown above are reproduction of the photos displayed at Apple iPad Mini’s webpage.

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