Yesterday, Apple unveiled its newest tablet, the highly anticipated iPad Mini. The iPad Mini is geared toward consumers who desire a portable, yet fully functional tablet. However, its steep entry cost of $329 (16 GB model) does not compete too aggressively with Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD (both priced at $250 for equivalent models). Apple’s iPad Mini features a 7.85 inch screen with a resolution identical to that of the iPad 2 at 1024 by 768. Of course, that means it does not feature Apple’s brilliant Retina display. It utilizes Apple’s aging dual core A5 processor and relatively meager RAM at 512 MB (both Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD harness 1GB of RAM).
Unlike Google and Amazon’s tablets, iPad Mini includes a rear 5 MP camera capable of 1080p. Similarly to Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7, it records 720P through a 1.2 MP front camera. As with Apple’s other new releases, the iPad Mini features a lighting port and dual band WiFi connectivity along with the now standard Bluetooth. An advantage Apple may have over the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD is its option for mobile data connectivity through 4G LTE along with other connection standards.
In terms of battery life, Apple claims up to 10 hours of battery life without cellular connection and 9 hours with. Apple’s iPad Mini weighs in at 308 grams-less than half the weight of the new iPad. It is also thinner than any other iPad at 7.2 mm thick. With all its features taken into consideration, Apple’s iPad Mini worth the money for anyone looking to enter the Apple ecosystem. However, for anyone without a preference for either Google Play or iTunes (or with a preference for Google Play), the Nexus 7 is a better option for the money as it is roughly 30% cheaper than its iPad Mini equivalent (Kindle Fire HD is best for Amazon marketplace fans).