Ok heads up. I was surprised that the iPad Mini was priced a little lower than expected (refer to my earlier blog) I was thinking it would have costed at least US$399 but it turned out, it’s just $329 for the 16GB model. Now 16GB is all you need if you are going to load up your entire library of magazines and books.
The prices goes up, there are 16GB, 32GB and the 64GB version and frankly, you need to be sure on what you are going to use it for before jumping in. Watching porn? Well, I suggest you look at the 32GB version. I am sure your wife won’t mind as long as she doesn’t find out.
For one, the screen quality is the same as the first generation iPad, which is not a bad thing. But there are some caveats on this when it comes to viewing.
3G Cellular or 4G?
Excite 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 7.7 are both AMOLED equipped. Now I have a AMOLED Galaxy Tab 7.7, it’s a pleasure to use. Graphics are crystal clear and sharp. What’s more, it’s got 3G already built in. Plus you can use this as a phone if you wish. This competes with the 4G version of the iPad mini. Price? The iPad 4G would probably be cheaper if you compared RRP but on the street, it’s an even split for the 16GB model. I must tell you that I hate the MicroSIM thingy on the iPad. That said, I won’t bother with it. There is also the question of storage. The 16GB mini is the retarded brother of the iPad line. You need more than that to store you r movies, music and media.
If you compared the 32GB models, then you’re out of luck. The Excite and Tab with its microSD expandability will beat it. Technically speaking, the only reason why you’d buy an iPad mini with 4G is that because the Nexus 7 doesn’t meet your criteria for connection.
The Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD are in the same ballpark as the WiFi models. iPad mini is still more expensive but let’s not forget it has a spiffy 5 megapixel camera. This alone will be able to justify the photog in you.
The Nexus 7 with the better display is in the same ballpark if you don’t want to consider the functionality of a rear 5 megapixel camera iPad mini.
Gaming and Fun
Sad but true, your iPad Mini will run out of breath if it is used for gaming. The processor and the display won’t handle anything but vintage software meant for your iPad2. You can still use the newer apps if you don’t mind it lagging a little, well a lot if you are playing those huge 500mb downloaded games. Angry birds is fine. Batman….? You might be pushing it.
Articles of Mass Consumption
When the Nexus 7 was released, it was supposed to be the e-reader of choice. The Kindle Fire fitted into the same mold. The iPad mini hopes to do the same with iBooks.
The iPad mini will handle all your PDF and ePub files with aplomb. Music files are fine too but movies, well you gotta give it some leeway as the viewing won’t be as stellar as on a AMOLED device….sorry…Retina device.
The screen density won’t be a problem for reading stuff on the iPad mini. It’s fine. Not great but good enough. But if you are going to be reading stuff only, why the heck would you want to invest in a iPad mini when you can get a better quality display with the Nexus 7??