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Comment: There's a surprise!
Apple charging over the odds for pretentious crap!
Still,All the Apple saddos will still rush out and buy it because they've got no brain cells...
Good: Form factor looks good
Comment: I've been in the market for a tablet for the last couple of years. I already own a Windows desktop (recently upgraded to Win 8), a 2009 model MacBook Pro 15" and an iPhone 4s. I have been a fan of PDAs since the Psion 2 but could not find a smartphone which offered the functionality of my Palm TX until the iPhone 3GS arrived. I already preferred the touch screen interface over any keyboard sliding or otherwise that the Androids of the time offered hence I more or less accidentally ended up with Apple.
The main reason I want a tablet is that over the last ten years I have read more and more in ebook format and less paper. Today probably 95% of my purchases are on Kindle mainly using the iPhone app but I have a significant collection of eReader and others from times gone by. For this reason I don't want to buy a dedicated reader such as a Kindle which is tied into one market place so either a Android or iPad which can run clients for all the ebook formats sounds like the perfect solution. Kindle HD at this point eliminates itself from my list of options.
I haven't bought a tablet until now because I didn't much care for the 10" form factor of the iPad and previously, the Android interface was I felt distinctly clunky when compared to IOS. I considered the Galaxy 7.7 but it was never widely available in the UK so I decided to wait and see if the rumours re a mini iPad were true.
My criteria for any device is does it do what I want and does it feel right? I've looked at the Nexus 7 running whatever the current level of confectionary is and it does indeed look smoother and slicker than previous offerings. It doesn't feel too bad in the hand and the display is nice and sharp.
The question is do I want a thoroughbred or a hack? The iPad mini may not be fast or super sharp but in my experience fewer pixels and a slower CPU equates with a longer battery life. Look at the spec of a laptop intended to be used in the outdoors with its office based cousins. It may not be the latest tech but the iPad 2 was no slouch. I've got other devices for power apps, the most I need is a reader, a bit of multi media with enough power for Angry Birds or Zombie Gunship and some basic games for the kids; battery life I suspect will be at the top of my list of priorities. Size and weight are also an issue since I will be adulterating my elegant piece of tech with an Otterbox or Survivor case as soon as possible.
Even considering the above, the Nexus looks like a sure bet since you can't really go wrong at the price but against that are the problems around migrating and maintaing personal data (calendars and contacts) and my extensive itunes library over a third operating system.
Of course all this is purely speculation; until I get the chance to handle the iPad mini I'm not going to base a purchase purely on specs and comparative price alone in fact I'm inclined to wait and see what the early adopters have to say; after two years do what's a few more weeks. Plenty of time until Christams.
Good: Size for reading comics
Bad: Resolution is low compared to other tablets
Comment: I'll see how the screen looks when it arrives or ill have to pop into an apple store, app selection is a big thing for me, my fav comic book reader is on the iPad, i have the 3rd gen iPad, I'm wanting something similar but smaller, my iPhone 5 is too small, this is where the mini comes in nicely.
i have a samsung galaxy tab 7.7, it isn't for-filling the use that I'm wanting
Good: iPad lovers will buy
Bad: A bit old hat now
Comment: I have a daughter who has used Apple phones and gadgets since the beginning. She admits being too frightened of 'new stuff' so sticks with Apple as she can 'understand' her phone, whatever upgrade happens. She has an iPad. It stays in her bedroom as every time she walks downstairs she picks my Nexus 7 up to browse as 'it's quicker' and her iPad loses the wi-fi signal all the time unlike the Nexus which gets carted all over the house. My son also picks the Nexus up all the time to quickly look at Maps or a quick search. Nuff said
Good: Form factor, great app selection, great build quality
Bad: A bit too pricey, no retina display
Comment: I have one of these coming and I'm excited but also nervous because of the lack of retina, and my wife has an iPad 3 so I'm afraid I'll be bothered by the lack of retina but hopefully not, we'll see. One thing that makes me still pick an iPad Mini over something like a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire is the app ecosystem and build quality. I have read and watched tons of video reviews of these other tablets and I know if I got one of them I'd immediately dislike the build quality because Apple does make the best built devices I've ever seen, it's a fact. Also many of the reviews point out that the Android apps optimized for tablets is lacking severely and that many of them are just phone apps stretched out and that just plain sucks. I've experienced this in person too when I had an Asus Transformer for a short while, it's true that a lot of the apps just looked hideous on the tablet so that is a HUGE turnoff for any Android tablet period. iPad apps all look and work beautifully so since most of your time on a tablet is using apps, then that makes it a no brainer imo. Even though the iPad Mini doesn't have retina, I've read many comments on other tablet reviews such as the Nexus 7 talking about the washed out colors, low contrast etc, this is just something you don't have to worry about when you buy an iPad. There are cheaper decent alternatives out there but I will feel better about having an iPad Mini in the end, and eagerly await the updated retina version next year hopefully :)
Good: Apple OS and iCloud, increased portability.
Comment: Since the announcement of the iPad mini, those awaiting it with interest have split into their usual camps. The Apple lovers and haters. So let me start right away with the declaration that I am an unashamed Apple fanboy. So...
I have a Macbook which sits on the desk in my home office and moves pretty much nowhere from there. I use it for proper typing, ripping CDs and 'work'. I have a iPhone. It lives in my pocket and is used for calls, texts, twitter, taking pictures, podcasts and music... You know.
I have an iPad3. I expect to sell it on in order to get an iPad mini. Why? As much as I love the Retina display and big screen, I don't like the weight that means I have to switch hands every two minutes or balance it on my lap when reading. I read a lot. (In bed, the bus, dinner hour at work). The weight that feels like an overly large dinner plate in my bag when I carry it about. These things mean I don't take it out and about quite as much as I would like. So it stays at home a lot. Where my Mac is.
I use it very occasionally for video, the odd Youtube trailer, Bad Piggies, etc. But mainly for reading and web surfing. Thats why the iPad mini is better for me. The lower price will bring lots of new people into the Apple iOS. It could be cheaper, but then Apple likes to make a profit (weird…!). Unlike the Kindle which is sold at cost. And has adverts put under your nose at every opportunity. It could have a better screen, but the equivalent iPad2 screen is still very nice, and so I expect the iPad mini's to be pretty sharp.
A big thing is the iOS ecosystem and iCloud. Now I use them, I would never use anything else. Why would I get a Nexus or a Kindle and switch between systems?
So to sum up, a small loss in the screen (and as I don't play anything more processor hungry than Angry Birds, an older processor that will affect me in practically no way whatsoever), against the ability to slip it into a big coat pocket, hold for a long time when reading, and the size that means it is now sit beautifully between iPhone and Mac, with a more equal use of each to the sizes. I may even put the iTunes not on my iPhone on it, which I have never done on a previous iPad, and use it as an occasional second music player.
Yes, there will be a better one next year. There will be a better everything next year. Its called progress. Its why we don't live in caves. I will get a LOT of use out of this, so I don't mind.
Good: Nice design
Bad: Not as good specs as the cheaper Nexus and Kindle Fire.
Comment: I wish Apple would stop thinking about themselves and what people actually want. How hard would it have been to put the Retina Display in here and the A6 processor? Admittedly that would probably bump up the price even more or at least make this current price look more worth it, but it would have been no trouble at all. But I tell you why they didn't do it, because there greedy, devious and only think about themselves. What was the first iPad like? It looked good because it was really the first of its kind, but now the 4th gen iPad is out, it looks soo outdated. That is exactly what Apple are doing with this iPad Mini. There trying to develop the product, to make a name for itself. Then, when they have made enough money, they will bring an iPad Mini 2 out, which will possibly just include a faster processor and not much else (still no retina display). Then, they will bring an iOad Mini 3 out and this will include the retina display. Now, it's no trouble for Apple to have released this first mini with top specs, but they know that they have virtually gone as far as they can go. The A6 chip with the Retina Display is the best they can do, so why would they include this all in the first Mini when they can make enough money with what they have, and then slowly add another, already out, feature that draws people in once again? There a devious company that only think about themselves. With Google, they actually think about what the customer wants and needs.
Also, with this cheap tacky features that they have included, it's so not worthy of the price. Google have a great tab with the Nexus 7 but the price is too low for Apple. Why would a great, illistrous company like Apple stoop that low? Especially when they know that people will easily fall for what they have done and buy it. God, Apple really annoy me sometimes.
And before you say it, I am not a all out hater of Apple. I actually have the iPad 2 which I think is a worthy tab. For full size tabs like the iPad, there are few better but for these smaller tabs, Google deserve to be champs.
Good: Increased portability, nice design, seriously thin and light.
Bad: Low screen resolution, old generation processor.
Comment: It has been widely know that recently Amazon and Google have designed some quite popular 7" tablets. Why are they so popular you ask? The answer is: their fantastic price. Apple has awoken to this fact, and has decided to contribute to the 7" tablet market in the form of the iPad mini. With a smaller 7.9" display (which has a lower resolution than any decent 7" android tablet out there or even the current iPad itself), an old generation A5 processor and a more expensive price tag starting at £269, its interesting to see if Apple has actually contributed anything useful to the market. In my opinion, not at all. I must point out that I've been an Apple fan all of my life, but this is the first time Apple has actually designed a useless and uninspiring product.
Good: A budget iPad
Bad: What people say about it
Comment: I really dont understand why they used the words "unimpressive screen", okay compared to a nexus 7 the screen resolution is lower but not even a year ago the iPad 2's display was described as one of its best features, so why would the same resolution on a smaller screen (so more ppi) annoy people? People are expecting more from companies like apple, but heres the truth, theres a limit, and i think apple have reached it. Stop complaining about awesome features and just enjoy them.
Good: experience and feel
Comment: looks great- should have been cheaper. But I'll get one.
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