For those of you who are unfamiliar with the new iPad Mini, it’s a new 7.9 inch tablet, a smaller version of the iPad, which is Apple’s response to Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7 tablets. Here’s a basic rundown of what the iPad Mini is all about so you can decide if you want to buy one for yourself:
How Small is Small?
The iPad mini when compared to the iPad is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter. The dimensions of the device are 7.87 inches x 5.3 inches x 0.28 (HxWxD) and it weighs 0.68 pounds. This allows for it to be used one-handed and held for long periods of time without discomfort.
It has a 7,9 inch LED backlit 1024 x 768 display. The resolution is the same as the iPad 2, just the screen is smaller. This makes the picture look bright and smooth. Apple has also made the bezels on each side of the display smaller, which has the effect of making the display more prominent. a
The iPad mini delivers what it promises, all the while retaining Apple’s vital app ecosystem edge.
The iPad mini has upgraded with the addition of a front-facing FaceTime HD camera. Previous versions of the iPad only had a front-facing VGA camera. Another change for the iPad mini is that it has Apple’s new lightning connector. Which unfortunately means that if you have the older Apple connectors you will have to get the new ones.
But when it comes to Resolution: 1024×768 — This is not the Retina Display that Apple as its high end screens on the iPhone 5 and the bigger iPad. It is not an upgrade. It’s actually the same resolution as the iPad 2, but with more pixels per inch.
Powering the iPad is Apple’s A5 chip. This is the dual-core 32nm chip running at 1GHz with 512MB of memory. It is the same as the iPad2 that came out in2011, and even Apple says the A6 chip in the iPad 4 and the iPhone 5 is twice as fast for some tasks as the A5.
The device also has a 10 hour battery life, and just like the other iPad models the iPad mini will ship with 3 different capacities: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
Primarily made of aluminum and glass, the Mini will come in a Wi-Fi-only model and an LTE version with access to cellular networks on the go. Don’t forget it will use the new smaller lightning connector so you will need all new charging cords and adapters if you have lots of accessories with the previous 30-pin connector.
To sum things up, at $329 this is an Apple tablet made to accommodate those individuals on a budget, but it really suits everyone just fine. it isn’t made of less quality, but is an obviously well-constructed device that has a lot to offer even over Apple’s more expensive tablets. In essence it does what it promises: It brings the iPad experience to a smaller device. Every app that runs on the larger iPad will run perfectly on the iPad mini.