The cat is out of the bag, Apple iPad Mini is here and so are the reviews. Though it is a great device with loads of cool features, it sports an inferior screen and a monstrous price tag, putting off critics.
Well, well the ‘little big thing’ from the stable of Apple Inc. – the iPad Mini – is out there in the market. It was supposed to set the markets on fire, set a craze among users and lift Apple to great new heights. But Apple’s latest offering doesn’t seem to come close. Okay, okay it is good enough, great actually, but not that good to usurp the market.
The price tag of $329 is a clear turn-off for many consumers. Google Nexus 7 being available at $199 definitely offers a cheaper yet robust option to price conscious buyers. By quoting that sum, Apple has shunned an opportunity to kill its competition.
On any other day, 1024 x 768 resolution would be sort of okay for any tablet device. But given that iPad features the splendid Retina display, the current resolution seems to be a step in the backward direction. Though it gives the device some power advantage, it is definitely another turn-off.
The iPad Mini definitely scores here: it has almost all the features of its 10 inch behemoth predecessor packed in a seven inch body. In fact, the body is quite sturdy, having made of aluminum and glass.
Though the iPad Mini is small enough to be held in one hand, it is still bit big to fit into pockets. Nevertheless, its 10 hour battery back-up is too awesome to miss for anyone. Its vast app library with 250,000 apps and still counting keeps it way ahead of any one of its competitors.
A noted reviewer David Pogue sums it all, "But the iPad Mini is a far classier, more attractive, thinner machine. It has two cameras instead of one. Its fit and finish are far more refined. And above all, it offers that colossal app catalog, which Android tablet owners can only dream about."