A week with iPad mini. An iPad to have if you travel a lot
Usually when Apple announces a product, I want to purchase it on the spot, but I didn’t experience the same feeling with the iPad mini. I really wasn’t sure about purchasing one at first. The price point of $329 and lack of Retina display wasn’t very convincing at all, but after going back and forth, I went ahead and got one. After a week with the iPad mini, I absolutely love the device.
The iPad mini is the most beautiful and well engineered tablet in its category. That’s a fact, not an opinion. The biggest difference between the iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad is a smaller size, the thinness, and much lighter weight. At just 0.68 pounds instead of 1.44 lbs, the difference is enormous. I absolutely love and prefer the weight over my third generation iPad. The device is literally featherweight. When I go back to using the old iPad, it feels incredibly bulky to hold.
The lack of Retina display on the device almost turned me away from purchasing one, but I have got used to it. Content displayed on this screen isn’t as crisp, but first time iPad users will not notice the difference. It has the same number of pixels and resolution as the iPad 2 and, in fact, is much more crisp.
The wonderful part about iPad Mini is that all 275,000+ existing iPad apps can run on this on it. Out of the box, the product supports hundreds of thousands of apps, not to mention iTunes and iCloud.
Even though the iPad mini runs an A5 chip, which is nowhere near as powerful as the fourth-generation iPad’s A6 CPU, the device is able to handle every task (movies, games, browsing the web, etc) very well. Memory-intensive games or other apps do take a second or two longer to load, but once launched, the apps run smoothly.
One thing that the iPad mini is much better at – is the use on the go. Unlike the full-sized iPad, which can take up a lot of space in a backpack, this device does not. I have found it much easier to message, read books, browse the web, and take notes outside my home with it. Lately, iPad 3 has been collecting dust on my desk.
The battery life on this device is amazing. Apple promises 10 hours of usage, but I’m able to get a day’s worth power easily, if not more. Also, the new Lighting connector charges the iPad mini extremely fast.
Similar to the iPhone 5, the iPad mini is offered in black and slate or white and silver. Both of the colors look great and it just comes down to preference. Everything else is what you are familiar by now: the UI/UX of iOS, home button, volume rocker side, headphone, and sleep/wake button on top. It is indeed a smaller iPad, but that’s what makes the experience so great.
With other seven inch tablets available for a much cheaper price, $329 may seem pricey, but if you are looking for a great product with a polished ecosystem, the iPad mini is definitely the one. The iPad mini is going to do what the iPod mini did and that is to put it into the hands of the masses. Apple’s going to sell a lot of them and there’s no doubt about that.