If you’re still straddling the fence about jumping onto the iPad Mini bandwagon, then I bet your misgivings is trumping your excitement of holding a brand spanking new one in your hands.
And you’re right to be cautious. After all, with the price tag that goes with the iPad Mini, you’d want to avoid a double dose of buyer’s remorse that goes with buying new stuff — no matter that you wanted the gizmo in the first place!
So before you decide to go online or to the store to get yourself a new iPad Mini, here are some things you might want to think about before you do:
Apple’s 6-month iteration timeline
Apple’s always been honest about their policy of bringing in a better version of new products within 6 months of its release. On one hand, that’s good because bugs are fixed and new features are added to make acquiring your new gizmo a fun, fulfilling one. The flip side of that argument though means that within six months of its first outing, the new iteration of the iPad Mini’s going to have the Retina display that it doesn’t have now and at a price lower than its debut cost.
Less than stellar screen resolution
Speaking of Retina display, the iPad Mini doesn’t have it. Apple loyalists are baffled at this decision to launch the Mini without benefit of a better resolution than, say, the Nexus 7 which is being touted as the Mini’s main competitor yet. Google’s tablet has a 1280 x 800 resolution and a 216 pixels per inch (PPI) display on a 7″ screen.
The iPad Mini, on the other hand, comes in a poor second with a screen display of 1024 x 768 at 163 PPI on a 7.9” size. Owners who are used to Apple’s Retina display are complaining about the terrible screen display. If you’re going to use the iPad Mini mainly as a reading device, you’re setting yourself up for bitter disappointment — the Kindle Fire HD has a better resolution.
Old hardware specs
… or at least, a less than stellar chip powering the iPad Mini. Again, Apple loyalists are questioning Apple’s wisdom in using the dual core A5 chip that’s as old as the iPad 2. Some complained that video buffering is slow on the iPad Mini, blaming it on the old generation memory. And be prepared for a sluggish surfing of graphic intense websites because of the same issue, too. Its main competitor, the Nexus 7, performed better in video and graphics processing tests than the iPad Mini.
Certainly, the iPad Mini has features that recommend it to potential buyers. It is, after all, the handier and lighter of Apple’s family of pads. It also has the same functionalities and capabilities — if not the same hardware — as the larger iPads. It just helps to know what’s in store for you if you get the iPad Mini now compared to a few months down the road, eh?