“This isn’t just a shrunken down iPad. There’s nothing as amazing as this.”
It’s finally here! The iPad mini has arrived! Weighing in at just 0.68 lbs, and just 7.2mm thick, the iPad mini is 53% lighter than the standard iPad, and it comes in black and white, similar to the color scheme of the iPhone 5. THe design appears to much similar to that of the iPhone, with a flat back, and of course, the famed thinner bezels!
It’s rocking a 7.9 inch display, sadly, not Retina, instead it features the same display as the iPad 2, 1024 x 768. Now obviously, the smaller screen size will make it a lot sharper, but more importantly, all current iPad software will be compatible with this new generation of tablet.
It’s great for reading your email, surfing the web, and managing photos. It appears that this is more for content consumption than creation. It’s particularly excellent for gaming, reading a magazine or a book, and running iWork apps.
During the event, the iPad mini was pitched against the Nexus 7, and naturally, it won. Theirs is made of plastic, and it’s thick and heavy. The iPad mini has a third larger display area than the Nexus, and it’s lighter. Burned.
When it comes to surfing the web, the iPad mini has a 50% larger display area when it comes to browsing, but it doesn’t stop there. The puny Nexus only has blown up phone apps, but as we mentioned earlier, the iPad mini’s display is such that it is compatible with all current iPad software.
Inside is an A5 processor, LTE wireless, dual band Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel iSight camera, and of course, the Lightning connector. All of this can function for 10 hours, running on the thinnest single cell battery ever designed! The iPad mini also features Siri and Airplay!
The iPad mini will be priced at $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, with full pricing listed below!
Pre-orders will begin this Friday, with Wi-Fi versions shipping on November 2 in the following countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kindgom, United States. Phew.
As you can see, all the images used were stolen from The Verge, so a huge thanks to them for such comprehensive cover of the event! What are your thoughts?