iPad Mini – Initial Thoughts

Announced last month, the iPad Mini is smaller version of original iPad in terms of weight, dimensions and body. But it has not lost even a bit of quality standards set by Apple. It is available in three different colours:

  • Black iPad mini – Back and sides of it are not shinny and looks dull.
  • Slate Black iPad mini – it has aluminium buttons and switches matching with the colour of the body.
  • White – iPad mini looks cool in white.

Appearance: It has 7.9 inch display with 1024 x 768 LCD resolution. In-plane switching makes viewing from different angles amazing. It weighs around 308 grams with dimensions of 200 x 135 mm with thickness of around 7.2 mm. Its bezel’s dimension is 5 x 20 mm.

Its smaller size has an advantage over fourth-generation Apple iPad in terms of ease with which you can hold and use it. It fits nicely into a hand or pocket of one’s outfit or in a handbag.

Like its big brothers the volume and orientation buttons are placed on the upper right side of the device. Volume has two different up and down buttons. The power button and 3.5 mm headphone jack are also situated at the top of the device.

There are two, stereo, speakers at the bottom of the Mini, a first for the iPad range. Home button is at the front with 5 mega-pixel camera on the back side of the device. It also has front-camera of 1.2 mega pixels which supports video chat. The primary camera does not work well in low light. But it can shoot videos in 1080p resolution just as in other Apple devices. Image stabilization is reasonable.

Battery and Processor: Battery can run for a continuous use such as web surfing, reading e-books, watching videos, playing music, taking photos, etc. of 10.5 hours.

It has 1GHz dual-core processor with 512 MB of RAM. The heavy apps do take time to load but the time is reasonable.

Screen Resolution: It has a screen resolution of 1024×768 with 163ppi, which due to the smaller display size is a little greater than iPad 2’s 132ppi. It makes the display bright and white for you and for those sitting beside you looking at your device.

Accessories: Smartcovers are available for iPad mini at the cost of £35, the same price as the Smartcovers for the main iPad, which considering it’s smaller and requires less materials is a bit of a con!

It also supports keyboard and exercise mounts. Cables and accessories for Lightning Connector and USB, digital AV, VGA and micro USB and 30-pin adapters available for sync and charging.

It comes with the usual configurations of 16/32/64GB memory and is available withe either  Wi-Fi-only (available now) or Wifi + 4G/3G (available toward the end of this month).

Despite being a smaller version of iPad, it has all the features of an original iPad device and adds far greater portability into the mix. The cheaper price is a first for Apple, although the Mini is still more expensive across the board than 7” Android alternatives.

About the Author: Kathryn is the author for Chrisalex Corp. She has also written several articles on the topic what will i look like in 20 years for the website www.ageme.com


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