Saturday, November 10, 2012


Why you shouldn't buy iPad Mini - Cons, Disadvantages of iPad Mini

Why you shouldn't buy iPad Mini - Cons, Disadvantages of iPad Mini

Apple has unleashed complete range of new apple products in 2012. After iPhone 5, this year’s most anticipated device Apple iPad mini hits the market in Q4 of 2012. The iPad Mini is Apple's first entry into the mid level price range tablet market. After ruling the market with its 10 inch iPad, Apple is now trying to enter the market for the cheaper tablets. While a lot of people might see this as the 7 inch tablet cannibalizing their 10 inch one, its better to sell a 7 inch iPad Mini to a customer rather than none.


My co-author seems to have a different opinion on this topic and he has voiced his thoughts a post detailing his reasons to still prefer an iPad Mini

Even though its packed with some awesome features, iPad mini has a few cons - disadvantages which are plainly visible to every informed user looking to buy a tablet.

No Retina Display in iPad mini

One of the major cons will be missing the highly popular Retina display feature of the larger iPad. The iPad 3 introduced us to the awesome retina display and so it was expected that iPad mini would feature the retina display too as Apple seems to be taking the 'make all products retina' road. But for some unknown reasons probably to reduce the cost of the device, the decision to omit the Retina Display is a huge drawback.

It’s still quite expensive for a 7 inch tablet

The iPad mini is more expensive than any of its competitor tablets like Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire. Granted the device will offer unmatchable quality of an Apple device, any user will think twice before going for the iPad Mini especially when the Nexus 7 sells for just $200, iPad mini’s cellular data model seems even more overpriced where a user has to pay a huge amount of 100$ just to be able to use cellular data .

iPad Mini (white/Black)8 GB16 GB32GB64 GB
Wifi$ 250$ 350$ 450$ 550
Wifi + Cellular$ 350$ 450$ 550$ 650

Low screen resolution

Apple devices have made an impression with their Retina display screen making everything look sharp. Compared to that the 162 ppi offered by the iPad Mini is not a very great screen resolution when the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has 170ppi. Almost every other competitor to the iPad Mini has a sharper screen than it, giving the device a huge negative.

Older Chipset & no default USB connectivity

The iPad mini was launched with a chip-set which was used in iPad 2, the A5X. Technically it is a 2 generation old chipset and while surely Apple must have made some modifications here and there to improve the performance, an almost two year old gap is way too much in the electronics world.
Apart from that its puzzling why apple always avoid giving prime connectivity options like USB connectivity and microSD slots in their device. These are the kind of points that make people choose other options and slowly but surely Apple is learning that now by losing sales to competitors.


The iPad Mini might be a really great device but Apple has clearly just stuffed older hardware into a smaller size and it has tried to hold back on features it wants to keep exclusive to the larger 10 inch iPad like the Retina Display etc so that people still have a reason to buy the larger model but the new iPad Mini has disappointed a lot of people who had higher expectations. But if we go plainly by the history of Apple releases, the iPad Mini will continue to sell extremely well regardless similar to the iPhone 4S which was touted as one of the most disappointing releases by Apple but went on to be a top selling phone.

Why you shouldn't buy iPad Mini - Cons, Disadvantages of iPad Mini

Apple has unleashed complete range of new apple products in 2012. After iPhone 5, this year’s most anticipated device Apple iPad mini hits the market in Q4 of 2012. The iPad Mini is Apple's first entry into the mid level price range tablet market. After ruling the market with its 10 inch iPad, Apple is now trying to enter the market for the cheaper tablets. While a lot of people might see this as the 7 inch tablet cannibalizing their 10 inch one, its better to sell a 7 inch iPad Mini to a customer rather than none.


My co-author seems to have a different opinion on this topic and he has voiced his thoughts a post detailing his reasons to still prefer an iPad Mini

Even though its packed with some awesome features, iPad mini has a few cons - disadvantages which are plainly visible to every informed user looking to buy a tablet.

No Retina Display in iPad mini

One of the major cons will be missing the highly popular Retina display feature of the larger iPad. The iPad 3 introduced us to the awesome retina display and so it was expected that iPad mini would feature the retina display too as Apple seems to be taking the 'make all products retina' road. But for some unknown reasons probably to reduce the cost of the device, the decision to omit the Retina Display is a huge drawback.

It’s still quite expensive for a 7 inch tablet

The iPad mini is more expensive than any of its competitor tablets like Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire. Granted the device will offer unmatchable quality of an Apple device, any user will think twice before going for the iPad Mini especially when the Nexus 7 sells for just $200, iPad mini’s cellular data model seems even more overpriced where a user has to pay a huge amount of 100$ just to be able to use cellular data .

iPad Mini (white/Black)8 GB16 GB32GB64 GB
Wifi$ 250$ 350$ 450$ 550
Wifi + Cellular$ 350$ 450$ 550$ 650

Low screen resolution

Apple devices have made an impression with their Retina display screen making everything look sharp. Compared to that the 162 ppi offered by the iPad Mini is not a very great screen resolution when the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has 170ppi. Almost every other competitor to the iPad Mini has a sharper screen than it, giving the device a huge negative.

Older Chipset & no default USB connectivity

The iPad mini was launched with a chip-set which was used in iPad 2, the A5X. Technically it is a 2 generation old chipset and while surely Apple must have made some modifications here and there to improve the performance, an almost two year old gap is way too much in the electronics world.
Apart from that its puzzling why apple always avoid giving prime connectivity options like USB connectivity and microSD slots in their device. These are the kind of points that make people choose other options and slowly but surely Apple is learning that now by losing sales to competitors.


The iPad Mini might be a really great device but Apple has clearly just stuffed older hardware into a smaller size and it has tried to hold back on features it wants to keep exclusive to the larger 10 inch iPad like the Retina Display etc so that people still have a reason to buy the larger model but the new iPad Mini has disappointed a lot of people who had higher expectations. But if we go plainly by the history of Apple releases, the iPad Mini will continue to sell extremely well regardless similar to the iPhone 4S which was touted as one of the most disappointing releases by Apple but went on to be a top selling phone.


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