Best Gadgets IPad Mini

Published on January 23rd, 2013 | by Guest Writer

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Do You Need an IPad Mini?

Apple made waves throughout the tech world in October of 2012 with the announcement of their new iPad Mini tablet device. Boasting a screen size that is smaller than older iPad 3 and newer iPad 4 models, the iPad Mini is designed to be a direct competitor to other similarly sized tablet devices like Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy. If you’re in the market for a new tablet device, the immediate question you have to ask yourself is whether or not you actually need an iPad Mini at all. Apple’s line of regular sized iPads, as well as competing devices, may be a better solution to your tech needs depending on the circumstances.

As the name would suggest, one of the main focuses of the iPad Mini is its smaller screen size when compared to the full sized iPad models. If you’re trying to decide between a larger iPad and the iPad Mini, try going to a store where both are on display. Most Best Buy retail locations and Apple’s own Apple Store locations will have both models on display next to each other. You can use each unit and get a feel for how well it fits in your hand and how easy it is to carry.

If you’re getting a tablet primarily to watch movies and television shows, you’ll likely want to save up for a full sized iPad rather than get the iPad Mini. Though the iPad Mini will likely be easier to transport, its screen doesn’t have the same high resolution offered by the full sized models.

If price is a factor, it’s important to note that the iPad Mini isn’t that much cheaper than the full sized iPad. The 16 gigabyte Wi-Fi only iPad Mini retails for $329. The 16 gigabyte Wi-Fi only iPad 2 retails for $399. While you wouldn’t be getting the latest model, you can still have a full sized iPad for less than $100 more. A full sized 16 gigabyte iPad 4 retails at $499, which is $170 more. Depending on your preferences and financial situation, getting the full sized model and spending a little more money may end up being a wise investment.

If you don’t care about having a smaller device, get a full sized iPad. The iPad Mini may be smaller, but it’s only about two inches smaller than its larger counterpart. Likewise, the iPad 2 and iPad 4 models are already much lighter than a device like a laptop computer. If you’re trying to decide between an iPad Mini and a full sized model and don’t actually care about the screen size, you’re better off paying the extra money and getting the regular sized version.

If you’re trying to decide between an iPad Mini and a Kindle Fire for the purpose of media watching, get a Kindle Fire. The iPad Mini is more expensive than Amazon’s tablet and features a screen with a lower resolution. You’ll be paying a little more money to have movies and television shows look worse than they would if you’d saved some cash and gone with the Kindle Fire.

If your main interests are Internet browsing, e-book reading and photography/videography, get an iPad Mini. The smaller size of the iPad Mini actually makes it ideal for capturing digital video and taking still photographs. The device is small enough to fit in your back pocket, making it easy to transport. Though the screen size may initially appear too small to read on, realize that you can adjust the size of the text in your favorite e-books to make it larger should you decide it to be necessary.

Sam Jones, the author, has been looking into the iPad mini to see how it compares to other tablets.

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