I know people love Apple. And I'm sure there will be millions of people who will buy the iPad Mini this holiday season. But at a price of $329 for its least expensive model, I think the 8-inch tablet is still priced beyond many consumers' budgets. In this Ask Maggie, I help a reader, who is looking for an inexpensive tablet to give her kids for Christmas. I also offer some advice to an iPhone 5 owner who in the first weeks of owning his smartphone has scratched the screen. Why the iPad Mini may not be a Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7 killer.
Dear Maggie, I wanted to get two tablets for my kids this Christmas, We already have an iPad 2 that my husband uses, but I figured we could give our two surface case for apple iphone 6 and 6s - black/dark red kids ages 9 and 11, less expensive tablets, They play some games on the iPad, but we mostly use the tablet for long car trips so they can watch videos or read books, I've been looking at the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 from Google, The $199 price tag seems hard to beat with those tablets, I was hoping the iPad Mini would be about the same price as the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7, But I'm just not sure I want to spend $329 on the iPad Mini..
What do you think? Is the iPad Mini worth it?. Thanks, A Disappointed Santa. Dear Disappointed Santa, You aren't the only one who was disappointed by the price tag on Apple's iPad Mini. I had my fingers and toes crossed for a model below $300. But sadly Apple didn't deliver. If you want to compare the specs for each of these devices, check out my CNET Reviews colleague Jessica Dolcourt's piece where she breaks down the differences between the devices. In her chart, which I've republished below, you can compare the memory capacity, pricing, size, weight, battery life, and the camera megapixels.
But the hardware specs only tell part of the story, There are still other things to consider, such as app availability and which content you can view and listen to on which device, Another important consideration is to think about the ecosystem that you currently use for your digital media, Before I get too far into my comparison, I want to make it clear that I have not yet seen an Apple iPad Mini, I was not in San Jose, Calif., at the Apple event, And I am writing the answer to this question the day the device was announced, So the information I have right now is based on what I have seen from the presentation and in blogs written by my colleagues as well surface case for apple iphone 6 and 6s - black/dark red as video and pictures posted on CNET and elsewhere..
With that disclosure, let's dig into the details. The 7-inch (and now the close to 8-inch) tablet market is a niche within the already niche tablet market. And with the addition of the Apple iPad Mini there are now three key devices to choose from in this category: The iPad Mini, Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD. What type of tablet consumer are you?. Basically, I see this particular category of tablets appealing to two types of consumers. Travelers, commuters and people who don't want bulk: The first group of people attracted to the smaller tablets are people simply looking for a more compact and portable device than the full 10-inch tablets. These may be people who travel often or commute to work everyday and are looking for a device that's bigger than a smartphone to read books and magazines and watch videos. This size is works for those activities since it fits easily into a purse or backpack or even an inside suit pocket.