More than 100 million iPads have been sold by Apple to date and the company is dominating the tablet market at the moment. However that is not to say that the new iPad Mini will kill off its competitors, which include both Android and Microsoft.
If you are contemplating getting a small tablet but are unsure about the iPad Mini, here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t jump on Apple’s latest tablet.
iPad Mini disadvantages
One of the first reasons is the price tag of the new device. Apple has set this at $329 for the Wi-Fi only version with 16GB. This means that the iPad Mini is around $100 more than its closest competitor, the $248 Nexus 7. The iPad Mini comes with a good camera on the back, however if you don’t want to take photos with your tablet then you can get cheaper options as the iPad Mini really doesn’t have any other advantages over the likes of the Nexus 7.
If you own an iPhone and one of the other iPads already on the market, there is no reason to get the iPad Mini as it cannot do anything the other devices can’t do.
While Apple has given it the name of the iPad Mini, the tablet isn’t that small. At 7.8 inches your hands do have to be fairly big to be able to hold the device comfortably in one hand. On the plus side it is thin and it doesn’t weigh much.
You can get a tablet with a better display than the one on the iPad Mini. When compared with its competitors, the display of 1024 x 768 is among the lowest resolution. The iPad 2 is the same resolution as the iPad Mini. Even the Nook HD comes with 243ppi, a screen of 1440 x 900 and it also happens to come with a lower price tag than the iPad Mini as it is $299 for the Wi-Fi only 16GB version. The Google Nexus 7 too has a better display than the iPad Mini and costs less. And after all, isn’t the screen one of the most important features of a tablet?
Other disadvantages you may find include the fact that is uses the lightning connector so your current Apple cables and accessories won’t be compatible without an adapter. It also doesn’t feature GPS unlike the Nexus 7 which is disappointing given that the larger display would really have helped with navigation.
With a higher price tag than rivals and hardware that isn’t any better, the only reason we would suggest getting the iPad Mini is if you want access to the tablet-optimized apps in the App Store in a very portable device. And that is saying a lot given the steep $329 price of “admission”.