I guess people who bought the new iPad weeks or months ago would be annoyed at Apple for doing this. However, as certain people point out, Apple is probably trying to cash-in on the holiday season and thus changing the release cycles of all future iPads.
But then, now that there are two iPads – the fourth gen and the iPad Mini – which one should you buy?
It all boils down to purpose. Both the iPad Mini and the iPad conform to the tablet spec sheet. Interestingly, the iPad Mini is not as mini as one would expect: it’s 7.9 inches diagonally which gives a lot more space on the display than, say, a Google Nexus 7. In comparison, the 9.7 inch iPad is large enough but not spectacularly so.
Let’s first take a look at the spec sheet:
|Spec||iPad Mini||iPad 4th gen|
|Resolution||1024×768, 163ppi||2048×1536, 264ppi|
|CPU||A5 Dual Core 1GHz||A6X Dual Core 1GHz|
|Memory||16, 32, 64GB||16, 32, 64GB|
|Camera||5 MP iSight, autofocus||5 MP iSight, autofocus|
|Front Camera||1.2 MP HD||1.2 MP HD|
|Connectivity||Ultrafast Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0||Ultrafast Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Cellular||LTE, HSPA+, GSM/CDMA||LTE, HSPA+, GSM/CDMA|
|Weight||308 g/312 g||652 g/662 g|
|Battery||10 hours||10 hours|
|Ports||Lightning Dock, 3.5mm audio||Lightning Dock, 3.5mm audio|
|Price||Starts at $329||Starts at $499|
Buy The iPad Mini If:
If you’re looking just for a tablet – with the “size doesn’t matter” criteria – and are insistent about getting an Apple product, the iPad Mini should more or less fit your purpose. It’s cheaper than the larger iPad (but in comparison to other mini tablets, it’s costlier than what was expected).
If you’re looking for a mini tablet, but are willing to shell out a considerable chunk of money, just to get that “Apple” experience, the iPad Mini is your answer.
Buy The iPad 4th Gen If:
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a complete tab experience, the iPad 4th-gen is your answer. Many people use their tabs a lot to reduce their reliance on laptops and netbooks. If that sounds like you, the bigger iPad is the best thing you can buy.