Apple iPad Mini is a Better Designed Slate

October 31, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Carrying over its legacy, Apple launched their latest iPad Mini last week. This 7.9 inch tablet is expected to break sales records as this is the smallest slate from Apple so far. But will it?

Apple surely thinks yes. With design aesthetics followed to the core, these guys have perfected this device such that their ambition of iPad Mini being the common man’s tablet will turn into a reality.

Though Apple’s initial stand was negative towards smaller tablets, they find it irresistible and are moving into the smaller segments.

The iPad Mini is undoubtedly a thinner, lighter and cheaper variant of the iPad with a smaller screen and form factor that makes it even more portable than its larger sibling.

Owing to its 4:3 aspect ratio, the iPad Mini is actually superior to 7-inch tablets with a wide ratio. That is due to the more surface area available on the device’s screen, which results in a richer web browsing experience.

It is 7.2mm thin that is 23% thinner than the big iPad and weighs only 308 grams (Wi-Fi-only model).

The volume and screen-rotation lock buttons have moved to the right-hand side and the headphone socket is placed on the top, rather than the bottom, where stereo speakers and the new Lightning connector can be found.

With the updated iBooks continuous streaming feature, reading a book works quite well because of the reduced weight and size. So it’s a definite competitor to the Kindle.

Screen resolution is 1024×768 at 163ppi which is same as that of the iPad 2. So there won’t be any letter-boxing of any sort. Powered by a A5 cortex processor, it has all it takes to run the apps smoothly.

The back-facing 5MP iSight camera is similar to that of the bigger iPads. Clicking pictures or video is easier with one hand, purely because of the Mini’s size. The 1080p video shot looks pretty impressive too.

With stabilization kicking in, plus integration with iOS 6, getting video content online will be easy. The iPad Mini isn’t a cheap tablet in comparison to $199 Android-powered options, but it feels better in the hand and has a huge number of applications specifically intended for tablet use.

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