The iPad Mini was launched over two years ago in 2012. Apple has released two other models in the mini range of tablets, the iPad Mini 2 in 2013 and the iPad Mini 3 in 2014. While the newer models are obviously more advanced in terms of specifications, they are also much more expensive than the first iPad Mini. In fact, the iPad Mini is the cheapest tablet from Apple that is available in the market today and can be bought for around $250 by scouring through some of the best iPad mini sales.
The original iPads featured large 10 inch displays and were considerably highly priced as compared to tablets provided by higher manufacturers. In order to create a bigger presence in the market, apple decided to launch a smaller 7.9 inch tablet which would be quite portable and much cheaper than the other iPads. Consequently, the world witnessed the launch of the iPad Mini.
The iPad Mini is significantly lighter in weight than other iPads and weighs only 308g, lesser than half of earlier iPads. In terms of physical dimensions, it is 7.2 mm thick and measures 200mm by 135mm. It is extremely portable and nifty to use and can easily be held in the palm of a person’s hand. The display however, is not a Retina Display as featured in the later models of iPads and this has proved to be a gripe among many users.
The iPad mini features a 5 MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP front camera. It is capable of recording videos at 1080p, but the image stabilization features are not nearly as good as those in the iPhone or in the newer iPads.
It is difficult to compare Apple tablets to other manufacturers as Apple provides its very own App store and OS. However, if someone is looking to only switch to the joy of using an Apple device, the iPad Mini is the cheapest option available. While it may not be as powerful as some of the later models, it still proves to meet the basic needs of an ultra-portable tablet.
Outside the Apple ecosystem, the iPad Mini can probably be compared to the Nexus 7, Google’s low cost tablet device. However, even this comparison is a largely skewed one, as the prices are radically different with the iPad Mini proving to be significantly higher in cost, the premium that users need to pay for using an Apple device.
The iPad Mini may be the cheapest tablet from Apple, but it is certainly quite far from a budget device. If you are looking at jumping into the Apple ecosystem at a low cost, the iPad Mini is probably the way to go. However, those who are willing to shell out a little more should take a look at the newer devices available.