It hasn't exactly been the battle of the century, to stack up the new iPad Mini versus iPad. The older model still has a lot of miles left in it, and a lot of pixels; however, there are a number of features that make the New iPad Mini, newest member of the Apple family, a going concern but not a huge concern for iPad owners. This newest member of the Apple family has a lot going for it, though- it's just smaller. In comparing screen size, the New IPAD Mini vs. the Ipad is 9.7 inches, the Mini a not much smaller 7.9 inches, as compared to the Kindle Fire HD (at 7 inches). The bezel on the Mini is squeezed to the side as well, and that modicum of narrowness gives a slightly larger screen area for the product. The real estate, in other words, has a bit more square yardage to it.
Resolution is one of the big features that makes the Mini a close competitor to the iPad. Its pixel resolution is 1024 x 768, a significantly brighter and sharper display for a smaller screen; however, it not as bright or sharp when compared to the Kindle Fire HD and models such as the Nexus 7, both of whom can boast 1280 x 800 resolution screens. The resolution of the Mini iPad, in fact, is exactly that of the iPad 2, although the Mini has more pixels per inch than the former.
The thickness of the Mini is slight, as would be expected, a mere 7.2mm, or approximately one-third of an inch, a bit thinner than a pencil and largely thinner compared to Apple's competitors.As well, the Mini's weight is only .68 lbs, thus making it over 50 percent lighter than the 4th-generation iPad. Android tablets weigh a tiny bit more, and the Mini is quite a lightweight compared to models such as the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD, both of which weigh in at .75 lbs and .88 lbs respectively.
The Processor is a huge selling point for the geeks in the buying audience, as the Mini's dual core A5 chip is identical to that of the iPad that arrived in 2011; it's significantly speedier than most (though not as fast- and Apple touts this themselves- as the A6 chip found in the iPhone 5). The onlyI pad system that has a slight speed edge that is measurable (and has been measured in a scientific study) is the Nexus 7, the edge being its hardware.
The Ipad mini features rear and front cameras; the one on the back happens to be a 5 megapixel, a lower resolution than the iPhone 5 but the same as the iPad 4; only the Nexus has lower resolution on its front-facing camera.
The Mini, being primarily glass and aluminum, holds a charge for up to 10 hours of its battery's life; the model comes in both black and white, no colors as yet. As far as its receiving signals, it features only a Wi-Fi at the moment, but also has an LTE access for cell networks while the owner is on the go.
If anyone pre-ordered it (from October 26th and beyond), it should have already shipped (the due date was November 2).
Which brings up the biggest question- is it worth the price?
The new iPad Mini vs. iPad does boast a price dip--$329 (although the LTE cell connection for 16GB runs $459), a nice discount from the iPad 4 (which is also only Wi-Fi) at $499. Both the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 beat that price, however; the former is currently selling at $199, the latter at $249 (with promises of a cheaper one by Christmas shopping season). Still a steep price for the iPad Mini, but some customers may feel it's worth it over an Android, Nexus or Amazon tablet.