iPad Mini price splits T3 readers
With the iPad Mini now tackling the small tablet market we asked T3 readers which they would choose over a Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD and the new iPad Mini
The Apple iPad Mini is a great product but its price point is just too high in the current market, or at least that's according to the majority of readers who responded to a question on our Facebook page.
We asked readers which tablet they would choose out of the 16GB iPad Mini, 16GB Google Nexus 7 and the 16GB Kindle Fire HD and the response was unanimous with the majority of readers choosing the Nexus 7 thanks to its open platform and attractive pricing.
James Ivan praised Android's open source positives suggesting it provided "More freedom for paying less. heck, I'd go with nexus."
On the other hand Simon Williams argues that Apple's closed ecosystem is worth the premium saying "Apple's app ecosystem is worth the £100, plus its connectivity to the iPhone and the Mac. There is no choice."
That said, readers have found the price of the iPad Mini to be a sticking point with its lower specs being a particular problem, as pointed out by LeInad Flosa who blunty sums it up saying "£269 for a tablet with a 4S specs...thats fooling the consumer."
Apple are not without their fans though as those who did choose the iPad Mini were aware of the price hike but still felt that it was value for money as in the case of John Murphy.
"iPad Mini, because it looks gorgeous, tonnes more apps, cheap, and because apple know how to support and make products last, think about it, a 3 year old product (3GS) still supports iOS6."
Apple iPad Mini specs:
The new iPad Mini comes in black and white and is just 7.2mm thick, around a quarter thinner than the 4th generation of iPads. The device weighs just 0.68 lbs. "It's as light as a pad of paper," said Schiller. "We were going to say book, but books are heavier!"
The iPad Mini has the same screen resolution as the iPad 2, but it's screen size is 1024 x 768 with a 7.9 inch multi-touch display. The iPad Mini delivers the same iPad experience users have come to expect in a design that has 35 percent more screen real estate than 7-inch tablets.