How mini is mini? The guesses are that it will have a 7.85 inch screen. The standard, larger iPad of today has a screen of 9.7 inches. It may not sound like a lot, but it will make for a different experience.
This smaller sized iPad is the perfect size for slipping into a woman’s purse or a small bag of any sort. This makes it more portable than the regular iPad. The recent popularity of Google’s Nexus and Amazon’s Kindle Fire shows that people are enjoying the smaller screen …… and of course, the smaller price tag.
The predicted cost of the iPad mini is rumored to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 – $250, with all the capabilities of the larger iPads. A proven sweet spot of pricing, Apple is hoping to draw in people who want an iPad, but are unwilling to pay the high price for the standard sized iPad tablet.
My thoughts on this: I think a smaller, less expensive iPad is a great idea. The portability is a plus and of course the price tag makes it more affordable. Those are two points strongly in it’s favor.
On the down side, the iPad mini will not have as much internal storage as the largest iPads, and, of course, some people will not be interested in the small screen.
Personally, although I am delighted every day with my standard sized iPad, and I love the large screen, I’ll admit that although I take my iPad with me when I travel, for everyday use I usually leave it at home. It is an awkward size to carry around regularly.
As the Christmas gift-giving season approaches, I imagine the iPad mini will do very well.
It might also be chosen as a second iPad for a family who has one already. While a second full-priced iPad would be too expensive to consider, the mini-model would allow the family to add a second device at a much lower price and have a tablet that is easy to take-and-go.
And for those folks who have been considering an iPad, but just couldn’t bring themselves to invest the $, this mini iPad will be the perfect entry device.
I’m glad I don’t have to make the choice. I’d waffle. Portability vs larger screen? Trade off memory for a smaller size? Pros and Cons. Cons and Pros.
But overall I think that CHOICES are always a good thing. The more choices, the better.
(Note to my new-to-iPad and iPhone readers: If you have an iPhone, and get an iPad (or vice versa), the APPS that you have already purchased will be usable on the other device as well. You do not have to re-purchase them. There are a few apps that are an exception to this rule, but MOST apps are yours across ALL your Apple devices. I will dedicate a post to this, shortly.)