“The new iPad Mini starts at $399, or $70 more than last year’s model. For that price, you get a leap forward in power, speed and display,” Anick Jesdanun reports for The Associated Press. “There are plenty of cheaper choices out there, including tablets for just $229 from Google and Amazon. None of them match Apple’s iPads in app selection, design and cachet.”
“The starting price of last year’s Mini has been cut to $299. In both cases, versions with cellular access are available for $130 more,” Jesdanun reports. “While last year’s iPad Mini used the same A5 processing chip as the 2011 iPad 2, this year’s model shares the speedy, A7 chip found in the iPad Air as well as the new iPhone 5S. Apple says graphics are up to eight times faster than last year’s model and other tasks are up to four times as speedy.”
“If you’re looking for a top-notch experience, you can’t go wrong with the new Mini, even with the higher price tag. Several leading apps come to Apple devices first, and they are more likely than Android apps to be adapted for tablet screens. With many Android apps, you simply get a blown-up version of the phone app. You’ll appreciate using those apps on the new Mini’s improved display,” Jesdanun reports. “In a sense, if price isn’t an issue, the bigger question will be whether to pay $399 for the Mini or $499 for the Air, which has a 9.7-inch screen. Size is the main difference between the two models, whereas there were greater differences in display and speed last year. The new device has caught up to the point that it deserves to be called a Mini version of the full-size iPad.”
Read more in the full review here.
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