Originally Posted by Descadent
Originally Posted by Ben the OCer
They just started accepting pre-orders for the iPad Mini
and iPad 4
a short time ago after some site maintenance. Release date is a week later on November 2.
Man I must love tech, call me crazy, but I just pre-ordered an iPad Mini Wi-Fi 16GB Black/Slate. I want to see how it compares to my iPad 3. The fact that it has a 1024x768 display and A5 are kind of a let down, but the form factor seems great, very light at 0.68lbs (308g), and I like the sweet Slate back.
Also that 7.2mm (0.28") thickness is pretty insane. We'll see how it goes. I am going to play with both and sell the one I like the least.
yeah gonna call you insane for stepping down from an ipad 3 to an ipad 2 essentially with a smaller screen!
The biggest advantage is the lighter weight. It's also lighter than the other popular 7" tablets, even though the screen is 0.9" larger. For example, here is a weight comparison:iPad Mini
: 308g (~10.9oz/0.68lbs)Nook HD
: 315g (~11.1oz/0.69lbs)Nexus 7
: 340g (~12.0oz/0.75lbs)Fire HD
: 395g (~13.9oz/0.87lbs)
You might think that 1.44lbs of the iPad would be fine but it can be a bit fatiguing when held for a long time, unless propped on something or set down. The iPad Mini being so light and able to be held in one hand means it's much easier to use for long periods of time. I agree with rui-no-onna in that I prefer the 4:3 aspect ratio of the iPad which is more fitting to reading and web surfing (what I use my tablet for 90% of the time). I'd rather the tablet not sacrifice usability just so the letter boxes are smaller for HD movies.
I'll see if the display makes much difference to me. The iPad 3 was my first iPad so I don't have anything else to compare it it. If anything else the iPad Mini will be a fun new device to play with and that Slate back and ultra thin 7.2mm profile are some of my likes, besides the light weight. It does have a few minor technical advantages over the iPad 3 like faster Wi-Fi, 720p front camera instead of VGA, and I'd expect much faster charging time due to the smaller battery (16.3 vs 42.5 watt-hour).
Originally Posted by RedStapler
Originally Posted by Infinite Jest
It seems like the old New iPad is the unwanted lovechild of Apple now. At least the HP TouchPad can keep it company in the bowels of history.
Had to see it coming with the "Lightning" connector though.
There wasn't any precedence from Apple to have given us this indication. They have never released an iPad sooner than the normal ~1 year release cycle and this is the first time they changed the connector. While one might assume they would update the iPad with the new connector, how could one also assume they would update the SoC and make other minor updates. While I wouldn't say it's shocking they would do this, I still didn't really expect it.Edited by Ben the OCer - 10/27/12 at 9:18pm