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Apple barged into a market bursting with tough competition, with its 7.9-inch iPad Mini. But, is it really in a whole different league’ from other 7-inch tablets?
The answer is not a straight one. As far as the cost goes, a premium-priced Apple’s iPad Mini may still struggle to find its rightful space among all low-cost Android tablet clutter. But, considering the Apple followership among the upper middle class Indians, this may still be the hottest holiday gift item this season.
Subtle additions like palm detection, a narrower bezel and thinness go to underline how Apple’s iPad Mini stands apart from others. The screen is smaller by a third of the regular iPads, and sits in an aluminium cased frame. It weighs 308 grammes - half as much as a full-sized iPad - making it easier to hold in one hand. It’s powered by Apple A5 dual-core processors, the same processors that powered the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
We loved the fact that just about everything on the iTunes App Store has been tailored to or adapted for the iPad Mini and, thus, users get a ready-made library of tools and games. Another plus is the battery life that can vary between 6.5 and 10 hours, depending on device usage. iPad Mini’s photo-taking quality, with the 5-megapixel onboard camera, is decidedly beneath iPhone 5. So, we won't be recommending this as your primary camera device.
Overall, it's beautiful and light, but Apple is a late entrant in the 7-inch tablet market and a premium price-tag is not going to make it dearer to many. Those who haven’t bought a tablet PC until now, should definitely give the iPad Mini a try.