Apple’s 4G LTE cellular iPad Mini release date has arrived as Sprint stores across the nation begin selling the highly sought-after, if somewhat debated mini-tab. Today also marks the day that Sprint will begin offering the not entirely all-new iPad 4.
Sprint’s 4G LTE iPad Mini is available in white and black variants, with storage options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. However, those looking for the convenience of 4G cellular connectivity are being force to pay quite the price, with the three storage options coming out at $459.99, $559.99 and $659.99 respectively.
Not only do the above prices seem a little steep when compared to the $329 Wi-Fi only variant of the iPad Mini, but also tower over the sub-$200 price of the iPad Mini’s closets rivals – the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
Ever since the specs, features and release date was announced for the iPad Mini, critics and reviewers have been divided right down the middle. For most it is a simple matter of weighing up “bang for buck” and in such instances it is difficult to consider the iPad Mini good value for money compared to the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. On the other hand, the iPad Mini delivers the unique iOS experience which some argue more than justifies the price.
Long-term sales performance will be interesting to say the least as early reports have been conflicting for the most part and paint a rather cloudy picture. Initial consumer response was weak, the announcement of the $329 price tag triggered a spike in Google Nexus 7 sale, but on the other hand dozens of retailers sold out their entire iPad Mini stocks in an instant.
As such, it is difficult to know which way the 4G LTE cellular version will take iPad Mini sales as a whole, as all the criticism in the world doesn’t seem enough to take the luster from that ever-prestigious Apple badge.