A Choice Between iPad and the Mini Version
The iPad is the undisputed king among tablet PCs and electronic devices. The compact tablet has an irresistible number of features in addition to its text reading capacity, with 3.1 million pixels in its video and photo display, a five megapixel built-in camera and lightening quick downloading capacity. The high-resolution, portable electronic device has already begun nudging out the sales of personal computers. The economic state of society has made users sensitive to price listings, upgrading their portable applications on an average of three to five years, while hanging on to their PC’s up to seven years and more.
The current iPad browser already includes iMessage, Newsstand, Notifications, and Twitter integration, and is able to access the Internet. Apple upgrades its products at a rate of about once a year, so what has it done for its new full-sized iPad? For one thing, it has doubled its screen resolution to an unprecedented 2,048×1,536 pixels, giving it the most crystal clear imaging yet offered on the market. On the new model, the camera is slightly larger, giving it improved optics and camera sensors. It has also integrated voice to text dictation capacity, and an assistant GPS locator.
As an eBook device, iPad continues to dominate the market, with every major bookstore retailer offering an iPad application, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, Google Books, Stanza, and Apple’s own iBooks. So what are its drawbacks? In a single word, the full-sized iPad is heavy. Not, arm straining heavy like lugging around a laptop all day, but at 1.44 pounds, it’s nearly three times the weight of Kindle.
Enter iPad’s new mini-version. Although it hasn’t made its debut yet, Apple promises the new model will be lighter, slimmer and smaller. The drawback is, the mini-version won’t be packing as many pixels, although its resolution is still expected to beat other e-book displays. Nor will older accessories work on your new mini-iPad, unless you fork out thirty to forty dollars for an adapter. However, the new mini-iPad has a starting price of $299, which is two hundred dollars less than the full-sized version.
The new mini-iPad is scheduled to be released October 23, just in time to get its boost on holiday sales. Apple is expected to make millions off the tiny e-book once it’s finally revealed, reinforcing the conviction that Apple is still strides ahead of its competition.