Apple’s newly-unveiled iPad Mini may be drawing huge acclaim from the majority of reviewers and eager consumers, but there are some that already expressed their disappointment with some of its key specs and features. Topping the list is the display, which although offers increased viewing space compared to its key rivals is considerably lagging behind the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 in terms of resolution.
Given the fact that the iPad Mini is considerably more expensive than both, some have labeled this as largely unforgivable.
When the iPad Mini release date arrives, the consumer public will be asked to hand over $320 for the honor of ownership, while the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 continue to represent the stocking-stuffers of the year at just $199. Praise has generally been high for the way in which the iPad Mini delivers much of the full-fat iPad experience all crammed into a smaller package, but with a screen resolution of 1,024 by 768, some have accused Apple of taking a massive step backward.
Bad enough had the iPad Mini arrived as a solo act – quite appalling given the presence of two vastly cheaper 7-inch tablets with considerably superior screens.
Industry experts have suggested that Apple had no choice other than to go with the lower resolution as there are at present only two options at which the quarter of a million iOS apps will work. Had they gone for the upper-option, the battery would have been drained in minutes.
What all of the above adds up to is yet another string in the bows of both the Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7 – both of which may not have nearly as much to fear from the iPad Mini as once suggested. In fact, both experienced massive spikes in sales following the official unveiling of the iPad Mini, suggesting that its combine specs, features and price-tags did not strike as big a chord as expected.