The iPad 4 and iPad Mini Are Now Available– Here’s What You Need To Know About Them

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Late last week Apple began selling their long-awaited iPad Mini as well as a new iPad 4. The iPad Mini was the long rumored smaller version of the iPad while the iPad 4 was more of a surprise update to the iPad 3, giving it some nice updates to make the bigger iPad even better. Now we know a lot of you, particularly anyone who just bought an iPad 3 over the last few months, are wondering what exactly is new here, but don’t worry, we’ve got everything you need to know about both of these new iPads ready for you after the break.

iPad 4

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The iPad 4 (or as Apple calls it, the “iPad with Retina Display”) isn’t as major of an upgrade to the iPad as the iPad 3 was to the iPad 2. Like the iPad 3, the iPad 4 has that amazing 9.7 inch Retina Display, thin design, 10 hour battery and comes in either WiFi or WiFi+4G LTE versions.

The iPad 4 builds on the iPad 3 with a few modern upgrades. New here are the A6X processor, a faster version of the dual-core A5X the iPad 3 has. Apple says that this new processor will be twice as fast, so apps and games on this new iPad will run even better (which is amazing seeing as the iPad 3 is already pretty great). Apple has also upgraded the front camera to the new FaceTime HD for HD video chat, and added the new Lightning connector found on the new iPods and iPhone 5. And yes, this means that if you have older iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories they won’t work here unless you get an adapter.

Like all iPads, the iPad 4 will start at $500 for the 16 GB WiFi version and go up to $830 for the 64 GB WiFi+4G LTE version.

Oh, and if you bought an iPad 3 in October before the iPad 4 was announced you’re in luck– Apple will let you exchange it for one of these new iPads free of charge.

The iPad 4 is available now.

iPad Mini

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The iPad Mini is kinda like a larger version of the new iPod touch or a smaller version of the iPad 4 depending how you look at it. Regardless, it looks to be a solid choice for anyone looking for a smaller, more portable iPad.

First things first– the screen. The iPad Mini has a 7.9 inch screen, down from the 9.7 inches on the regular iPad. Now even though the Mini’s screen is smaller, it is the same resolution as the original iPad and iPad 2 so all 275,000+ iPad apps will be able to work on it right away. One thing to note: the Mini’s screen isn’t a Retina Display, so while it will look good, it won’t be as great as the screens on the iPad 3 or 4.

Inside the Mini you’ll find many of the same specs that were in the iPad 2– a dual core A5 processor (so not as fast as the iPad 3 or 4, but just as fast as the 4S), a super thin aluminum design (like actually pencil thin), 5 megapixel back camera with FaceTime HD camera on the front for HD video chat, the all new Lightning connector, and iOS 6 with Siri. Like the regular iPad, the Mini has the same excellent 10 hour battery life and comes in either WiFi or WiFi+4G LTE versions.

ipad mini black

Now here’s the biggest downside to the iPad Mini– the price. The iPad Mini starts at $330 for the 16 GB WiFi only version or $460 for the WiFi+4G LTE 16 GB version. This is almost double the price of Google’s 7 inch Nexus 7 tablet and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, and honestly we’re not sure if it’s worth it.

We’ve recently had a chance to spend a couple of minutes with the Mini, and while its design is great, the fact that it costs so much and doesn’t have that Retina screen makes us want to wait at least until next year, when Apple is expected to update the Mini to a Retina Display (or at least look at the iPad 4 with its faster processor and Retina Display if we were looking to get an iPad today).

Like the iPad 4, the iPad Mini is also available now on Apple’s site.

What do you think– have any of you gotten the iPad Mini over the iPad 3/4, and if so how do you like it?

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Posted on November 8, 2012, in Apple, Tablets and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. So looking at the new Ipad mini, in your opinion would it be worth to buy the Nexus 7, or the samsung galaxy tab, both of them are less the than $250 compared to the Ipad mini?

    • The new Mini iPad and Nexus 7 aren’t the only new tablets released this month — the Novo 7 Flame 32GB also just launched – an impressive 7 Inch tablet priced at $189 at a site called TabletSprint — The Novo 7 Flame Android tablet definately has a “cool factor” and is sleek and compact with a brush metal back cover and offers a 1280×800 Hi – Res screen, Dual Core CPU, 32GB Memory, MicroSD portable storage, an HDMI connection to your TV with full 1080p (HD) that’s great for movie downloads, a 5 megapixel Rear Camera with AF & LED Flash and a 2 MP webcam; Plus great connection – Bluetooth, WiFi, Ethernet, and options for 3G. The tablet is made by Ainol Electronics, which received a “Best Tablet of the Year” award at CNET Consumer Electronics Show 2012 — TabletSprint also offers a free 3G/4G 500MB monthly data plan with full internet access/VoIP calling in the U.S. — worth comparing this model to others —

    • All three are good tablets, especially for things like reading, watching videos, going online, and doing things like video chatting. Choosing between the three really depends on what you plan to use it for.

      If you like using apps you should consider getting the Mini as there are 275,000+ tablet apps that will work on it.These tablet apps allow you to do so much more with the Mini, and while the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab (as well as other $200, 7 inch Android tablets like the Kindle HD and Nook HD) also have thousands of apps, most of them are designed for phones and not the larger 7 inch screens of the tablets. This means that they won’t look as nice, and in some cases, not work as well.

      But if you don’t plan on using a lot of apps and mainly want something portable for reading, going online and watching videos, you may be better off with the cheaper Nexus 7.

  2. I have both The ipad mini and nexus 7 and here are my thoughts so far. The screen/ image is noticeably better on the nexus ( seriously noticable) but the wifi is much quicker on the mini. Regardless of what people say most of the apps are available on both systems so its no where near the issue people make it out to be but ios versions are more refined. I love Siri on iOS but the google voice is amazing but in a different way. Tip: Just install google microphone on the mini and you have both! I find the typing and auto correct is a bit more refined on iOS. The mini freezes up quite often and is way underpowered compared to the nexus. Shopping for content is better at present on iOS but google will catch up fast here I’m sure. Google maps, sorry apple but the offline ability is way better on android than the current iOS 6. You can pick different areas any where in the world and store them for future where the ipad just let’s you store one current oversized view. Nexus has gps so you can still track yourself when offline for free but with the mini your outta luck cause no gps. I do find the new iOS 6 maps more fluid on the mini but still google wins here. As far a build goes the mini appears better but not by much as there both pretty solid but i gotta say the nexus rubber back is way better than the mini as this mini is always sliding around where the nexus stays put. As far as price and bang for the buck goes the nexus 7 wins. Honestly , the mini needs 3 things, retina display, faster processor and android widgets! Oh, and multi user login. Android just needs refinement.
    Get both!

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