iPad mini: 5 reasons not to buy one

News Stacy Warden 13:34, Oct 24 2012

Before you buy Apple's tiny tablet, consider these reasons to wait

Pre-orders for Apple's iPad mini start this Friday, but is it really worth the hype? Here are five reasons to consider spending your hard-earned dough on something different. 

1. Cost 

While Apple's tinier tablet may be its most affordable yet, it's not exactly budget-friendly. Your cheapest option here starts at $329 for a 16GB Wi-Fi only model. A 64GB Wi-Fi only will run you just as much as the smaller storage version of Apple's full-size iPad at $529; tack on LTE and you're ringing in just under $700. And, guys, that's before taxes. When you want the best bang for your buck, look to Google's Nexus 7 or Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, which both have $199 options. 

2. Resolution 

Apple has spoiled us with a slick Retina Display in its other products, and then just like that, it took it away with the mini. The 7.9-inch screen on this tablet isn't even attempting to trump its competitors at 1024 by 768 resolution (you might recognize those as the same specs as the iPad 2, which is downright archaic at this point). To put that into perspective, Apple's third-gen iPad has a stunning resolution of 2048 x 1536. Even Google's Nexus 7 brings it home better than the iPad mini with 1280 by 800. And if you are willing to settle for less glitz here, do you really want to fork over as much as Apple is asking for it?

3. Specs 

Resolution aside for a moment, the iPad mini's guts are really nothing to write home about. Given that Apple is also about to churn out a fourth-gen full-size iPad with A6X chip (read: faster CPU and even better graphics), it's pretty upsetting that the mini is stuck with the old dual-core A5 (also seen in the iPad 2 and iPod touch). 

4. Expiration date

If we've learned anything from Apple (and to be fair, its competitors too), it's that the first-gen iPad mini will soon be a thing of the past. And it will likely happen more quickly than you think. Just take a look at the release of Apple's "new iPad," which hit shelves back in March of this year. That thing is about to be old news, thanks to the company launching a fourth-gen already. And seriously, if the folks over at Apple skimped this much the first time around, it's just a matter of time before they bring out a slightly improved second-generation iPad mini.  

 

5. Other options 

Honestly, we're not trying to make your mind up here for you. In fact, we have another list in similar fashion stating five reasons you might want to actually buy the damn thing. Still, there are plenty of other affordable (actually affordable) 7-inch tablets that can give you a good run for your money. Our favorites include Google's Nexus 7, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Samsung's Tab 2. It really comes down to a matter of what you're looking for, and how much you're willing to spend. 

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