iPad 4 vs. iPad Mini, which would you personally buy?
Mini, believe it or not, but I'd have to ponder that quite a bit. Most of my tableting is reading, web surfing, and casual app usage. I don't need the firepower and, for me, the light weight and battery life more than make up for the lack of Retina -- and the cost.
So if they come out with a retina iPad mini in the next year or two... is it "game over" for the big iPad?
If what you say about the mini is true, it seems like the only people left that would want the big iPad are those that are very concerned about specs and those trying to replace a desktop/laptop completely, right?
How's the thumb rejection? I didn't really get to play with that much at the event last week, but I'm curious how you feel it performs with that thin bezel.
Surprisingly good. I confess I've never bothered to test it on any other iPad because the bezels have always been so generous it wasn't an issue. I made a point to try it out here and didn't have any issue in the apps that I thought you'd be most commonly using one-handed (Safari, Kindle, iBooks). So, you can indeed safely use this with one thumb squarely on the display.
Ahh, was in the midst of typing then when you asked. Would like to know this too!
The Verge mentioned something about stereo speakers. The Apple announcement didn't say anything about stereo speakers. From the pictures you can see holes on both sides of the Lightning connector. Are they stereo speakers or mono speaker and mic?
According to...? It says "speaker" on the Apple site. That's pretty conclusive.
Topolsky just tweeted that apple confirmed it is stereo.
Stay tuned, investigating...
I stand corrected. Stereo it is. Hopefully Apple updates its own spec page...
Thanks for the review. In the Apple Keynote, Tim Cook made reference to how the surface area of iPad Mini offers 35% greater screen area when browsing in portrait mode, and 67% more when in landscape mode than the Nexus 7. (This is of course after removing menu bars and tabs and such). The example used on stage was the Guggenheim
In your testing did this difference instantly stand out to you or was it something you had to actively think of?
It didn't jump out to me, no. And remember -- a lot of that extra space is off to the side in portrait view, a place that most webpages render only whitespace. In landscape, though, you definitely do get a bigger, cleaner view at most webpages.
Overall I generally prefer the 16:9 aspect ratio for a 7-inch tablet, both for ease of grip and for better suitability of watching HD content.
How long do you think will they support this with updates given old internals
Quite awhile. They've sold an awful, awful lot of iPad 2s and iPad 3s -- which uses very similar internals.
My first concern when I heard the UI had all been shrunk down was that it could dramatically change the usability of many 3rd-party apps. Did you test out 3rd-party apps on the mini? If so, did you find the smaller form factor difficult to use with any of them?
I did, and didn't have an issue. Honestly the thing that was most cramped for me is the 4-digit PIN unlock. That feels a little tiny, but otherwise I had no issues.
How is typing in landscape? I take quick notes with my iPad2 in meetings. Thanks
I'm more of a thumb typer, to be honest, and for that I found the iPad mini to actually be better than the 10-incher.
Landscape typing QWERTY style is definitely a bit on the cramped side.
How's the clarity? Specifically with reading text.
Just fine. Obviously doesn't match Retina but it's improved enough over the iPad 2 that it didn't bother me a bit.