Why I'm not buying an iPad mini
It boils down to one reason: the screen. At 163 PPI, it's just not good enough.
Now, I may have felt differently if I didn't already own a Retina iPad (PPI = 264), but the screen on the iPad mini seems like a step backwards to me. I'm sure plenty of you feel that the increased portability of a smaller tablet (whether the iPad mini or the Nexus 7 or whatever) more than offsets the lower pixel density -- and I completely respect that preference -- but it's not a trade-off I'm willing to make right now.
Why? Well, you when you compare the iPad mini and the Retina iPad, you can immediately see the difference in how text is rendered. I read a lot on my tablet, and so I care a lot about how crisp text looks. (It's one big reason why I tend to use an e-ink reader for books.)
I am definitely a fan of smaller tablets (I had an original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab back in the day and liked it despite its flaws), but since my tablet needs are being adequately satisfied by what I already have, I'm comfortable with holding out for something with a higher resolution display. This doesn't seem especially hard to do since I have little doubt we'll see a whole slew of smaller tablets with higher resolutions beginning early next year. Even if we don't see an iPad mini with a Retina display until next October, we'll surely see a bunch of seven-inch Android models with better pixel density. The recently-launched 7-inch Nook HD sports a screen resolution of 900 x 1440 (PPI = 243), and it's hard to imagine it'll take long for someone to get there (or better) with a tablet running full-blown Android.
Is the iPad mini a great device? Absolutely, and it merits the high gdgt score we've given it. But for me personally, it doesn't feel like the right time to buy one. Perhaps if I didn't already own a tablet and an e-ink reader I might be less inclined to wait, but this really feels to me like one of those times when what I want is just over the horizon.
I'm sure that amount of RAM is sufficient for the near-term future.
But I have my doubts about how well this generation of the device will perform with future OS upgrades...it's pretty much the same guts as the iPhone 4S (and the iPad 2), and if Apple stays consistent with its treatment of older devices on iOS upgrades, then the features supported on iOS 7 by the 4S will probably be limited (not unlike how the iPhone 4 supports a subset of iOS 6 features now).
I'd feel that it is a bit more future-proof if it had a gig of RAM.
Despite Apple's best wishes, I don't really want to upgrade my tablet every 2 years...I think with proper care & love one should get 3-4 years of serviceable use at least (especially given overall build quality & price).
Id buy a nexus 7 but it just got launched here for the equivalent of 380$
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iPad mini with Retina display would have been dope. I was willing to give up my 3rd gen iPad if iPad mini had retina display. I guess I will have to wait.