Why? Seriously - why buy the iPad mini now?
I agree, the iPad mini 2 will surely correct the shortcomings present now. So if that's the case, why buy this device now? Is it because someone may be already heavily invested in the Apple walled garden they'd have to essentially throw away all their current inventory of purchased apps and iTunes music? Is that the main argument? If that is the case, throw out the window. Let's say someone has not invested any time into either ecosystem. Which device would you recommend then?
The iPad mini - or Nexus 7/Kindle Fire.
Also, the iPad mini is being advertised at the Apple store as being $329. Why is your price alert saying it is "as low as" $407?
2. The Google Play Store has not evolved internationally at this point. iTunes is available in over 60 countries. Google Play Music allows you to buy only if you are in the USA (that is one country) So that ecosystem may be better for someone in England lets say.
3. The screen surface area IS in fact larger. This can be a feature beneficial to some. So is the option to have 64GB onboard.
So while the Nexus 7 was/is a better fit for me, I can understand why the ipad mini is better for some other users. Make sense?
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Like falleninsea and the others said, it comes down to personal preference. And honestly, as far as specs go on tablets these days, most people only care about two things, and that's reliability and speed. So what if another tablet is at a better price with better specs. The ipad mini handles great as far as speed goes and is much more reliable then most similar tablets out there. If your an apple person or even just looking into getting a solid tablet, you can't go wrong with the ipad mini.
For my family the iPad . I think its still the easiest OS to use and the one least likely to confuse them or get them in trouble by installing something stupid or accidentally change their default browser or change the launcher to something custom.
For most of my friends Android. But they like to tweak and change their devices and are not scared to wipe it and start over if they screw it up.
Here is another example. my friend has started to build a Blue Ray movie collection. a lot of the movies he has bought have iTunes Digital Copy. he is looking at getting the Mini so his son can watch the movies on it while they travel this holiday season.