There’re speculations whether Apple’s new product would hurt the company’s bottom line.
Well, it’s hard to predict, but if pre-sales and reviews do matter, the iPad mini is off to a running start.
The smaller version of Apple’s bestseller is to hit stores on Friday, pre-orders currently indicate a shipping time of two weeks. Meanwhile, iPad Mini is highly praises by tech journalists.
Charles Arthur of The Guardian predicts that the Californian tech giant would sell millions of the new tablet, “quite possibly more than the “large” iPad.”
He suggests: “The only way Apple could improve on this product would be (as some people are already agitating) to give it a retina screen and somehow make it lighter. That might happen at some point. You can wait if you like; other people, in the meantime, will be buying this one.”
“If you want the full, polished Apple tablet experience in a smaller package, the iPad Mini is worth the premium price,” says CNET senior editor Scott Stein.
“Otherwise, good alternatives are available for less money.”
The tablet’s quality, for its size bracket, seems to be appealing to several reviewers.
“There’s no tablet in this size range that’s as beautifully constructed, works as flawlessly, or has such an incredible software selection,” said Joshua Topolsky, editor in chief of The Verge.
However, small size of the device has some disadvantages. Though, the tablet doesn’t feature Retina display or the same processor as the fourth generation iPad, it’s not a big deal for critics.
“The iPad mini may not have the A6X processor of the new flagship fourth-gen iPad, but the A5 is sufficient to keep things moving smoothly without making a huge dent in battery life,” said SlashGear editor in chief Vincent Nguyen.
Engadget editor in chief Tim Stevens describes Mini’s display as a “pro,” pointing out that the smaller screen size means more pixel density.
“Colors are very pleasing to the eye and viewing angles, as ever with an Apple display, do not disappoint,” Stevens said.
The new Apple’s tablet goes on sale at start price of $329 for a 16GB Wi-Fi only model, $429 for a 32 GB model and $529 for a 64 GB model.
The Wi-Fi only models are reported to ship on Nov. 2. Still, pre-order ship dates have been pushed back for some models, CBS News informs.
The iPad mini models with Wi-Fi and 4G starts at $459 for 16GB, $559 for 32GB, and $659 for 64GB, and is available on Nov. 16.
Arthur claims that the price for the device “is higher than rivals – at
£229 £269, it’s £40 £110 more than the £159 16GB Nexus 7″.
The critic cites that the price tag is too high as iPad Mini has no expandable storage; letterboxing of films; no HDMI out (though AirPlay is a wireless equivalent).