Guest Post I thought the mini would fill a small niche in my tablet needs, such as controlling my TiVo or Sonos system. So I bought the low-end 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini. I was wrong.
My love for the mini over the other iPads comes down to one thing: size. It’s perfectly sized for every room in the house. It’s perfectly sized for travel, where every ounce counts. My most frequent use is while I’m watching TV. I use it to control my TV, play Pandora on my house’s speaker system, check email, tweet, and update Facebook. It’s much lighter than the iPad 3 I used to use for these tasks.
I do miss the iPad 3′s Retina display. Yes, the display is a step down, and I definitely notice it. But when I have the iPad 3 in my hand, I now notice how heavy it is more than I notice the crispness of the display.
Why all the love for iPad over Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire? These devices have better displays in a similar form factor. That answer comes down to apps. Apple has more than 275,000 tablet-optimized apps. Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire don’t come close.
A higher resolution screen isn’t all that important if the apps aren’t there to take advantage of it. Apple could have included a screen resolution closer to the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire in the iPad mini, but then developers would have had to update their apps to take advantage of that incremental improvement. That wouldn’t make sense.
A secondary reason is that the build quality on the iPad mini is fantastic. Although the Nexus 7 is a terrific tablet for the price, it’s not an iPad mini in fit and finish.
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