Five reasons why the iPad mini sucks

Five reasons why the iPad mini sucksFollowing the iPad mini launch on Tuesday evening, I penned Five reasons why the iPad mini will succeed, an entirely accurate – if a little one-sided – look at Apple’s diminutive tablet.

As a proudly objective journalist (as opposed to an Apple-loving blogger (shut it)), I’m obliged to present the other side of the story; the side that says: “Man, that iPad mini is the worst thing since the iPhone 5.” Or something.

Looking back at the aforementioned feature, one could actually take each of the five points and make an argument firmly in the opposite direction. Yeah, let’s do that.

Ready? Let's rock!

1. It’s Apple

As I was saying on Tuesday night in Apple: the stats, it’s not hard to understand why people hate Apple; the vomit inducing advertising (“If you don’t have an iPhone, you don’t have an iPhone”), the self-praising, the fact that seemingly no amount of screw-ups can tarnish their reputation, the claims that Samsung et al are ripping them off – as if Apple came along and invented bloomin’ phones in 2007. The list goes on.

Speaking of ripping people off, it’s funny that Apple has changed its tune about “tweener” tablets all of a sudden. Mind you, Tim Cook had something to say about that earlier: iPad mini > 7in tablets.

Oh, and I can’t believe I forgot to mention this at the time, but the iPhone 5 keynote ended with the Foo Fighters playing a short set, with “My Hero” dedicated to the Apple engineers. Cringe.

2. The price

Surprise, surprise; Apple product costs more than expected. Okay, so not everyone believed the Californians would stoop as low on price as the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7, but £269 for those iPad mini specs? You’re ‘avin’ a laff, mate.

The 16GB Amazon Kindle Fire is £159, while the 16GB Google Nexus 7 is £199. Nuff said.

3. The apps

There’s no arguing that iOS beats Android when it comes to gaming, with exclusives like Infinity Blade and, er, Infinity Blade II.

But if you’re considering forking out £269 for an iPad mini primarily/largely as a portable gaming device, why not pick up a Nintendo 3DS for £135? – half the price of an iPad mini! Four games takes you up to £250ish. Indeed, I’m just glancing at Amazon here; I dare say there are better deals out there.

And the PS Vita recently received a much-needed price cut. You can grab one with Little Big Planet for under £200, I believe.

4. The timing

Ah, the timing. I’m more so thinking of the fourth generation iPad here, but if we can expect new iPads every six months instead of once a year – a) that’ll put a dent in the value pretty quick, and b) it won’t be long before your shiny new device is old news. Those sonsof…

5. The specs

Yes, the iPad mini has a larger display, which Apple reckons yields 35% more real estate, but the resolution is a disappointing 1024 x 768 (163 PPI). That’s barely half way to ‘Retina’.

The Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7, on the other hand, have higher resolutions (1280 x 800) on smaller displays (7in) yielding PPIs of 216.

And as Jan was saying the other day, we’d actually be interested in seeing a bigger iPad if anything. Bring on the 13in iPad maxi. Er, that name might need a little work, admittedly.

Conclusion

You know what? I actually stand by the points made in both features. Yes, the iPad mini will inevitably succeed, but that’s not to say it’s the best thing since sliced iPhone. Far from it.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2012 at 13:02

You forgot => No GPS! I love it, but apparently, the directionally challenged find it scandalous.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 26, 2012 at 13:10

while the 16GB Google Nexus 7 is £199.
I thought it was £169 nowadays?

Stelph  Oct. 26, 2012 at 13:12

You forgot => No GPS! I love it, but apparently, the directionally challenged find it scandalous.

Well TBF the 3G has GPS which isnt a new iPad feature, plus even if it did have GPS theres still APPLE MAPS...... (scary halloween music)

Stelph  Oct. 26, 2012 at 13:13

while the 16GB Google Nexus 7 is £199.
I thought it was £169 nowadays?


Yup, Plus a £10 voucher in PC world to buy, erm, another Nexus 7?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/asus-google-nexus-7-16-gb-169-99-10-voucher-pc-world-currys-1344806

Jim988  Nov. 1, 2012 at 16:39

I am extremely baffled why reviewers are getting wet over this thing. Its an ipad 2 with a 1.8 inch smaller screen for roughly the same price. How in the blue hell does this deserve rave reviews of sites such as verge and engadget? Apple are the only company that gets away with putting old dated specs in new flagship devices, if a nexus tablet did that it would get slated.

Things like this, really **** me off because people act like everything apple make is the second coming of christ.

Stelph  Nov. 2, 2012 at 09:25

I am extremely baffled why reviewers are getting wet over this thing. Its an ipad 2 with a 1.8 inch smaller screen for roughly the same price. How in the blue hell does this deserve rave reviews of sites such as verge and engadget? Apple are the only company that gets away with putting old dated specs in new flagship devices, if a nexus tablet did that it would get slated.

Things like this, really **** me off because people act like everything apple make is the second coming of christ.


TBF you are right to have a rage about it, it doesnt make sense from a specs point of view like you say, however reviewers usually have to think about the whole potential customer base for a product and like it or not the majority of customers dont give a flying flip about what the specs are like as long as the tablet works and gives a good experience and they like the ecosystem. Again a lot of people moan about the inflexability of iOS but its genius is that it is simple so non-techy types can easily use it

What apple has done is given people what they have been wanting for for a while, a cheaper iPad (albeit with a smaller screen and worse specs) but your standard customer wont care, they just like the iPad and so will buy the iPad mini over alternatives.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 2, 2012 at 09:50

+1
Can't argue with that POV... it's futile to debate spec advantages in this context

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