Sometimes Apple really perplexes me.
I’ll tell you why.
Last month, when they announced the iPhone 5, many speculated that Apple would also unveil the iPad Mini.
Others felt that Apple wouldn’t want to upstage the iPhone with the iPad mini.
Ultimately, the iPhone was announced alone.
On Wednesday, last week, however, they announced two new products, the iPad Mini AND the iPad 4.
Few, like myself, even took notice that there was another iPad release.
Hadn’t Apple withheld the release of the iPad Mini to avoid one device stealing the thunder from another?
Why, then would they announce the release the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini on the same date?
It’s not like the iPad 4 isn’t worthy of shine.
It’s got the new lightning connector.
And supposedly it’s fast a hell.
It’s got an A6X processor and doubled the speed of wifi.
There’s also a higher quality FaceTime camera, which means you can see yourself…better?
But as many analysts have noted, it’s just an iterative change.
Well we got both the iPad 4 and Mini in the office yesterday, and the Mini is nothing to write home about.
I can say this much about it – it’s smaller.
You can fit it comfortably in your hand, like the Galaxy Note.
And it’s extremely light.
Compared to the iPad 4 (which weighs a friggin’ ton) it’s light as a feather.
But that’s about where the benefits end.
The display isn’t retina, and the difference is noticeable.
And everything is smaller.
You would think that looking at websites on the Mini would be akin to viewing on a full-size iPad, but tis not the case.
It’s more like looking at a big iPhone.
The text is too small to be read easily without eye strain, and everything is just…smaller.
The iPad 4, for it’s part is really just a blown out iPad 2.
Like it’s predecessor (the iPad 3), it’s heavy as shit.
This extra weight comes not from the retina display, the new processor or additional antennae.
It’s the battery.
Want all those bells and whistles?
Then hold this fat ass battery.
As far as performance goes, they’re virtually indistinguishable.
Watching videos over wifi, they performed pretty well.
Both loaded quickly and streamed fine.
Folks filed in to take a look at the Mini, and the universal opinion was that it was ‘cute’ and little.
And that may be enough for folks to shell out $329 for the wifi only model.
And the extra weight may not bother folks who are looking to preserve their eyesight and cop the iPad 4.
To be honest, I was underwhelmed by both devices.
For what it’s worth, I’ll pick up an iPad 2 and call it a day.