iPad Mini Reality Check: 10 Reasons to Not Buy This Tablet
With the iPad Mini now on store shelves, some customers are already enjoying the small tablet. The device comes with a 7.9-inch screen and iOS 6, and is much lighter and thinner than the bigger, fourth-generation iPad. For now, the WiFi-only model is available, but the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) version will be shipping soon. Once that happens, customers will have the full slate of options available to them. Then, the iPad Mini will finally be put to the test in the mobile market. But why not look at how the iPad Mini measures up to the competition now? We already know everything there is to know about Apple's tablet, and the onus is on customers to decide whether the product is worth buying or not. For Apple fans who have stood in line for the company's many products, the iPad Mini is an obvious buy. But for customers who have either not jumped into the tablet market or don't have much knowledge of the iPad Mini, making that decision isn't so simple. Despite what Apple says about its tablets, the iPad Mini is not perfect for every mobile customer. In fact, it might be plain wrong for some folks. Take a look at this eWEEK slide show to find out what sort of flaws make the iPad Mini unworthy of a person's hard-earned cash.
The Pricing Is High
Apple's iPad Mini is expensive. In fact, it's very expensive. The tablet starts out at $329 and quickly rises to $659 for the high-end model. That is a prohibitively high price for many customers—considering that Apple's tablet is competing against devices that retail for around $199.