iPad 4 Specs, Price, iPad Mini Review: Fans Bash Apple for Too-Soon Release Date After iPad 3, Similar Features, Both Tablets Are Over-Priced
Apple created a lot of buzz with releasing it's new devices including the "iPad 4" and the iPad Mini. However, some users are fuming that Apple would unveil a new iPad six months after the iPad 3.
The iPad Mini has a 7.9-inch screen and run on Apple's new iOS 6 software. It is 23 percent thinner than the fourth-generation iPad, according to USA Today. It has a display screen resolution of 1,024 x 768 and has a 35 percent larger display area than the Google Nexus 7, and is 67 percent larger to surf the Web. It has a A5 dual-core chip, 5 megapixel iSight camera on the rear of the tablet which can shoot 1080p HD video, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi support as well as the new Lightning connector available on the iPhone 5. It comes with a FaceTime HD camera and 10 hours of battery life. It has WiFi that is twice as fast as previous generation iPads. It will sell for $329 for the 16GB model.
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The iPad 4 comes with the same 9.7-inch Retina display but with an A6X processor, which is twice as fast as A5, and a 1024 x 768 resolution. It has the next generation ISP with 10 hours of battery life and a FaceTime HD camera with 720p. It has WiFi 802.11n, which is twice as fast, and also comes with the new lightening dock connector and enhanced LTE. It sells for $499 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only version, and $629 for the LTE version.
Apple users are fuming. Comments under an article posted by Mashable show how some consumers feel after the latest Apple releases.
Some saw no change in the iPad 3 vs iPad 4. One commenter said, "Bittersweet? No. Not really that big of a change to make me upset or willing to upgrade from the iPad 3."
Some have the iPad 3. One Commenter said, "I want one but I have to admit I have owned all three previous generations of the iPad and I am bit disappointed to see this product only six months after buying the 64 GB LTE 3rd generation iPad. As for the mini iPad, I'm not sure I would be interested in the smaller screen size." Another said, "I am deeply angered, I made the jump to iPad from android precisely because of this type of behaviour from hp, Samsung, htc and the like! They're taking the piss! I expect a buy back scheme from apple! They're supposed to be consumer oriented, clearly they're not!" A commenter responded saying, "I agree, I purchased three iPads in March and April. Now that model has been replaced. I'm upset. They didn't need to rev the product again until March. I guess this means no news ones for a year although as corporate as Apple is getting, they might have a new version next week. This rev was bush league and will devalue consumer confidence. Why buy a device if Apple will release a new one in a couple of months."
Other comments were similar: "I just purchased the 3rd Gen 64gb iPad a little over 2 months ago. I am pissed that a new one is out at the same price line because this drops the value of my iPad. The whole reason I moved to Apple from Android was because the value of Android devices drop immediately. Marginal improvements are not enough to justify releasing a new device this soon. I am not upgrading my device though."
"I'm still in the state of shock, I just bought my 3rd gen iPad a month ago, took the wifi cellular version at 64gb, now I regretful :("
Some fans are saying that Apple is deceiving saying, "I bought the 3rd one last month. I don't feel like it is unjustified to be very frustrated right now. All this after they've mislead folks like myself on the resolution specs with deceptive marketing materials..."
This commenter thinks that the iPad 4 is overpriced, saying, "4th Gen iPad = YAOAC = Yet Another Overpriced Apple Crap. Next!"
Reports surfaced that the iPad Mini is overpriced than other popular 7-inch tablets such as Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, Google's Nexus 7, and Barnes & Noble's NOOK HD.
The Kindle Fire HD is $199 for the 16GB. The Nexus 7 is $249 (16GB) and the NOOK HD is $229 (16GB).
All three tablets are cheaper than the iPad Mini.
CSMonitor said that the iPad Mini is "pretty pricey" for a 7-inch tablet.
Geeksugar.com pointed out: "The iPad mini is the only tablet in its class with a rear-facing camera, but if you'll be using your device primarily for reading and watching, then there are certainly cheaper options on the market." The website also pointed out that the NOOK has a way better display than the iPad Mini.
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