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Videoen: Joshua Topolsky fra The Verge.

iPad mini

iPad mini er en lettere og mindre udgave af den normale iPad fra Apple. iPad mini er til brug på farten, eller til at læse bøger. Men måske er den så god, at den udkonkurrerer storebroderen: iPad?

Alle anmeldelser, som jeg har læst, giver iPad tæt på toppoint. Formfaktoren, det industrielle design og antallet af kvalitets-apps er bedre end for nogen anden tilsvarende tablet.  Noget der deler vandene en smule, er prisen og skærmopløsningen. De, der fokuserer på pris og manglende retina display, vurderer iPad Mini en anelse lavere end andre.

Prisen

Kr. 2.599 for den billigste og kr 4.999 for den dyreste version.

Enkelte, som The Guardians Charles Arthur, nævner, at direkte prissammenligning er svær, siden Apples politik er at tjene penge på salg af hardwaren, mens Google og Amazons politik er at sælge hardware til kostpris for at tjene penge på, at folk bruger deres andre services. Med andre ord: Det man eventuelt sparer ved at undgå en Apple iPad og købe et konkurrerende produkt, kommer man til at betale senere på den ene eller anden måde.

Apples prispolitik er en lang diskussion, og andre argumenter spiller ind her – f.eks. at at Apples produkter normalt har en bedre og lækrere fysisk finish end konkurrenterne, og at de har en længere livsscyklus, hvor de supporteres med softwareopgraderinger i mindst to år, og stadig fungerer ud over det.

Skærmopløsningen

1024 x 768 Pixels på en 7.9-inch skærm. Det er det samme antal pixels, som på iPad 2; men væsentligt under antal pixels på iPad tredje og fjerde generation. Alle er lidt ærgerlige over, at Ipad mini ikke kommer med retina-skærm. Nogen vurderer, at det kun er når man sammenligner direkte med en retina-skærm, at det bliver tydeligt; mens andre er mere negative.

Anmeldelserne

En oversigt over anmeldelser i førende tidsskrifter kan ses hos GDGT. Et udpluk her:

Engadget

“. . . the iPad mini is well worth considering for anybody currently in the market for a tablet. Its cost is compelling, its design superb and it of course gives access to the best selection of tablet-optimized apps on the market. To consider it just a cheap, tiny iPad is a disservice. This is, simply, a great tablet.”

 The Verge

“. . And it does raise the floor here. There’s no tablet in this size range that’s as beautifully constructed, works as flawlessly, or has such an incredible software selection. Would I prefer a higher-res display? Certainly. Would I trade it for the app selection or hardware design? For the consistency and smoothness of its software, or reliability of its battery? Absolutely not. And as someone who’s been living with (and loving) Google’s Nexus 7 tablet for a few months, I don’t say that lightly.”

All Things

“. .In shrinking the iconic iPad, Apple has pulled off an impressive feat. It has managed to create a tablet that’s notably thinner and lighter than the leading small competitors with 7-inch screens, while squeezing in a significantly roomier 7.9-inch display. And it has shunned the plastic construction used in its smaller rivals to retain the iPad’s sturdier aluminum and glass body.

Unlike its two top small tablet competitors, the mini has a rear camera. And unlike the Kindle Fire HD, it offers optional cellular data connectivity to supplement Wi-Fi. It has very good battery life.

However, there are two downsides compared with the leading 7-inch competitors, the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. First, the iPad mini starts at $329, versus $199 for its two main rivals (though the Fire HD costs $214 without annoying ads). Second, it has a lower screen resolution — 1024 by 768, versus 1280 by 800 for the other two.”

CNET

“. . The iPad Mini is one of the few new product lines that Apple has unveiled this year, yet it’s really just an incredibly shrunken-down redesign of the iPad 2. It’s a perfect size and weight and works exactly as advertised: it’s a truly portable iPad with nearly no compromises, except for lacking the most cutting-edge Retina Display technology and fastest processors. And it’s priced above the budget range that’s represented by devices from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google.”

The New York Times

“By pricing the Mini so high, Apple allows the $200 class of seven-inch Android tablets and readers to live (Google Nexus, Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD). Those tablets also, by the way, have high-definition screens (1,280 by 800 pixels), which the Mini doesn’t.

But the iPad Mini is a far classier, more attractive, thinner machine. It has two cameras instead of one. Its fit and finish are far more refined. And above all, it offers that colossal app catalog, which Android tablet owners can only dream about.

Over all, the Mini gives you all the iPad goodness in a more manageable size, and it’s awesome. You could argue that the iPad Mini is what the iPad always wanted to be.”

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