At last. My complaints of the iPad being too thick and heavy were abated today with the announcement of the iPad Mini. While it would have been nice if the screen resolution wasn’t that of the last (now last-last) generation iPad, the thinness and reduction in weight will more than make up for the display being not as crisp as the iPad with the Retina display. Because let’s face it: while the Nexus 7 is a fantastic value, the app selection on Android for tablets is still terrible. The app selection on the iPad is fantastic. And with the iPad Mini, thanks to not introducing a new resolution, all apps will work on it. And finally, finally, finally, you’ll be able to hold it with one hand.
And then there’s the updated 9.7″ iPad, which now has an A6x CPU, which we assume to mean that it’s similar to what’s found in the iPhone 5 (with its higher clock speed and smaller size), but it adds perhaps another GPU core to make for a total of four (the iPhone 5 has a tri-core GPU). Also, the inclusion of the lightning port will make it slightly less upsetting that all of your 30-pin connectors are mostly useless. We’re happy that the 9.7″ iPad was given a faster processor because, as new iPad owners know, the iPad 3 can suffer from the occasional lag.
Take a look at some of my first impressions of both of these devices.