Posts tagged with: iPad Mini

Apple's iPad mini is the company's first iPad tablet to deviate from the 9.7-inch screen size. The tablet is essentially a scaled-down iPad 2, featuring the same dual-core A5 SoC and the iPad 2's 1024 x 768 screen resolution with 4:3 aspect ratio. The iPad mini is priced starting at $329 for the 16GB WiFi-only model.

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    One of the biggest selling points for the iPad ever since the launch of Apple's first-generation tablet was its battery life. This is one of those few products that is rated for 10 hours of battery life, but that has gone for one or two hours more in every test that analysts have thrown at it. After four years of iPad, and lots of competing tablets from Android and Windows, you'd think that the iPad met its match, but that doesn't seem to be the case. New tests conducted by Which.co.uk show that the iPad continues to reign supreme in battery life when compared to every tablet in the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the launch of the Asus VivoTab Note 8 on the Microsoft Store for a very attractive price. Then we talk about the Nokia Normandy and the reports that the Wall Street Journal is pushing. Samsung follows the news as we talk about a possible "value edition" galaxy S 4, aside from a Galaxy Tab 4. HTC then hits rumor mill with the possible launch of mid-range phones along with the M8, and a possible Nexus 10 tablet. We end today's show talking about a recent study that shows the iPad mini as very easy to break. All this and more after the break. ...

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    At Pocketnow we've developed a certain level of fame for our Durability Report series. We test a smartphone or tablet beyond its review period and tell you what things you should care for most if you want it to last your two-year contract. We do avoid intentional drop-tests, but that doesn't mean that insurance companies do, and you'd be surprised at the results of one company's tests. European insurer SquareTrade recently decided to test the most breakable gadgets in the mobile industry. Its tests weren't scientific, but then again, it's not like if the drop tests or submersion tests that ...

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    Just after Apple's quarter results were in, the IDC has already begun to put its numbers together regarding the tablet market. Traditionally the iPad has seen a decline in worldwide market share over the last couple of years with the obvious proliferation of cheap Android tablets, and more-affordable Windows tablets. Still it seems things are starting to change, and this time, for Apple's benefit. The IDC's latest results show that the iPad's market share grew during the holiday season. This leaves Apple owning 33.8% of the market share, up from 29.7% last quarter, which is definitely ...

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    There’s no denying that the tablet industry has evolved at a tremendous pace in less than three years. For those of us non-believers of the original Microsoft Tablet PC, or even the first iPad and its potential, it was hard to even predict that the services and devices that we see ubiquitous today, would’ve been possible so quickly. That being said, there is no such thing as a perfect tablet, and not every device fits every user. Make sure you watch today’s Top 5 as we talk about the things we all wish to see happening in 2014. We discuss the things that are still not fixed, and the ...

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    Looking at the latest round of iPads, it's easy to say we've come a long way. In just under four years' time, Apple has managed to make the latest full-sized iPad 211g lighter than the original. It's also 2.8mm shorter, 20.2mm narrower, and almost half the thickness – 7.5mm versus the 13.4mm thickness of the original. The outward appearance has drastically changed, as well. It's lighter, more premium, more comfortable hold, and, well, prettier. All the while, Apple has maintained the same screen size, 9.7-inches, and quadrupled the resolution, effectively doubling the density – 264ppi ...

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    Things are going faster and smoother for Apple when it comes to propagating the latest version of the company's OS than, say, for Google, but the two companies are on a totally different strategy. While Android 4.4 KitKat is running on 1.1% of compatible Google devices, Apple's iOS 7 powers 74 percent, a nice adoption rate to have for the latest iteration of a platform. Of course, iOS 7 was announced and released earlier than Android 4.4 KitKat, giving it a relatively large head-start! Still, with the latest figures in, as of December 1, 2013, 22% of Apple's compatible devices still run ...

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    I’m probably going to be overly dramatic with the following statement I’m going to make, but it’s true: I’m tired of hearing Tim Cook repeat how excited he is about 2014. We’ve heard so many CEOs repeat this over and over, and when the company's 2013 line-up wasn’t much to get excited about, it’s honestly a hard glass of water to want to swallow. I don’t know about you, but I’m mixed about Apple’s 2013 line-up. We knew that the iPhone wouldn’t get much more than an iterative update, which has been the norm from Apple in the last six models it’s launched of their ...

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    More than anything else, what we wanted to see Apple change between last year's iPad mini and this year's edition was to improve the tablet's display. Rumors made it seem touch-and-go there for a while, but eventually we got the resolution bump we asked for. As we go hands-on with the new tablet, we've been talking to you about the differences we've spotted compared to the first iPad mini, but now we're hearing about a problem not with what Apple changed, but with what it didn't; it seems that while Apple did enhance the iPad mini 2's resolution it didn't correspondingly improve the ...

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    Apple's latest addition to its tablet lineup as released earlier this week, the highly anticipated iPad mini with Retina Display. Last year's miniature tablet from Apple was a success, yet it was perceived by many to be a compromise – both in performance and display quality. Apple reacted by upgrading the internals and, more importantly, the display. All the while, it managed to maintain approximately the same size, and utilized the same, much loved design. Of course, an upgrade this large warranted a price increase. While the old iPad mini only dropped $30 (rather than the expected $100 ...

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    Last month, alongside the iPad Air announcement, Apple also announced the iPad mini with Retina Display. Unlike the original mini, this new model comes with practically all the same specs as its larger sibling: the A7, 1GB RAM, and, of course, the Retina Display. This time around, instead of keeping the same pricing scale, Apple dropped the price of last year's model by only $30 and bumped the base price of the current iPad mini lineup by $70, making the base price of the new iPad mini $399. Is this mini iPad worth the extra cash? Should you just splurge a bit to get the full-sized iPad ...

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    Apple's announcements of their new iPad line-up came with the surprise that the first-generation iPad mini was going to remain onboard for another year. It's not really a bad tablet, but one that's simply not competitive when compared to devices like the new Nexus 7. Still, this is the most affordable iPad to get right now, and if you're interested in getting some new color on it, it seems that it's out early. The new iPad Air and the changes to the iPad mini were supposed to be launched until November 1st, and yet the iPad mini in the new Space Grey is reportedly already reaching retail ...

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    When Steve Jobs announced the iPad in 2010, I do remember that he never really used the phrase “Apple is re-inventing the tablet” as he did when the company launched the iPhone. Still, Apple’s bet in actually focusing on portability and affordability to make this tablet a mainstream product, and not a niche and expensive one, like Microsoft had, was a bold bet all together. We all panned the iPad when it was announced. I remember that it took me a full 11 months to decide to buy one, simply because I found no reason to buy a big smartphone. I kept repeating to myself that I didn’t ...

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    We all can agree that the iPad mini probably never should have existed without a Retina Display. For many, it was a step backwards for Apple, and something Apple once said it would never do. In fact, calling 7-inch tablets dead on arrival, Steve Jobs, elaborated: "While one could increase the resolution to make up some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter of their present size. Apple has done extensive user testing on touch interfaces over many years, and we really understand this ...

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    It's amazing how, a little over three years ago, nobody cared about tablets. They had existed for almost 8 years, and still, they were either too pricey, or simply not powerful enough to justify their purchase. Fast-forward to today, and it's amazing that all it would take was to bloat a smartphone to make people want them. Still, there's no denying that the market exists, it's huge, and Apple still dominates it. Tomorrow we expect more iPads to be announced, and unless Apple hasn't caught up with the recent reviews of Google's Nexus 7, there's a lot of great competition to worry about. ...

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