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iPad Mini – Mini Review

Yes the title is kind of strange. But I got to play with an iPad Mini on today’s Field Trip.

I have played with iPads before and didn’t see a reason to go away from the Android systems I like, but lots of people like iOS. As for the iPad Mini its operation seemed smooth and things loaded fast and the screen was nice and crisp. As for the size, I have bigger hands than most but the feel of it was too big to the point that my hand was stretched way out to hold on to the device, making it hard to hold and at that point you may as well get the extra 2 inches. But if you wanted the smaller form this would be good if you are already in the iOS world and have only an iPhone or an old iPad but you wouldn’t want to get this if you have a newer iPad.

One other thing is the flaw of only having that Home button, I opened up the iBooks app to see how a book looked, and while it was nice there is no obvious way to get to all of your books or the table of contents. I tried holding Home but Siri wanted to help me find something, swiped from the edges but only a small bit of something came from the top but wouldn’t pull down, double tapped and even did a long tap and only got page turns. While this is only one app it does point to the fact that if there is no menus on-screen and no buttons what are you supposed to do if you have no other instructions. At least on Android you know that the menu button will get you some kind of menu, but also on Windows 8 I see this as a problem until you know that if you slide from one side a menu opens.

My experience with this app should not say if you are going to get an iPad Mini for the smaller size it should be a good experience, but it isn’t something you would go buy the iPad 4th generation and then need one of these. You would kind of just pick one based on the size you want since all of the same apps work on both devices.

Apple iPad mini

Apple had a big “Event” today they announced a updates to the MacBook Pro, iMac, iPad, and a new iPad mini that is smaller iPad with similar specs as the iPad. The new mini has a 7.9 inch diagonal screen with the same 1024 x 768 resolution as the iPad. It runs a slower A5 processor but has the same 10 hour expected battery life, along with a 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera, and the new Lightning connector. It will come in a Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cell version that runs all the normal iPad apps with no special changes to the app. There is both a Black and White version, in 16/32/64GB and you can get a special smart cover that comes in multiple colors.

Check out the gallery and tech spec table below.

Screen 7.9 inch 1024 x 768 resolution
Processor Dual-core A5
Storage 16, 32, 64 GB
Wireless Dual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GSM or CDMA, LTE,
Carriers in USA AT&T, Sprint, Verizon
Colors Black and White,
Camera 5MP back 1080p video, 1.2MP front 720p video
Connectors Lighting, 3.5mm headphone, nano-SIM
Battery 10 hours web, 9 hours web on cell data
Pre-Order / Ships October 26 2012 / November 2 2012 for Wi-Fi
Price Wi-Fi 16GB $329, 32GB $429, 64GB $529
Price Wi-Fi + Cell 16GB $459, 32GB $559, 64GB $659

Apple “Event” October 23 2012 – Live Blog

We are going to be live blogging the Apple announcement starting 10:00 AM PDT with the video Apple will be putting out. You can follow the video on the Apple Events site, and full information will be avalible here on Tek4.me as details come out. The expected announcements are a New New iPad (4 generation), iPad mini, or maybe an update to the MacBook laptop line, will see what comes out! We don’t like to speculate too much or have unannounced rumors, but do expect everything to be amazing, one more thing, and the best!


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Thats all for this Live Blog full information to come stay tune to Tek4.ME for those updates! Thanks for reading along.

12.13

Recap, update to MacBook Pro 13 inch, update to iMac, update to iPad to 4th Generation, new iPad mini.

12.11

iPad mini in hand

ipad mini screen shot of stream in hand

12.09

Pre-Order Friday October 26 2012 Ships November 2 2012

12.08

Wi-Fi iPad min starts at 9 for 16GB

12.05

Updated Smart cover for the iPad mini

12.03

iPad mini specs: A5 processer, LTE version, Lighting connecter, front and back connecter, 10 hours battery, 7.9″ display, same apps as normal iPad.

12.01

Trying to show apps that are optimized for iPad to none updated Android apps not made for tablets, that makers of those apps are responsible for not Apple or Google, kind of a low.

11.57

Comparing Nexus 7 with out saying the name to the iPad mini

11.55

Updated design that fits in your hand, thin as a pencil 0.68 lb., 7.9 inches, same resolution as iPad

11.52

iPad mini is real.

11.51

iPad 4th generation with updates Wi-Fi 16GB 9

11.50

iPad 4th generation with updated A6X processer, front camera, 10 hours battery, more LTE support, updated Wi-Fi, Lighting connecter

11.47

2,500 classrooms using iBooks textbooks, update to iBooks Author download today

11.42

100 Million iPads sold 275,000 iPad apps 91% of tablet web traffic

11.40

21.5 inch iMac starts at 99, 27 inch iMac starts at 99

11.39

Fusion Drive combines both a Flash memory drive and standard hard drive and is managed by the os to keep most used applications on the SSD.

11.38

Updated iMac has better anti-glair screen.

11.31

MacBook pro 13 on sale today for 89

11.21

MacBook Pro 13.3 inch with Retina Display 2560 x 1600 178 degree IPS display

11.18

Updated MacBook Pro .75 inch thick 3.5 lb

11.17

Macs #1 notebook and desktops in US

11.14

Update to iBooks include iCloud sync, new reading mode, and share integration. Free download today from App store

11.08

The live video  only works on Snowleopard MACs kind of a fail on the part of Apple

11.05

They have started by talking some numbers of how good iPhone 5 is selling, and shown some video of people buying the iPhone.

10.52

Starting soon!

Apple - Apple Events - Apple Special Event October 2012 starting soon

09.23

Full updates start at 11 AM MDT when the event starts.

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