When the IPad Mini was released, the first review I read was negative, but it seems like many prefer the Mini to the fullsize. I think it really depends on your needs. I already have a 10″ Android tablet that gets used around the house primarily for Youtube and Netflix and games. No need for another tablet here. But if I commuted daily on the train, I could see it being useful to have an LTE IPad Mini or Nexus 7.
Background on the Apple IPad Mini
Vs Androd / Nexus 7 / Amazon Fire HD (Pros – price!)
Apple displays are better color wise but the Android 7″ displays hae higher resolution
Overall? IPad Mini or Android 7″ tablet (Google Nexus 7, Amazon Fire HD). I think this really comes down to whether you know there are Apple/iOS only apps or games you want/need. If not, you might be happier with Android because of price and screen resolution.
Price? Android 7″ tablet (Google Nexus 7, Amazon Fire HD)
Games? Apps? IPad Mini
Eyesight/reading? IPad 4 or 7″ Android tablets (all are “Retina”)
Second iPad: IPad Mini
School/Work: Apple Macbook Air / Thinkpad T430 or Dell Laptop!
Wait for Retina IPad Mini? This will take quite a while. Don’t wait.
I think Dave Winer will be proven right on this. Apps will die. The web will live. Why? Because of linking. LINK
And perhaps the ease of making mobile-friendly web pages and “responsive web design”, even websites which act just like a native app on the iPhones or Androids of the world — have you seen nytimes.com/chrome/ in a Chrome browser?
Just about the only thing which will stay apps are video games since linking is not (or at least, less) important in a game since games are usually self-contained universes. And even there I might be a little wrong.
In case you see lots of “Here’s to the crazy ones” quotes today. That’s not Steve Jobs. That’s an Apple ad campaign. Come on people!
Who specifically wrote it? (Ken Segall, of TBWA/Chiat/Day)
His 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford
(Reminder to self: Time to buy a tablet. But probably not an iPad2.)