Mini Lines for Ipad Mini

Savana Freyman, Staff Writer

Apple Inc’s iPad mini hit stores on Nov. 2, in 34 countries around the world attracting sparser crowds than previous Apple launches. The lines were shorter than higher-profile launches like the iPhone 5 or full-sized iPad.

IPad mini has everything that makes an iPad what it is, but it’s a fraction of the size. At just 7.9 inches tall, 5.3 inches wide and 0.28-inch thick, it’s pencil thin and unbelievably light.  It’s even thinner than the iPhone 5.  You can easily hold it in your palm and stash it in your smallest bag without a second thought, so it’s always close at hand.

The ipad mini starts at $329 for the 16-gigabyte, Wi-Fi only version. Larger 32 GB and 64 GB versions will cost $429 and $529 respectively.  This price is still significantly more than similarly sized tablets from Google (GOOG) and Amazon $199 Kindle Fire HD.

Usually consumers anticipate the release of a new apple product, but there are some consumers that are less than convinced to buy.

“I would not buy it. I would not pay that much money for a name brand. It is an overrated tablet that does absolutely nothing spectacular. Apple thinks they can sell the same item at different sizes and expect to deceive the public.” Kelly Simone, junior, said.

Thanks to its enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities, the iPad mini offers noticeably better performance than the iPad 2 when loading webpages or streaming video.

In terms of battery life, Apple says the iPad mini can last as long on a full charge as the standard iPad: up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi Web surfing, watching video, or listening to music; or up to 9 hours of Web surfing over a cellular-data connection.

The iPad mini has a lot to offer, but may be targeting a small audience.

“Although the iPad Mini has a lot of cool features, I would not but it because it’s not useful in my everyday life.” Samantha Schissler, junior, said.

Apple always puts out quality products however the prices seem to turn away many potential buyers.