After a week on the market, the new iPad Mini has people across the country talking. According to the Dallas News, “The Mini was the iPad that Steve Jobs said Apple would never build.” It seems that Stephens students agree with Jobs.
When Apple’s first tablet hit the market, they set a high standard for other companies to compete. But when Amazon and Barnes and Noble developed full color tablets from their e-readers at a much lower price point, Apple realized it was missing out on a untapped market.
For Mac computer owner, Morgan Campanelli, freshman fashion marketing and management major, a full size iPad seems like an unneccesary purchase.
“The iPad does pretty much everything my computer can do, so I don’t really see the point in needing two very expensive devices,” Campanelli said.
When asked if she would ever consider purchasing the new iPad Mini, Campanelli said she felt that Apple has fallen behind in the race for the best small tablet. Amazon and Barnes and Noble have already come out with the second, HD version of their 7-inch tablets, while Apple had to take a step back and use older technology for the iPad Mini to keep its prices competitive.
While some students feel tablets are unneccesary, others prefer them over laptops. Nichole Twenter, senior marketing and public relations major, loves her iPad 2.
“I like the size because it’s a good replacement to carrying my laptop around. The mini would feel exactly like using my iPhone,” Twenter said.
Overall, she feels that her full size iPad was a good investment.
About a year ago, Melinda Thiedig, junior fashion design major, purchased a Kindle Fire because of its lower price.
“I did not like that it didn’t have a camera, and I couldn’t get all the apps that I had on my iPhone because it has Andriod apps,” Theidig said. Because of this, she ended up selling her Kindle Fire about five months later and purchased an iPad 3 with retina display.
Thiedig said she is much happier with the iPad becuase she can sync it with her iPhone and computer. She agrees the screen is the perfect size, and anything smaller would be just like using her phone.
So, how does Stephens Life feel the new iPad Mini stacks up? Check out these info graphics and decide.