Wednesday, April 16th11.9°C
21104
20709

Which iPad should uBuy?

Should you go 7.9 or 9.7?

It's one of two big questions facing indecisive consumers who are thinking about buying a new iPad but aren't sure which one to choose.

The new iPad mini, which went on sale in Canada on Friday, has a 7.9-inch screen, versus the 9.7-inch display on the newest full-size iPad.

The other magic number to consider is $170, as in the price difference between an iPad mini and a similarly equipped version of the latest large-sized iPad.

On the low end, a WiFi-only 16-gigabyte iPad mini is $329, versus $499 for the big iPad. The most expensive 64-gigabyte iPad mini, out later this month, is WiFi and mobile network-ready. It'll go for $659, while the latest upgrade of the iPad with the same specs goes for $829.

So is it worth an extra $170 for the larger iPad? Or put another way, will price-conscious buyers regret not spending the extra $170 if they go with the cheaper iPad mini?

The iPad mini's smaller screen brings down its cost and Apple also saved a few bucks by sacrificing a bit of screen quality.

Since the third generation of the larger iPad, Apple has used its so-called Retina Displays, which have a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels, and a pixel density of 264 per inch.

In plain English, more pixels equal more detail and better sharpness.

Because the iPad mini has a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels and a pixel density of 163 per inch, it is noticeably less sharp. Text on the iPad mini has some clear raggedness around the edges.

But it may not be apparent to many users unless they're doing a side-by-side comparison with a larger iPad or another tablet with better screen resolution. In any case, many will find the slight increase in sharpness isn't worth an extra $170 and is an acceptable sacrifice to safe a considerable chunk of change.

For those that envision carrying their tablet around on a daily basis, the iPad mini is a little easier to lug around, with its smaller size and lighter weight. Those who would keep it on their coffee table or kitchen counter most of the time might not appreciate the smaller size as much.

Even starting at $329, Apple's latest tablet isn't exactly dirt cheap. In fact, when compared against some similar-sized competing tablets, it looks expensive.

Google's WiFi-only 16-gigabyte Nexus 7 is $209. It has a slightly smaller seven-inch screen but is sharper, with a resolution of 1,280 by 800 pixels and a pixel depth of 216 per inch.

Don't let the price deceive you, the Nexus 7 is a quality product. It's speculated that Google may be selling it at cost in an effort to challenge Apple's supremacy in the tablet market.

The Canadian Press


Read more Business News

20820


Recent Trending




Today's Market
S&P TSX14446.52+142.60
S&P CDNX997.975.87
DJIA16424.85162.29
Nasdaq4086.225+52.064
S&P 5001862.31+19.33
CDN Dollar0.9089+0.0012
Gold1302.20+2.20
Oil103.91+0.15
Lumber327.90-0.90
Natural Gas4.534+0.004

 
Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.105-0.005
Knighthawk0.01-0.005
QHR Technologies Inc1.22-0.05
Cantex0.045-0.005
Anavex Life Sciences0.375-0.005
Metalex Ventures0.0750.00
Russel Metals30.55+0.28
Copper Mountain Mining2.42+0.10
Colorado Resources0.2650.00
ReliaBrand Inc0.12-0.01
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.025-0.005
Mission Ready Services0.23-0.02

 
19691


21100

FEATURED Property
1655087#122 (Week 28 & 29) 1310 Water Street
$15,000
more details
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading


Valuation fears grip markets

The Big Picture Valuation fears grip markets Growing concerns about the level of stock market valuations sparked a risk-off trade in global markets this week. Investors are worried that many companies...


Quick and nimble

Photo: ContributedFor many businesses this has been a tremendously difficult time since the 2008 crisis. Business fell off. Sales techniques that always worked, well… stopped working. Customers...


Keeping a clear focus on the future

Many times when we are gripped by fear it can be one of two mental challenges that we can learn to overcome. Photo: ContributedThe Fear is completely imaginary. In this situation there may be no fact...

_



21604

21641


Member of BC Press Council


21188