So, the iPad Mini is now real, as is the iPad 4. In a lot of ways, these are nothing more than space fillers while new and better products will be coming next year, but if you’re in the market for a tablet, you’ve got a decision to make.
Let’s just get this out of the way: There is no reason whatsoever to buy an iPad Mini. Seriously. Don’t do it.
Why? It’s essentially a cut down iPad 2, which means that if you want a smaller tablet, the Kindle Fire, the Nook, and the Nexus 7 all have better screens, faster processors, and thus apps will work better and look better. You’ll also save $80 to $100, depending on which one you buy, since the iPad Mini costs $330.
No, if you want a great tablet from Apple, the choice is clear: Get the full iPad. The iPad 3 can be found for as cheap as $380 if you buy refurbished, and if you want an iPad 2, you can still get it for $400, and the $70 buys you an extra two inches on the screen. And if all that isn’t compelling, for $500 you can get a processor twice as fast in the new iPad 4.
So don’t buy the Mini; its big brother is better, and the price isn’t compelling enough to make up the difference.