Apple Inc’s entry in the accelerating mobile tablet race squeezes about 35 percent more viewing space onto a lighter package than rival devices from Google or Amazon.com Inc, but it sports inferior resolution and a lofty price tag, two influential reviewers wrote on Tuesday.
The iPad mini, which starts at $329 versus the $199 for Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, is easy to hold with one hand, eliminating a drawback of the 10-inch iPad, Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg wrote in one of the first major reviews of a gadget introduced last week.
Apple chose to go with a lower-quality display because the existing 250,000-plus iPad applications could only run unmodified in two resolutions – and the higher level would have sapped too much power.
“The lack of true HD gives the Nexus and Fire HD an advantage for video fans. In my tests, video looked just fine, but not as good as on the regular iPad,”