"Besides iOS why buy this?"3.0 starson by me2nyc
Pros: iOS based, still best tablet OS
Finally a smaller iPad
Cons: $330 why!?
Inferior screen resolution
Stop with the gimmicks I wanted 7" not 8"
iPad 2 guts yuck!
Summary: For what it's worth the iPad Mini is a very good tablet and I thank Apple for falling to peer pressure and making a smaller iPad finally. Yet the Mini to me is overpriced at $330 compared to the Nexus 7 or even Nexus 10, Kindle line, and even the Nook line. Obviously the listed tablets are very different since they all run on different forms of OS. The Fire and Nook have their weird and IMO frustrating adaptation of Android 4.0, while the Nexus has pure vanilla 4.2 running. If your a Apple lover and have been sucked into their ecosystem then the Mini is a no brainer and $330 is awesome since it's $170 less than a iPad, but for people like myself I find $330 to be crazy since I like and own other Android devices and I am not bound to their ecosystem of music, video, apps, and etc.
The device itself hands down feels premium. I own a Nexus 7 and it feels really great but still it's light cheap plastic while the iPad is a solid metal wonder. The Mini is probably the first tablet I would want to take pictures with not because the camera is amazing but because it's good and it's not on a heavy huge 10" tablet. I am less impressed with the internals though and the resolution. Apple has been pressing Resolution resolution or in their words Retina, so it's odd to see this tablet with such a mediocre resolution.
In the end the tablet will sell, but if your not bound to Apple I would look at a Fire or defiantly a Nexus device. $330 is an off number a steep number to pay for a toy that will be used now and then