Poll: do you plan on getting an iPad mini?

By , Oct 24, 2012

Pundits were flabbergasted when Apple didn’t price the iPad mini at $199 to go for the kill. At $329, the iPad mini is a $130 more than seven-inch tablets from Google and Amazon, both starting at just $199. Furthermore, Amazon’s 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD with a higher-resolution display than the iPad mini is still thirty bucks cheaper than Apple’s gizmo.

On the other hand, Apple is good at these things and it’s outrages to assume the company somehow got the price wrong. Analysts are convinced the $329 iPad mini is an absolute homerun. Certainly the device does appear to protect Apple’s price umbrella by making the iPad more enticing to budget shoppers while forcing rivals to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Taking it all in, would you buy an iPad mini at Apple’s current price points? Before we get to it, I wanna focus a little bit on past polls.

When we asked you where the device should start at, nearly one-third of respondents said $199 and more than a third hoped for $249. Less then seven percent felt Apple could get away with a $329 iPad mini.

In another poll, seven out of each ten respondents said they wouldn’t consider a non-Retina iPad mini.

And in this poll following yesterday’s announcements, nearly a third of our respondents were disappointed with the device’s resolution, which matches the iPad 2’s 1,024-by-768 pixel resolution display. Another third hoped the device would be cheaper.

For good measure, here’s Apple’s sales pitch for the iPad mini.

With that in mind, cast your vote now.


As always, don’t hesitate to explain your vote and share with others your observations down in the comments.

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  • http://twitter.com/FoundTP FoundTP

    ordered the 3rd gen 32gb for 469. thats a steal. Screw the ipad mini that thing is wack, maybe the 2nd gen

  • inso

    well, I bought the new iPad 2 months ago and it’s outdated now.. it pissed me off so I’m gonna sell it and buy iPad mini (hopefully they won’t refresh it during the xmas event)

    • http://twitter.com/S_Lacertosa Stefano

      Enjoy your stale non-retina display. You’ll be just as “pissed ” staring at text that looks bad. Believe me when I say you will notice the difference.

      • JamesR624

        I wish all these apple morons would just stop. You don’t seem to get that the resolution will be SHARPER than the iPad 2 because the pixels are smaller. Do you people not understand what a pixel is?

      • http://twitter.com/S_Lacertosa Stefano

        Hey dodo, it will be JUST as noticeable.

      • SimonReidy

        Spot on. The resolution is the same as the iPad2, but the pixels are compressed into a much smaller space. This gives it better pixel density and sharper text. Not retina quality, but still much better than 1024×768 looks on a 9.7″ screen. It’s not rocket science to understand.

      • http://twitter.com/S_Lacertosa Stefano

        Agreed

      • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

        sharper than iPad 2 but not the 3rd gen. Still not retina….

  • http://twitter.com/dtourond Devon

    I’d rather get the Surface before the iPad or the iPad Mini.. The Surface can do a lot more than both of them combined and the Mini doesn’t offer any innovation. Don’t get me wrong I love Apple and it’s products but the iPad or the iPad Mini are nothing new except for physical appearances. The Surface on the other hand has the capability of both a laptop and a tablet and that gives users more oppertunity to do what they want while retaining both UI’s..

    • http://twitter.com/i3dev Saif Fersi

      Yea but there 2 surfaces the RT wich is just a tablet and the pro wich is both

      • http://www.GoldenGateDomains.com/ Golden Gate Domains

        The “RT” model according to Microsoft’s website runs Win 7 and it is lighter and thinner than their “Pro” version which will run Win 8 (and supposedly will also support Win 7).

      • http://twitter.com/i3dev Saif Fersi

        the RT got an ARM processor wich cant run 32bit softwares just mobile designed ones the pro surface got an intel processor

      • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

        The RT only runs windows 8 and some windows 7 apps. The pro runs everything

      • http://twitter.com/dtourond Devon

        And that’s why I’m getting the Pro. For those who just want the basics the RT would be fine for them but for me I like to utilize everything in the machine so for me the Pro would be the best choice.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Childs/1067107105 Matthew Childs

      you should probably read the reviews of the Surface. they aren’t kind at all. from the reviews the Surface is slow, sluggish, crashy, and an all around bad experience. just look for the reviews from people who have been using it. i was hoping it would surprise me and be great because that would force Apple to step up their game…but sadly it seems that the Surface is DOA.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

        It’s not even out yet.

    • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

      You might want to read the reviews on that, apparently Microsoft is restricting what applications you download out of the Microsoft App store

      You cant download Photoshop for example

      • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

        On an RT device. When pro comes out you can.

  • http://twitter.com/S_Lacertosa Stefano

    As apple discussed in the retina display keynote with iPhone, and I paraphrase; “once you go retina, you’ll never want to go back, it’s simply beautiful.” It is a direct slap in the face to their customers by giving us a mini iPad and trying to make us feel like we’re still getting a beautiful display by saying, oh you’ll still get the resolution of iPad 1. STFU. They have every resource to deliver to their customers a significant, extreme, ‘knock you out the box’ product and failed. Huge fanboy let down.

    • http://twitter.com/unbeliever008 Jae. Just J.

      Yes, totally agree. Amazing how Retina can’t be lived without, except when it’s a new Apple product.

      • http://twitter.com/S_Lacertosa Stefano

        I want a smaller iPad so bad. If it was retina, I would have pounced on this so bad. This is a huge money issue to apple. Typical and predictable; obvious next gen mini is retina.

      • Gus Me

        Yep, I’ve been waiting to see what and how much it was going to be for a month or 2, since the rumors really seemed to be true this time. Very disappointed at what Apple has done here, and another case of them doing it, cause they can….

      • NinjaCEO

        I’ll have to see it in stores. But apparently the pixel density makes up for it and it is slightly better than the ipad 2 display due to the smaller size.

      • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

        iPad 2 and iPad one are the same resolution. If they can make an iPad and an iPod touch retina display then why not an iPad mini which is right in the middle? You know they have the technology and know how to do it. Real disappointment.

      • Guest

        The iPhone and iPod’s sizes were designed to fit that resolution. The iPad mini was designed to have a smaller resolution then the iPad, but has the same resolution. This is the only reason I can see why it doesn’t. The argument then that Apple would make a lot more money once they release the Mini retain, would be invalid because they would actually make more money from creating a third display size and making people buy new apps, which the customer also wouldn’t be happy about.

    • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

      Apple had an important decision to make:

      A: They go retina, add another resolution, add to fragmentation and all 275,000 apps designed for iPad would need to be re designed for mini

      or

      B: Sacrifice Retina in order to have all 275,000 applications be fully compatible with ipad mini and not add any fragmentation.

      As a developer I can say it was easy to convert my app to iphone 5’s dimensions because all I had to do was make it longer, but with iPad mini we would need to add width and length and that could be a problem. If Apple had gone retina all 275,000 ipad apps would be incompatible until they were updated, iPad mini is 163ppi ipad 2 is only 132ppi so its not that bad, especially since the screen is smaller

      • Howard Ellacott

        Hopefully they’ll be able to squeeze the same amount of pixels as the 4th gen into the next gen mini… that would be brilliant :D

      • http://zdenektopic.cz/ Zdeněk Topič

        In case they can expand battery or improve battery life. I dont think they are going to make mini wirh retina till they find way to do one of that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1655952687 Damion Hammock

        Couldn’t they have just used a different viewing mode for apps that have not been updated? I think the fragmentation arguement is a cop out. The real reason is definitely cost. There is no way the price point could have started at $329 if the mini had retina. It really doesn’t make sense for anyone to purchase a mini. This is coming from someone that was really looking forward to purchasing one if it had the right combo of specs and price. The mini has neither. It pains me to say it, but this could be Apples first iflop : (

      • http://zdenektopic.cz/ Zdeněk Topič

        Bullsh*t. Retina would reduce battery life significantly and mini would be expensive as hell. This is very optimal setup with nice specifications I wouldn`t expext more.

      • http://zdenektopic.cz/ Zdeněk Topič

        Why the heck would there be fragmentation with Retina display? Retina is just doubled resolution that means resolution would be same as iPad 3 and 4. If you are developer you should be aware of this fact, fragmentation comes with change of aspect ratio – like iPhone 5.

      • http://twitter.com/S_Lacertosa Stefano

        Thank you for your time to explain to us what now matters. Best comment in this thread. Thanks again.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

        Why would they be incompatible?

    • http://zdenektopic.cz/ Zdeněk Topič

      LOL. Theres no chance they would keep 10 hour battery life with Retina display and that low price they came with. Price would be way higher. I am glad mini is not retina, I wouldn`t want to pay for expensive 8″ tablet with poor battery life.

    • ic0dex

      I will be buying one and NOT for my wife, mom or son but for myself! I’ve always wanted a smaller iPad and its perfect for me to take to school. I mean don’t get me wrong I do like the bigger iPad as well but to me the smaller one is more convenient. Just because it does not have a Retina Display it’s not the end of the world. I’m pretty sure it has more to offer then just a missing Retina Display.

      When the time come for the second generation of the iPad Mini (iPad Mini 2) I will probably sell this on for $250-$300 add the difference and buy me the one with the Retina Display when its available! I mean don’t we do this with our iPhone’s already? I sold my iPhone 4S for $300 which I paid $250 for and got myself a iPhone 5 and had an extra $50 to spend. The iPad Mini will hold its value much better then the Kindle Fire HD or the Nexus 7 guaranteed! Apple products hold value and other just don’t.

    • http://twitter.com/jalexcarter Jordan Carter

      you think the ipad mini has the same resolution as the ipad 1? yeah, okay.

      • http://twitter.com/S_Lacertosa Stefano

        Are you asking me, or insinuating I stated this? I think you need to read this again.

  • http://twitter.com/iMosa3da iMosa3da

    I think I will get the next gen iPad mini, I hope it to get the retina display with better processor.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.kunert Lucas Kunert

      That’s what my thoughts are. Just looking at the comparison of first gen iPad to 2nd gen and just think how much better the iPad Mini could be. I think they need to come down on the price a bit to compete more, too, as mentioned in the story. A better screen/processor than competitors would make it perhaps worth it, but that’s not going to be until at least 2nd gen.

    • SoCoMagNuM

      same. they took a leap backwards to cash in on those who cant wait then will release “the new mini” next year with a retina dispaly and yell “innvoation” and “revolutionary” lol….ill wait on the revolution version

  • http://twitter.com/franklylife Frank Anthony

    I never think of buying anything iPad again. Not now, Maybe in near future as i still love my iPad 2. If Apple like let them remove it from future updates, thats their problem. Am only planning to get Microsoft Surface which i think its new stuff in the market & I wanna try something new. Change of clothe pls!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Palermo/100002164977772 Jude Palermo

      You will be upset about that. For sure. Stick with apple. Microsoft, remember, runs on .exe files. And so do viruses. And how much do you wanna bet that thing will be riddled with “harmware”. Yep. Betcha never thought about that did ya.

      • Benny Green

        And soon enough all Apple products will get viruses. No virus writer/s gave a shit about Apple products because they weren’t mainstream, now they are & lame people who believe ‘Apple don’t get viruses’ will be in for a shock

      • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

        Macs get viruses. That argument is invalid at this point.

  • macboy74

    I will be preordering 4 of them on friday. One for me and the others as christmas gifts for my nephews and niece.

  • http://twitter.com/klouud Timothy Polumbo

    just got my wife an iPad 3 64GB a few weeks ago. We are good for a couple of years. Come to think of it… all of our stuff is either 2011’s model or 2012’s, so we are good on pretty much everything for a couple of years.

    • iUser2012

      Don’t worry neither shrunk iPad 2 nor iPad 3.5 with A6X does not make it better for majority of iPad 3 owners, including me. iPad 3 is quite nice. I like it more than any other iDevice type currently around. the A6X powered iPad 3.5 (not 4 as nothing really makes significant change other than basic hardware upgrade) would not make my use more valuable.

      If you are not giving in Apple’s cash generation aimedso called new generations and models for the sake of “image” it provides than you should be happy. I agree. Why should you buy a shrunk iPad 2 (iPad mini) with better camera while you already have retina iPad 3 :-)

    • http://twitter.com/S_Lacertosa Stefano

      How long is a couple of weeks? Majority of stores will honor 30 day return! Call up your local store and swap for the 4 gen

  • http://twitter.com/SaleemUsama Usama Saleem™

    No retina = no sales and seriously ? No flash for camera? Only A5? Apple just invented the time machine to go back in time.

    • SoCoMagNuM

      exactly smh

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000122595896 Vanditt Sama

    iPad mini needs A6 and retina to sell..
    or else, the starting price should be around 279$.
    as simple as that.
    I was planning to buy one, but before the launch.
    ( a camera flash can be added too if it doesnt look funny, because its usefull )

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    if it was retina i would be all over it..

  • http://twitter.com/Rich_Inniss  Rich 

    I bought an iPad 3 this past July. I don’t need to hold it in one hand, I have an iPhone for that. I have a better resolution on both my iPhone 5 and iPad 3. It’s just not feasible for me to buy one really. I may get one for my girlfriend if she wants one, but that’s about it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danieljvdm Daniel van der Merwe

      The iPad Mini resolution > the iPhone 5.

      • http://twitter.com/Rich_Inniss  Rich 

        My Apologies, I meant the display not be retina. I don’t understand why they couldn’t of made it a retina display. the screen size is only 1.8 inches smaller than the iPad. But they can make a retina display on a 4 inch screen? I

  • Gus Me

    I was all ready to purchase the mini, but the sooner it got to it being previewed, and as I saw the rumors about specs and pricing, I figured I’d be disappointed. When the rumors became true, I was really disappointed and do NOT plan on purchasing the iPad Mini. I would hope that more people would do the same and maybe knock Apple off of their high horse. As a somewhat new “apple fanboy” I love the OS, love that “it just works”, and I defend Apple on their quality, but this goes beyond that. They are bringing us generation old technology and charging premium prices. People really need to NOT buy this. So far I haven’t seen a real good argument as to why anyone would purchase this at the price they have it at. From one fanboy to another, don’t be a fanboy on this on!

  • Yan Kar

    i have ipad 3 that i don’t use, i could go for a smaller device just to be near by ( just in case) but the price is not where it should be .

    • http://twitter.com/TarekMMD Tarek

      Wanna sell you iPad 3?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061686596 Darald Fischer

    I was prepared to sell my third gen iPad to get a mini but I’m a little underwhelmed by the mini. I already have a Nexus 7 that has been my primary tablet device since I got it. The extra screen size is tempting but I’m not sure about the added width of the mini.

  • http://twitter.com/rashadnoor2005 R N

    Yes, Giving one for mom for XMas, 32gb cellular/wifi

  • http://twitter.com/TarekMMD Tarek

    I am comfortable with the form factor of the iPad 2 and the new iPad. But I would definitely buy the iPad mini, if I did not taste the iPad 2. After a few iterations with Apple products, I am a converted Windows user. I am definitely getting the iPhone 5 @ 64GB, I am very serious about getting the Retina iPad @ 64GB with LTE. I am also contemplating one of the MacBook Pros. Also maybe mid next year I will throw out my HP desktop at home and get the new iMac.

    I have heard and witnessed seamless upgrades between products. And now that I see them integrate so well with each other, I believe in Bill Gates’ vision of “The World at your Fingertips” as executed by Apple.

    Still rooting for Microsoft though. If it wasn’t for Bill Gates’ cash infusion in the 90s we would not have seen these products today.

  • http://twitter.com/TarekMMD Tarek

    Second paragraph “it’s outrages to assume” should be “it’s outrageous to assume”

    • http://twitter.com/jalexcarter Jordan Carter

      iDB makes grammar mistakes in nearly every article its not a big deal guy we all know what they mean

  • אסף סופר

    im planning to get the new ipod touch
    why not the ipad mini ? no retina, cant put it in my pocket, 29$ more 16g less and
    the ipod has more apps.

  • http://twitter.com/Zach_Krase Zach Krase 

    if next years mini has retina then yes

  • http://twitter.com/El_Barto_01 El Barto

    I think is good but maybe I’ll wait for iPad mini 2

  • http://twitter.com/GHaukland Geir haukland

    not worth the cash, i am happy with my ipad 2 R2. So ipad mini or ipad 4, NEVER.

  • Guest

    I will be buying one and NOT for my wife, mom or son but for myself! I’ve always wanted a smaller iPad and its perfect for me to take to school. I mean don’t get me wrong I do like the bigger iPad as well but to me the smaller one is more convenient. Just because it does not have a Retina Display it’s not the end of the world. I’m pretty sure it has more to offer then just a missing Retina Display.

    When the time come for the second generation of the iPad Mini (iPad Mini 2) I will probably sell this on for $250-$300 add the difference and buy me the one with the Retina Display when its available! I mean don’t we do this with our iPhone’s already? I sold my iPhone 4S for $300 which I paid $250 for and got myself a iPhone 5 and had an extra $50 to spend. The iPad Mini will hold its value much better then the Kindle Fire HD or the Nexus 7 guaranteed! Apple products hold value and other just don’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/idmeraz Isaac Daniel Meraz

    yeah well i´d deffinitly buy it if it were retina. none the less, i think i´d have to see it in my hands before saying an absolute no. None the less, it´s preety obvious that the next gen iPad mini will be retina so, I think I can wait for that. Let´s just remember that the mini is a low level iPad and if you want the pro, you have to get the 4th gen… One more thing: I just sold my iPad 2 32 gb wifi last sunday. I knew there was a new one comming and I didn´t want to be that behind on my tabled device, anyway, i think I´ll wait till the 4th gen comes out and then get a cheaper 3th gen. I know it won´t be that slow but, as Steve said, once you go retina, you don´t wanna go back

  • Noir_Panther

    Get an ipad 2 off ebay for £180, bigger screen same specs, cheaper price! You do the maths…

  • http://twitter.com/wmyolo William Melendez

    I’m getting the new ipad. My first ipad = )

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1655952687 Damion Hammock

    I am disapointed in Apple. I was really hoping to pick one these up for the kids this Christmas. Couldn’t they have just used a different viewing mode for apps that have not been updated? I think the fragmentation arguement is a cop out. The real reason is definitely cost. There is no way the price point could have started at $329 if the mini had retina. It really doesn’t make sense for anyone to purchase a mini. This is coming from someone that was really looking forward to purchasing one if it had the right combo of specs and price. The mini has neither. It pains me to say it, but this could be Apples first iflop : (

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.wayman.7 Craig Wayman

    Let me tell ya something. In the land of computers and phones Apple is King. I love most of Apple products. However even though they invented the tablet, they are beat. I have an iPad 2 but I was messing with an Asus Transformer and it was bad ass. Expandable memory. You can hook it up to the keyboard for extra battery life and have USB access. The biggest thing is this. With the jailbreaks being a thing of the past due to all of the new products coming out… Apple needs to STOP LIMITING THEIR PRODUCTS!!!! Because iOS is the best operating system. How everything is under on roof in iTunes is sweet too. However, the fact that you have to jailbreak it to get it to act more like some nice droid features is realllllly annoying. I loved jailbreaking too and it sucks how i don’t see it in the near future for iPhone 5, mini iPad, iPad 4, etc.

  • @dongiuj

    Me me me, i am!…. I think.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LethoeshatedadedicatedfatherGreen Keith Green

    I’m waiting on the iPad mini 2 with retina display.

  • http://twitter.com/iAmManny74 Manny A. Canales

    There’s two factors that made the iPad Mini start of at $329. First, the blogosphere. All the hype around the iPad Mini was peaking at an all time high and people were anticipating it for quite a while. It’s evident that Apple reads blogs as this statement by Phil Schiller says it all, “You knew there would be something called “Mini” in this presentation, didn’t you?” (when talking about the Mac Minis). Apple has a pulse on the tech community and probably said, “Everyone is excited about an iPad mini, so lets sell it at a higher price!”

    The other factor has to be the iPod Touch, 5th gen. Starting at $299, did you really expect Apple to sell the iPad Mini for less than an iPod touch? This is how I see it playing out in an Apple Store. Customer comes in, they see it’s only $299 for an iPod touch, then they see the iPad Mini, starting at $329 and think to themselves, “Why not get a bigger device for an extra $30? See, Apple already has it’s entry level iOS product, which is the iPod touch and from there, people can convince themselves to buy an iPad mini or a higher model of an iPad mini.

    -Manny C.

  • http://www.facebook.com/CMak70 Chris McOmber

    Nope, I already have two devices with Retina displays, why would I buy old technology???

  • http://twitter.com/Saul_kdg Saul Rodriguez

    Ipad 3 all the way yeap

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.m.david Bryan David

    i would rather get a discounted 3rd gen ipad for 379. it’s the best deal for an ipad at the moment. The difference between the 4th gen and 3rd gen is minimal

  • dsj123

    Its is outright expensive with no great features other than those available from Nexus 7. Apple ca not continue to extort more price because of its brand name. Besides after Steve Jobs they are messing with their products big time. Lot of complaints about OS Hardware etc. Apple, come to senses….

  • Sammy

    I bought the “new iPad” in april and am more than happy with it. The mini looks great but I just don’t see the point just yet. I’ll give it at least 6 months till I consider the mini. With the “new iPad” being discontinued, does this mean that it will stop receiving the updates of newer software when apple releases them?

  • 2008crna

    I also considered an iPad mini (prior to the official announcement) but with the specs on this AND a price point of $329, absolutely not. I recently passed on picking up an iPhone 5 and instead moved up to a 64 gb 4S so although I like Apple products, I am not one who will shell out my money blindly. A non-retina iPad is definitely a $199 price point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dark.moyan Đark Moyan

    Honestly Speaking I don’t like iPhone but i like iPad and iPod Touch.
    I was hoping for a cheap mini iPad but now I Feel like I was Dreaming :(
    Well, I might get an Ainor 10” Tab or any Cheap Tab with new Android Built.

  • http://twitter.com/decio_crytek Décio Costa Arruda

    A Retina iPad Mini would be very expensive for Apple and they would need a better battery and faster A5X chip so Apple would pretty much lose money.. I have an iPad 2 and my brother has a 3, and iPhone 4s and, I believe that 1024×768 won’t look bad at all since it is a smaller display and the pixel density is larger.

  • http://twitter.com/jalexcarter Jordan Carter

    I will probably get one. I have an iPad 2 so for me its a step up. Sure its the same processor which sucks but the display resolution is better, not retina better but better nonetheless. And it weighs half as much which is nice, I get tired of holding mine up for a while sometimes. Also the front and back cameras are a thousand times better. VGA resolution photos on the iPad 2 are absolutely horrid and really looking to get away from it without paying as much so the extra $170 I’m saving from the iPad 4 is nice too. And I have the Sprint iPhone 5 and am tired of having to switch between 30 pin and lightning cords constantly to charge each device. Also I can get an LTE model and hopefully pop my iPhone 5 sim card (yes Sprint iPhone 5s have sim cards) in my iPad and use its data, just maybe. If they come out with a retina and better processor model next year I can always sell the first gen one so I’m not too worried, apple products hold their value pretty well. Just my 2 cents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Crabtree/1621375489 Michael Crabtree

    need a white or black poll.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000254498753 Mark Seah

    ipad mini is ridiculous pricing but ppl will still buy coz its frm apple