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iPad Mini Released; Is it a Better Option for Businesses than an iPad?

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November 5, 2012

The iPad Mini was just announced recently, and you’ll be able to own it in just a few days. We’ve heard rumors that the Mini was about to hit the tech world months ago, and we knew it was just a matter of time before it finally was announced.

With the iPad Mini, you get a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 and 162 pixels per square inch (PPI). It has a dual-core A5 chip and 512 mb of RAM. These are the same specs as the iPad 2, just in a smaller package. All of that can be had for as low as $330.

But with the new iPad priced at just $170 more, is it a good idea to grab an iPad Mini?

Well, let’s look at this from a business perspective:

The iPad Mini is More Portable than the iPad

With a slender body, smaller screen, and in an overall lighter package, the iPad Mini is clearly more portable. And if you have a tablet that functions as well as an iPad 2 for $330, it seems like it could be a great thing for business men on the move or when you need to present something at a meeting.

The iPad Mini is also easier to hold with one hand, allowing you to use your other hand to use a stylus or pointing instrument, for instance.

You Can Use the Same Software on an iPad Mini that You Use on an iPad

Since the aspect ratios are both the same when looking at the iPad Mini and iPad, you can use the exact same programs and apps. This could make your life way easier, because if you need to present something or travel, you don’t need to fumble with external monitors or screens to make them look right.

This benefit could also make you look less silly if you happen to have problems on the fly with a potential client. If you had to show profitable customer segments, for instance, you could just plug your iPad Mini into an external monitor.

The iPad Mini is Ultimately Cheaper than the iPad

Since it’s cheaper, you can buy more of them for your employees if you do that sort of work. If you to buy iPads, it would be exponentially more expensive. Since the performance is pretty similar (and you’re not too worried about screen quality with this sort of business move), you could get away with it.

As you can see, an iPad Mini could absolutely be a better option than an iPad for business. It’s cheaper, smaller, and easier to travel with. Overall, Apple did a good job here!

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