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Now that Apple has a new $329 iPad mini, more people can afford the iPad experience. But what if you already have an iPad? Would you consider a smaller, second one or might the new 7.9-inch iPad become your primary tablet? Let us know!

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It’s official: Apple introduced the iPad mini on Tuesday, with a starting price of $329 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model. That’s a $170 savings over a full-sized iPad with the same storage and connectivity options, so Apple is sure to attract some buyers that can’t quite afford the $499 iPad. Why not, when the iPad mini can run all of the same iPad apps, just on a 7.9-inch smaller screen with 1024 x 768 resolution?

But what about those who already purchased one — or more — of the 100 million iPads that Apple has already sold? I’m part of that crowd even though I actually prefer a smaller slate; that’s why I have a Google Nexus 7, for example. Now I’m on the fence and I’m wondering if others are too.

Both the iPad and iPad mini run the same apps, have FaceTime cameras and support iCloud, of course. So is there a need to have both – say the larger one for use at home and the smaller one to take out and about?

For me, it all comes to the use cases and scenarios where I use my slates. My iPad rarely leaves home as I typically take a smaller tablet or a larger phone with me when walking out the door. Maybe I’m not a good example though, so here’s a poll on the iPad mini. Are you buying one, and if so, do you also have an iPad that you’ll keep or sell?

  1. Nicholas Paredes Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    I will be buying one simply to look at new educational publishing scenarios. I do get to see if I have a preference for the device profile, but my bet is that the larger iPad will win.

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  2. robertovalerio Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    To buy an iPad mini in the US = USD 329,-
    To buy an iPad Mini in the EU = USD 427,-

    Ridiculous…

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    1. Prices with or without sales tax or VAT?

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    2. Check out the rock bottom price of the Google Nexus 7 and RIM’s Playbook.

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    3. Hi roberto,

      Would it be better to buy it from the states and ship it over to Europe then to save money??

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  3. Already got a Nexus 7 which I love

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  4. Two iPads and a Nexus 7 is enough for me. I have tablet bloat. I will never ever buy another MacBookPro. I have had nothing but trouble with mine bought just a year ago. Back to Sony Vaio for me.

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    1. Ok, so happy with google go troll some other article then…

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  5. My 15-inch MBP is my home computer, I now travel with just iPad and iPhone.
    If iPad mini fits into a cargo pocket I will get one.

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  6. too expensive

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  7. Unfortunately, my budget does not match up with my several use-case scenarios. Therefore I am undecided but am thinking about, in no particular order, the iPad Mini, a refurbed iPad, a Chromebook, or a Nexus 7. Dark horses for my $$ include Windows RT or a MacBook Air (probably refurbed). In the meanwhile, my iPod Touch (last generation) and StraightTalk phone will have to suffice. I think I will wait at least until Kevin gets his hands on an iPad mini before I decide.

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  8. I’m still using a first-generation iPad so an iPad Mini could be a good upgrade since I’m on a tight budget. Then I would be able to get to iOS 6, something I can’t do with my current iPad.

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  9. iPad Mini. 2007 iPhone screen resolution with a 2 year old iPad 2 internals for $ 130 premium over a similar Nexus 7. The hubris of Apple has never been greater. Yammering for months about inferior devices screen resolution and how necessary Retina display is and then this…………lame excuse for a premium tablet. If Steve Jobs doesn’t come back and haunt Apple management….that’s proof enough for me that ghosts don’t exist.

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    1. “2007 iPhone screen resolution”

      Dude! 1024 x 768 screen for the iPhone in 2007? You’ve been holding out on the rest of us!

      PS: You’re thinking of density.

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      1. Sorry….obviously.

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  10. If I have an iPad then I won’t prefer mini, rather I go with Samsung Note2, where I can use the mini device as a phone and tab :)

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