According to media reports, Apple’s new iOS devices sales is more impressive in shopping season, which involves at least four new products: the iPhone5, the fifth-generation iPod Touch, fourth-generation iPod Touch and iPad Mini.
In the past, there is a huge gap between the 3.5-inch Touch and the 9.7-inch iPad. Now the screen size involves four inches, 7.9 inches and 9.7 inches.
It’s price is from $329, with a memory of 16GB (Wi-Fi version), the 4G LTE version is $130 higher than the regular edition.
Advantages: the right size; as portable as Kindle; fully compatible with all iPad and iPhone applications; good battery life; fairly low price.
Disadvantages: This is the only new iOS device without Retina Display, whose speed is not as faster as the updated and larger iPad.
Who should buy the iPad Mini? Obviously those who want to save money, because the cost of the equipment is less than the fourth-generation iPad. If you do not mind to have Retina Display, or are considering a second-generation iPad, or if you have children, or if you often take a commuter car, then the device is a good choice for you.
The fourth-generation iPad
Sales price is from $499, 16GB memory (Wi-Fi version), LTE version is also $130 higher than the regular version.
Advantages: fast speed; beautiful Retina Display and impressive game graphics.
Disadvantages: heavier; larger (relatively speaking), nearly the same with the previous generation iPad.
If you’ve never owned iPad, then the fourth-generation iPad is a good choice. This is an excellent portable device, a Tablet PC which is an easy to read and watch, also can become a “game machine”, in short, it is a multi-functional device. However, if you have a third-generation iPad, then there is no need to buy the fourth-generation iPad.
Recommended storage: Given the size of many high-definition video and gaming, 32GB or more memory.
Fifth-generation iPod Touch
Starting at $299, 32GB memory (Wi-Fi Edition), no LTE version.
Advantages: 4-inch Retina Display; camera with LED flash; good battery life, similar to the iPhone’s functions; 32GB memory; slim and small.
Disadvantages: speed not as fast as iPhone 5, no LTE version.
Who should buy the fourth-generation iPad? The iPhone users do not need to buy. It’s for those who are music lovers, like ultra-portable devices, large screens, large storage space, and want to buy the cheapest iOS devices. The device can be used as electronic readers and web browsers, but not as versatility as the iPad.
Recommended storage: If you want to play games or watching video, 32GB can. If used as a video camera, you need to 64GB.
To sum up: If you’re a Windows user, curious about the iOS, if you have a MacBook Air and iPhone, or if you want to use the best e-reader on the go, and then you can select the iPad Mini. If you already have an iPad, then also buy the iPad Mini. If you value speed and performance, or if you have a desktop and want a laptop, or you want to buy the first iPad and want to buy the best, you can select the fourth-generation iPad. If you want to save money, then select iPad Mini or consider the iPod Touch. If you are a melomania, but don’t have the iPhone, consider to buy the iPod Touch. If you only use for music, video and photo, considere the fourth-generation iPod Touch. If you want the best camera, or you have a smart phone then buy the iPod Touch. If you want the Retina Display, but do not want to pay a lot of money, then you can consider the used third-generation iPad.