It is human nature to procrastinate with many decisions and this happens a lot more when you are very price conscious, although if you want an Apple iPad mini before Christmas it might be a choice you need to make within 2 days. Apple has offered a guarantee that all iPad mini orders placed by Dec 5 will have a delivery date before Christmas. This is a statement they’re making online, but you can also try your luck with stock at a local Apple Store or one of their 3rd party retailers.
Apple also state that everything will ship free leading up to Christmas, so when you shop at the Apple Store before Dec 21 you can expect to have your product sent for free. Be aware that you’d need to order an iPad mini before midnight on Dec 5 for a “guaranteed delivery before Christmas“, although you should confirm this at the checkout to make sure everything is in order.
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Last Christmas Apple didn’t offer an iPad at such low prices, and thanks to the introduction of the iPad mini it seems that a lot more children/adults can expect this gift. This will allow friends and family to find the money for an iPad mini easier, which starts from $329 rather than the $499 for a bigger Retina iPad 4. We’ve already seen a number of our work colleagues and friends purchase iPad minis for gifts, although it is worth pointing out that the Nexus 7 is a lot cheaper if you can find stock. This choice might also come down to the software, which families using iOS 6 might want to stick with the iPad option for affordability when it comes to apps and other software that’s tied to iOS.
Apple’s iPad mini is lighter and not that much smaller – Having owned every generation of iPad we’d like to point out that the iPad mini is a lot easier for children to hold, and even some adults prefer how light the tablet is to hold when compared to the 10-inch model. The screen size difference is not a lot with the iPad mini at 7.9-inches, and the overall device is made smaller thanks to the bezel being reduced on the sides. You can see a size comparison of the iPad mini to the iPad 3 and iPhone 5 here, or have a look at how the smaller Apple tablet compares to the Nexus 7 in this article.