With a starting price of approximately $300 for the 2 version and $400 for the 3 version, an Apple iPad Mini has a lower price point than other tablets, including the iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy Tab S, and Nexus 9, but a higher price than the economical Kindle Fire, as of November 2014. Although the initial price makes for an immediate comparison of the different types of tablets, it is important to compare all of the features and capabilities of each unit to determine which has the greatest value for individual needs.
When choosing a tablet, it is important to look beyond just the price to find the tablet with the best value in relation to its function. First released in October of 2013, the iPad Mini has many of the features of other tablets, but comes up short in some areas that may be important to certain consumers.
The Mini has less RAM at 1 GB than other tablets that several of its competitors, including the iPad Air 2 that features 2 GB, and the Tab S that features 3 GB of RAM.
In terms of memory storage, the Mini offers a 16 GB and 32 GB, comparable to other tablets, though some also offer a 64 GB or 128 GB option. For the casual user, the iPad Mini's storage and price make it an attractive option.