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Tech fans give Apple iPad Mini the thumbs down

While the rumoured launch of the 7-inch iPad Mini has been cause for excitement among some die hard tablet fans, for others the new device will spell a seriously miscalculated move for Apple.

You’d think, as the iPad Mini is an Apple product, that the feeling amongst the majority of consumers would be one of barely-contained excitement.

But a survey has revealed that almost half of tech addicts out there do not think that a scaled-down iPad is a good idea for the US tech giant.

Apple iPad Mini a mistake?

A survey by VoucherCodesPro has found that 42% of tech fans feel that the release of the iPad Mini is a mistake, with some stating that the project will be Apple’s biggest failure to date.

Just 6% of survey participants felt that the iPad Mini was a ‘good move by Apple’, with an additional 9% arguing that the new tablet was ‘much-needed’.

However, the marginal backing for the device was followed by 21% who argued that the 7-inch tablet was ‘not at all necessary’.

While the survey revealed that there were few in support of the iPad Mini, tech fans revealed that they weren’t ruling out all 7-inch tablets. More than half said that they are planning to get their hands on the Nexus 7, the upcoming low-cost tablet from Google.

Apple iPad Mini vs Nexus 7

Even Apple’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, was dubious about the potential success of smaller tablets. In 2010 he said: “The 10in screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps.”

Although the iPad Mini is expected to have similar price point to the new Nexus 7 tablet, at around £160, it can set itself apart from its competitors by offering access to the wealth of apps available on the iTunes App Store.

Analysts have also predicted that sales of the iPad Mini, rumoured to be released in September, could reach £6 million by the end of December 2012. However, this assumes a hefty higher price point of £299, further confusing tablet fans.

But whether the iPad Mini’s proposed specs, including a retina display, will be enough to discourage users from the Nexus 7 remains to be seen.

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