In this week’s installment, we take a look at the hidden costs of one of the most popular gadgets on the market today – the iPad Mini. It’s always tough to break down the total cost of products that we love, and the iPad Mini definitely qualifies as a product we love. Since its launch in October, the iPad Mini has broken Apple’s sales records and sparked a drop in the unit sales of its full-sized sister tablet: the original iPad.
The fact that the iPad Mini reigns supreme with consumers points to the obvious: for most shoppers considering getting their first tablet, the only cost worth considering is its price tag. At $329, the iPad Mini costs a full $150 less than a second generation iPad. Electronics like the iPad Mini are perfect examples of valuables that you can cover under your home or renter’s insurance policy in the event of theft or natural disaster. In some cases, you’ll need to purchase a “floater” or “rider” to list such items in your coverage.
While it’s a comparatively affordable electronic, ensuring that your iPad Mini is included in your insurance coverage can save you from having to purchase another and risk losing data included on the device. There are also companies that specifically offer electronic or Apple insurance, which can protect your equipment if you drop it and the screen shatters or spill liquid on it, for example.
But what are the additional costs associated with this tablet? The cost of an iPad Mini extends beyond monetary value. Will spending hours hunched over a 7.9-inch screen make us healthier? Will it minimize our environmental footprint? You’ll have to check out the video to find out how we’ve graded the Mini’s consumer impact. But we’ll give you a hint: the results aren’t too horrifying. And that’s good news as tablets become more affordable and more common: the enduring success of the iPad Mini indicates that the tablet market will not only survive alongside the laptop and PC markets, it might also one day overtake them.
- Video Transcript
- Health: B
- Healthcare experts claim that tablets aren’t ergonomically suited for proper spine alignment, backed by a 2007 study finding the leading national cause of missed work days is chronic neck and back pain, or 1.2 billion disability days. A new survey conducted by Manhattan Research confirms the number of U.S. adults using tablet computers for health-related activities grew from 15 million in 2011 to 29 million in 2012.
- Environment: B-
- Did you know it takes 75,000 trees to produce the Sunday edition of the New York Times? And according to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 2 billion books, 359 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers are published every year and less than 50% of these products are recycled. If you’re an avid reader, you can reduce paper waste by purchasing e-subscriptions on your tablet.
- Economy: B
- Although the iPad Mini’s ultrathin and sleek design is far more intimate and convenient than its larger iPad counterpart, some reviewers argue its lower resolution and weaker A5 processor make the hefty $329 price tag less than ideal.
- Final Grade: B