iPad Mini: Impact on health, environment and your pocket

 7 Mar 2013 - By Omar Yesid Mariño+
 omar@myddnetwork.com

If you hop on any flight or grab a cup of coffee at your local Starbuck’s, it’s clear to see that tablets have become ubiquitous. And when Apple announced the release of the iPad Mini last fall, many consumers were excited to get their hands on this smaller and, of course, more affordable version of an already popular product. A recent video posted by InsuranceQuotes.org reviews the hidden costs of the iPad Mini by looking at three categories: health, environment, and economy.

iPad Mini

In terms of health, InsuranceQuotes.org gave the device a B. Tablets aren’t ergonomically designed for proper spine alignment, thus resulting in an increase in neck and back pain from extensive use. However, from 2011 to 2012, the number of U.S. adults using their tablets for health-related activities nearly doubled, reaching 29 million, offsetting some of the negative.

When considering the environmental impact of the device, a clear benefit is that avid readers can help to reduce paper waste by purchasing e-books and subscriptions through their tablet. This is significant since every year an estimated 2 billion books, 359 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers are published, and less than half of these are recycled.

While many consumers were drawn in by the promise of the iPad Mini’s lower price tag and compact design, the device only earned a B in terms of economy. This is largely due to comments from reviewers siting lower resolution and a weaker processors as notable draw backs, especially considering the $329 price point.

Overall, InsuranceQuotes.org gave the iPad Mini a B as part of their Hidden Cost series. For more information, check out the video for yourself.

 







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