Since the arrival of the first images of the Xiaomi Mi Pad, the product has always been attached to Apple's iPad Mini because of a similar design and some common features. In this comparison we will see through some photographs similarities and differences between the two tablets.
Comparison Photo: Xiaomi Mi Pad vs. iPad Mini - Foreword
Before starting the comparison I would like to make a premise. The comparison concerns only design and features constructive of the two devices, in order to show what kind of Xiaomi inspiration was taken by Apple. This is not a comparison between the functionality of the two devices, as you know a different operating system.
The Apple iPad Mini is available in two different versions, the "original" version and the one with retina display. The first model has 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm dimensions, with a weight of 308 grams (312 grams for the 3G version), while the retina display model has 200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm dimensions, with a weight of 331 grams. The considerations are therefore the same for both models of Apple tablet, which differ only in thickness, just 0.3mm.
Comparison Photo: Xiaomi Mi Pad vs. iPad Mini
Let's start by comparing the size and weight of both devices. In both cases the display is a 7.9 inch panel. The Xiaomi Mi Pad measures 202 135.4 x x 8.5mm and weighs 360 grams. The iPad Mini measures 200 134.7 x x 7.5mm weights 331 grams. The dimensional differences are therefore reduced to a few millimeters, while as far as the weight is concerned, the Xiaomi Mi Pad is heavier than 29 grams (52 than the non-retina iPad Mini).
If the dimensional differences seem minimal on paper, they become almost imperceptible in reality. Put close, especially to one eye poco trained, they may look like the same object. If the iPad Mini in this comparison photo had been the black model, in certain photos you would have had to concentrate to distinguish them, especially when the three navigation keys are not illuminated.
As we have already said, the display size is identical, 7.9 inches in both cases, but the frames surrounding the two displays are very similar, with the Xiaomi Mi Pad just longer (a couple of millimeters).
In both cases the lower part of the two devices has well rounded corners, with the connector for charging / connection to the PC placed in the center for both. Both the entrances for the relative cables are surrounded by metal frames, however, they can be found in products of many companies. On the lower side of the iPad Mini are also the system speakers, placed instead on the back for the iPad Mini.
The top of the two tablets is very similar. Even in this case we find rounded corners for both, but also the same position as the 3.5mm headphone jack. The iPad Mini has on this side the power / lock button, instead on the right side for the Xiaomi Mi Pad.
The right hand side has three keys on both devices. However, the Xiaomi Mi Pad finds its ignition key on its right side instead of the top of the iPad. The keys are very different, just protruding in the Xiaomi Mi Pad and well protruding into the iPad.
On the left side of the iPad Mini there is no input or button, while for the Xiaomi Mi Pad we find the hole to extract the tray that holds the Micro SD card, which allows memory expansion.
Looking at the two tablets on their front, we notice several similarities. The front camera is in the same position, the bezels are similar, as are the corners. The iPad Mini is surrounded by a frame that highlights more the detachment with the back. A difference between the two tablets on the front is the presence of the "Mi" logo in the Xiaomi Mi Pad.
The lower part of the front of the two tablets, commonly defined, is quite different, but simply because it is two devices belonging to different software platforms. The Xiaomi Mi pad houses the three classic Android navigation keys in one's chin, one to return to the home screen, one to go back and one for multitasking, all three well-backlit in white. The iPad Mini instead has a single button in its chin, as well as Apple's tradition.
The back of the two devices once again has many similarities. The rear camera is placed at the same point, the respective "Mi" and "iPad" logos are placed almost at the same point, as well as the underlying signs. Obviously the logo and type of writing are in that position on many smartphones and tablets, but they are a common element. The two differences on the back of the devices are the presence of classic clamshell apple on the iPad and the positioning of the system speakers. The back of the two tablets is therefore very similar, almost identical from the dimensional point of view.
The speakers are, as we have already seen, placed in a different position. The iPad Mini houses its speakers on the underside, covered by two fairly wide grids, while the Xiaomi Mi Pad speakers are placed on the back of the device, covered with shorter grilles but with three rows of holes.
From the picture above you can see the positioning of the front camera in detail, very standard, but still identical between the two.
With almost identical dimensions, same size of the display, and the same aspect ratio, hold the two tabs in hand, and use them vertically or horizontally gives you an extremely similar experience.
Even in the hand, at the level of ergonomics and use with both hands, the experience of use is practically the same. Those who are used to using the iPad Mini will find the same sensations in the ergonomics and portability of the Xiaomi Mi Pad.
By inserting the two tablets into a generic 7.9-8 in-case enclosure, the two tablets obviously occupy the same space.
Trying to insert the Xiaomi Mi Pad into a back cover for the iPad Mini, you will notice that the cover does not fit the device, proving that the two devices are dimensionally very similar but not identical.
In conclusion we can say that the design and structure of the Xiaomi Mi Pad are inspired by Apple's iPad Mini, and that the similarities between the two devices are multiple and obvious. But we must consider that the design of the iPad Mini is certainly not a revolution, because, in other words, it is a rectangle with rounded corners and, as far as Apple has already tried, the elementary geometric shapes are not patentable ( almost..).
What Xiaomi has drawn more from Apple is the Form Factory of the iPad Mini, which finds in its dimensions an excellent compromise between very large and difficult to carry tablets, and small tablets, which are now close to those of most new smartphones.
Inspiration? Yes. Copy? No. I personally believe that Xiaomi has chosen her own source of inspiration, since the Mi Pad is a really handy and practical device to use.
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