iPad Mini Wi-Fi version lacks GPS found in similar tablets
Without the GPS built into tablets like the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab 2, Apple's new mini tablet can't offer turn-by-turn directions.
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The iPad Mini Wi-Fi starts at $329. The entry-level Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab 2.0 both sell at $199, though they offer only 8GB of storage compared with the iPad Mini's 16GB.
Apple's larger Wi-Fi-only iPads don't have GPS either. However, a 7-inch or 7.9-inch device is designed to be more portable than a 9.7-inch device, something you could easily take on the road.
Perhaps the exclusion of GPS is meant to help battery life, which Apple rates at up to 10 hours on all of its iPads. But I typically get around eight to nine hours of life on the Nexus 7 before it needs a recharge.
For those of us with smartphones or dedicated GPS devices, an iPad Mini without GPS is probably not a deal breaker. But adding the feature to a tablet that's pricier than its rivals would have been a nice bonus.