10/24/2012 10:59 am ET Updated Oct 24, 2012

iPad Mini vs. iPad: 5 Ways Apple's Smaller iPad Falls Short Of The Bigger One

The iPad mini, announced on Tuesday at an Apple event in San Jose, Calif., is the hot new tablet on the block. You may very well be excited about Apple's pint-sized new tablet -- so excited, you'll rush out and do something foolish, like stand in line to buy a gadget you can pre-order online.

If that's the case, you might want to read this first.

Along with the 7.9-inch tablet, Apple also announced the fourth generation of its 9.7-inch iPad. Before you forsake large tablets forever, know that the new regular-sized iPad boasts some features that make it a better buy for certain people (yes, even when it starts at $499 and the iPad mini starts at $329).

Check out the gallery below to see 5 reasons why a big iPad might suit your needs more than a mini. To see how the smaller iPad stacks up against rival 7-inchers from Amazon, Google and Barnes & Noble, take a look at our handy spec chart. Then be sure to check out which feature might sink the iPad mini.

iPad Mini vs. iPad