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For the tech savvy food truck owner that may not have invested in an electronic tablet for their food truck business yet, we wanted to review the newest solution available to you.

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While the 10-inch iPad dominates tablet sales within the mobile food industry (most who own it use it for their PoS system such as Square), the iPad Mini is the new kid on the mid-sized tablet block. While you have a whole crop of 7-inch tablets on store shelves that start at $199, including Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD.

The iPad Mini is different from these devices in a few key ways: It has a slighter larger and wider 7.8-inch screen, better hardware specs in most categories, access to the simple and refined iOS operating system and Apple’s vast selection of quality apps and content.

That being said, it also has a much higher price tag. The iPad Mini starts at $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version. The top of the line iPad Mini is 64GB, can connect over Wi-Fi and cellular connections, and costs $659.

The choice between Apple products largely depends on what you’re going to use the device for. If it is a laptop replacement, sticking with the faster, larger, higher-resolution 10-inch iPad with Retina is still your best bet. The exception might be situations where the smaller size is a must-have feature, such as working in the field.

The price difference between the iPad 2 and the iPad Mini is negligible – the iPad 2 is only $70 more – so that decision comes down to size preference and specs like camera resolution. The iPad Mini has better cameras – the same ones found on the newest 10-inch iPad.

Pros: The iPad Mini’s ultra thin and light design is far more intimate and book like than the larger iPad, and its cameras, storage capacities, optional LTE antenna, and general functionality offer a full iPad experience. The screen’s dimensions elegantly display larger-format magazines and apps.

Cons: The iPad Mini costs a lot, especially considering the lower resolution of its 7.9-inch non-Retina Display. The A5 processor isn’t as robust as the one in the fourth-gen iPad and iPhone 5. Typing on the smaller screen is not quite as comfy.

The Final Word: The iPad Mini is the best iPad Apple has created to date. Not because of its feature set, power, hardware or design but, because at this size, a greater number of food truck owners will be able to see an actual purpose for it; reading books, mobile point of sales, browsing the web on the move, all without feeling like they’re using a laptop or their smartphone.

 

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Don’t continue to be one of those friends or family members that hands out bland holiday gifts like the age-old ugly, itchy sweater, the personalized coffee mug or perhaps the new favorite among gift givers, The Snuggie. This year make a statement with your gifts while still allowing yourself a little cash left in your wallet at the end of the holiday season. Gifting a food truck iPhone or iPad tracking app through the iTunes store is a fantastic way to send a gift that offers a wide array of benefits.

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  • There are no shipping costs and no need for you to stand in line at the post office. Gifting a food truck tracking app is as easy as the touch of a button or two.
  • Apps are inexpensive. With most food truck apps being free or starting at $0.99, apps allow you to choose a gift that fits the budget for every Apple lover on your list. Whether you want to send a small token of appreciation to friends or prove to your kids that you’re tech savvy, if you know someone who could use a food truck tracking application, take a few minutes and get them something they will use.
  • Apps don’t collect dust. Or take up space in the closet. The people in your life who have an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone are already making use of a vast array of apps. Adding to that collection doesn’t take up any extra space on their knick knack shelf and there’s no risk of your gift ending up in next year’s yard sale.

Gifting an app allows you to pay for the app using your iTunes account, while sending the recipient a promo code for the app; your friend or family member can then download the app free of charge. Once you decide to take the plunge, there are two different ways that you can go about becoming an App Santa.

The process can be carried out either in iTunes or through the App Store app on an iOS device. Just be sure to find an application that covers the recipients area, nothing would be more embarrassing than to send them an app that covers only the Miami area, and they are located in Portland, OR.

Always Read the Fine Print

As with all most good things, there are a few important restrictions to be aware of when purchasing iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch apps as gifts.

The gift recipient must be in the same geographic iTunes area as the gift giver. For all intensive purposes, this means that you need to be in the same country as the person whom you are buying for.

iTunes credits cannot be used to purchase gift apps. Thus, if you have a balance on your iTunes account from a previously applied gift card or what not, be aware that this balance will not be used for any gift purchases, and the charges will be applied to your standard pre-set iTunes payment source.

Check to make sure that your gift recipient’s device is capable of operating the app that you choose.  Ping pong tables for sale has a nice iTunes app by the way. If for some reason you get an app poorly matched for the recipient’s machinery, they will be able to return it by reporting an issue, however it’s simply easier to try and gift compatible apps.

Get to Work

Whether you’re a tech junkie or a just someone who doesn’t want to battle lines at the mall, food truck tracking apps for the iPhone and iPad make a great gift that the recipient is sure not to expect. Expand your shopping horizons this season and let iTunes help you give the gift of apps!

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