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More than just a shrunken-down iPad

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The iPad mini isn't just an Apple tablet made to a budget. This isn't just a shrunken-down iPad. This is, in many ways, Apple's best tablet yet.

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8.6
28 reviews
  • Features
    8.5
  • Display
    7.3
  • Battery life
    8.9
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Storage capacity
    7.8
  • Design and form factor
    9.1
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.7
  • Durability
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8.8
125 reviews
9.0
Engadget Oct 30, 2012

This isn't just an Apple tablet made to a budget. This isn't just a shrunken-down iPad. This is, in many ways, Apple's best tablet yet, an incredibly thin, remarkably light, obviously well-constructed device that offers phenomenal battery life.

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9.0
TechCrunch Oct 30, 2012

So, all of this (beyond the screen caveat) sounds great. Home run, right? In my mind, yes. I can easily see the iPad mini becoming what the iPod mini was to the iPod — that is, the version that takes a popular, iconic device and vastly expands its user base.

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9.0
New York Times Oct 30, 2012

Over all, the Mini gives you all the iPad goodness in a more manageable size, and it’s awesome. You could argue that the iPad Mini is what the iPad always wanted to be.

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8.0
CNET Oct 30, 2012

If you want a tiny tablet to do everything but make calls, the iPad Mini is worth the $130 premium. For an e-reader plus apps, choose a cheaper, higher-resolution 7-inch tablet.

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8.0
Ars Technica Nov 6, 2012

The iPad mini is functionally an iPad in practically every way, so if you like iOS but have been averse to Green Giant-sized (see, I'm thinking that way already) tablets, the mini may be a good fit.

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8.0
Macworld Nov 5, 2012

Retina-display purists will (justifiably) balk at the 1024-by-768-pixel screen, but I suspect that most people will be wowed enough by the iPad mini’s other features, performance, design, and build quality to accept the screen for what it is—very good, but not Retina.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Nov 6, 2012

Despite having a lower resolution than other 7-inch tablets, the iPad mini justifies its premium price with a superior design, a back camera you would want to use and especially its higher-quality apps.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 7, 2012

The iPad mini lets you run the best library of apps in the biz on a tablet you'll actually want to carry, but it's not the best small-screen tablet you can buy.

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8.0
AnandTech Nov 20, 2012

In my first week with the iPad mini, it quickly became the iPad I actually wanted to carry around. The mini's form factor is really where all of the innovation is. It's thin, light and an almost perfect balance of functional screen size and portability. I really love this form factor.

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7.0
Gizmodo Nov 9, 2012

The iPad mini costs $130 more than the competition, but there's no way that it's $130 better. That doesn't mean you should go off and buy a Kindle Fire HD or a Nexus 7. But by next year, it's almost guaranteed that the iPad mini's performance—and display—will live up to its looks.

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10
The Guardian Oct 30, 2012

The only way Apple could improve on this product would be (as some people are already agitating) to give it a retina screen and somehow make it lighter. That might happen at some point. You can wait if you like; other people, in the meantime, will be buying this one.

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9.0
Time Oct 30, 2012

If your budget’s got more wiggle room, the iPad Mini is the best compact-sized tablet on the market. Apple didn’t build yet another bargain-basement special; it squeezed all of the big iPad’s industrial-design panache ... and most of its technology, into a smaller ... lower-priced model.

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9.0
SlashGear Oct 30, 2012

In the end, it’s about an overall package, an experience which Apple is offering. Not the fastest tablet, nor the cheapest ... but the one with the lion’s share of tablet applications, the integration with the iOS/iTunes ecosystem, the familiarity of usability and, yes, the brand cachet.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 6, 2012

It's a lovely size, it's a lovely experience, and one that we can easily see cannibalising iPad 4 and iPad 2 sales in the future. That's not to say there isn't a place for the iPad in your tablet world, but just that this is good enough to become the "lead" iPad, at least in our minds.

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9.0
PC World Australia Nov 8, 2012

If Apple's iPad mini was equipped with a retina display, we wouldn't hesitate deeming it the best iPad ever. The iPad mini is an exceptionally constructed tablet with excellent battery life and an unsurpassed app ecosystem that the competition simply can't match. However, it's expensive.

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9.0
Bloomberg Oct 30, 2012

I can tell you the iPad mini is the best small tablet you can buy. The question you’ll have to answer for yourself is whether it’s that much better.

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9.0
Daring Fireball Oct 30, 2012

If the Mini had a retina display, I’d switch from the iPad 3 in a heartbeat. As it stands, I’m going to switch anyway. Going non-retina is a particularly bitter pill for me, but I like the iPad Mini’s size and weight so much that I’m going to swallow it.

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9.0
phoneArena Nov 5, 2012

Sure, there are going to be people questioning its value for the buck, but when we think about its healthy selection of tablet-optimized apps combined with the rich functionality of its third party ones, some might be able to see pass the missed opportunities and view the value in it.

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9.0
AppleInsider Nov 6, 2012

This year, the iPad mini does everything the full sized iPad does, differentiated only by its screen resolution and size and its pure computational power (something few users would probably notice). It's not hard to predict that this will sell really well.

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9.0
TechRadar Nov 5, 2012

The iPad mini is the best iPad Apple has ever created. It offers better value for money, sits more pleasantly in the hand and can handle all the tasks you want at least adequately and many times better than you'd expect.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Dec 20, 2012

More than a simple piece of eye candy, however, the iPad mini is a joy to use and one which, thanks to its slightly larger 7.9-inch display is immersive and perfectly sized for a combination of business and pleasure purposes.

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8.0
The Telegraph Oct 30, 2012

Whether it's worth it depends on how much of a premium you put on great design and a vast ecosystem of apps. Apple will sell a lot of these little beauties, that's for sure.

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7.0
IGN Nov 12, 2012

The iPad Mini is sure to fill a niche for many. Its smaller form factor makes it ideal for traveling and daily commutes, and its construction feels almost inarguably better than any of its competitors.

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9.0
BGR Nov 6, 2012

This is the real iPad — the one meant to be taken everywhere with you, the one that’s simplest to read and use, the one that’s impossibly thin and light, and the one to buy.

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6.0
gsubu1 gsubu1

I returned my iPad Mini in less than 24 hours! I pre-ordered my iPad Mini and it came on November 2nd as expected and returned it back to apple on November 3rd, 2012. As usual when ever I unboxed an apple product my expectation is set very high and Apple has always delivered in past. Our...

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10
gomer43 gomer43

I wasn't sure if this was going to be "my" iPad - the one I keep. I bought one to test it out vs. my iPad (3rd Gen) and decided to live with for a week, comparing it to my usual iPad. The display - it's good, but it's not retina. After living with retina for awhile now, it's hard to go back....

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9.0
cjtylr cjtylr

The feeling of picking the iPad mini up for the first time immediately brought back memories of picking up the iPhone 5: this is impossibly light. Having used the 9.7-inch iPad quite a bit, the iPad mini feels like a portability revelation. You know the commercials Apple does for each of their...

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7.0
jedan jedan

I own the nexus 7 and the ipad mini and I go for the Nexus 7, overall is a better product. The weakest point for the mini at least for me is the display,processor speed and the freaking price! The good part is that my ipad mini was a gift :)

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10
xempire xempire

The iPad mini is everything you expect it to be, Features, ease of use and form factory. The build quality is fantastic and far superior than any other tablet in it's size class. I know people talk about the display not being retina - and you can definitally tell (living in a retina world -...

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9.0
falleninsea falleninsea

this device is incredibly thin and light but it still feels solid in your hands. the 1st time you pick it up it will surprise just how light and solid it feels. The build feel and quality on this device is down right amazing. The display is an “HD” display coming in at 1024-by-768 resolution at...

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9.0
oflife oflife

Other reviewers have summed up iPad mini already so I won't go into too much detail on it's pluses. Thanks to it's combination of light weight and thinness, iPad mini is what the tablet should always have been. Ignore those who comment on the display: Whilst i have yet to try it outside in the...

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10
MacsFuture MacsFuture

The iPad Mini is a completely new category of iOS device. It is incredibly light and thin. This makes it it much more mobile and easier to use than the 10 inch iPad, which is much heavier and thicker. While the screen is not retina, if really doesn't make a difference for me as it is the iPad...

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10
ppd8472 ppd8472

This iPad is so damn good, I almost don't see why anyone would buy a bigger iPad. Yes, the A6X processor is a beast, and the "Retina" display is nice - I've had one, but the screen on this is very good as well. I can read, and I don't notice pixels that much unless I literally put the thing up to...

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9.0
Ligeo2k Ligeo2k

The best iDevise ever, it's just perfect for book reading and internet surfing, it's just the right size, I think that 10" is too big (for me) I love read on the go, in metro, in traffic jam, it's easy to carry out.

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9.0
johanejohansson johanejohansson

It's hard to sum up the iPad Mini experience, seriously. If I could, I would, but it's weird. It's a product that is a result of compromises rather than trade-off's (which isn't very Apple-like modus operandi) but in most aspects, those compromises make for a far better product than the other...

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8.0
Ihazcheese Ihazcheese

This is the tablet I wanted, couldn't be happier. I usually get 10hrs of wifi use and about 7 hrs on 3g. This is really good because I use my mini constantly for streaming media,apps,music and various things I look up. i only have to charge the tablet once a day. charging times are around 4hrs...

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7.0
mtrctyjoe mtrctyjoe

I love the form factor and the speed seems just fine - but I cannot put up with the resolution. I honestly can read text easier on my iPhone 5. The main reason I got the mini was so I could read text easier - it unfortunately does not do this well - especially "in app" text like ESPNs App - I...

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