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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Features The mini is still part of the iPad family and has everything you need. great!
  • Display Given the same pixel density as the iPhone 3GS it's still a great display for its size and form factor. good
  • Battery life Lives up to expectations and more. great!
  • Ease of use No comments great!
  • Storage capacity No comments great!
  • Design and form factor No comments great!
  • Portability (size / weight) Huge improvement over previous generations larger iPad, So much lighter and take with you everywhere. great!
  • Durability Hard to say, less than a day old. great!
Detailed review
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 - Retina Macbook Pro, 3rd Gen iPad) the pixel density is far less. This is offset by design, weight, portability and at the end of the day compromise. Still getting used to putting my thumbs on the long edge bezel's, but so far iOS has done a pretty good job to isolate accidental touches and works well as expected.

Highly Recommend the mini to folk who want an easy all portable solution that you actually wouldn't mind taking with you - the 3rd gen Retina is slightly too large for my liking.