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
- Beautiful, thin and light design
- Stellar battery life
- Bright, clear display
- Sturdy construction
- Too wide for some
- Pricier than many 7-inch alternatives
I initially thought that the iPad Mini was just going to be a smaller iPad experience. I've been using the iPad since it was released back in 2010 and love my device and didn't think that the Mini would be all that great. But when I went over to the store to have a look, the iPad Mini definitely feels like everything the iPad has always wanted to be. It's light. It's thin. It feels great in your hands. While similarly sized tablets like the Nexus 7s and Kindle Fires are cheaper, I'd recommend the iPad Mini to anyone looking to buy a new tablet this holiday season. The only caveat I can think of is the screen resolution. The quality of the screen is incredible but coming from using a Retina iPad/iPhone 5, it takes some getting used to. An iPad mini with a Retina display (hopefully next year!) will almost certainly rank among the best products Apple has ever made. But the lack of a Retina display doesn't stop the iPad Mini from being one of the best tablets money can buy today.