Conclusion: Steve Jobs famously said that he would never develop a seven inch tablet because the market was too saturated with them. Now that he has moved on, the company is focusing on what will make money and enhance quarterly sales figures. The Mini has seen a tremendous lack of demand on opening day, with crowds significantly smaller than prior launches of the iPhone 5, iPad 3, and iPhone 4S. The main draw of this unit is price and the ability to purchase it in 4G/LTE variants.
Pros: More Lightweight Than Most Android Tablets, Stereo Speakers, Access to the Most First Party Apps and Games, Easy to Use, Geared towards Readers, Long Battery Life
Cons: 4:3 Aspect Ratio, Non-Retina Display, Lack of Customization Features, Thunderbolt Connector Makes Old Docking Stations Obsolete, Unless You Buy Pricy Adapters, High Price
Summary: The iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular was a pleasure to use. Despite the mini size, this tablet delivers the full iPad experience. Whether using the mini to take notes in meetings or play games on the subway, we felt like we were using a full-sized iPad, except we could hold it comfortably in one hand. After using the iPad mini, the 4th generation iPad felt almost heavy and cumbersome, although we missed not having a Retina display.
Pros: Very thin and light aluminum design, Extensive app selection, Great battery life over 4G LTE, Fast 4G performance, High-quality cameras
Cons: Screen not HD, 50 MB iTunes limit over 4G, Limited parental controls
Excerpt: Nearly two years ago, Apple first introduced the Smart Cover it developed alongside the iPad 2 calling it a magical cover. The Smart Cover went on to be Apple's official protective accessory for the iPad 3rd and 4th generation, and now a new mini-me version was designed for the iPad mini.
Excerpt: Let’s face it: Right now, the iPad is synonymous with “tablet.” There are dozens of other Android and Windows 8 tablets on the market, but by and large, when people think about a tablet or desire a tablet, what they really want is an iPad. And if they don’t want an iPad, they want something just like it, but without an Apple logo. At $500, the iPad created and has dominated the touch tablet market for more than two years.
Pros: Great screen size, Comfortable and light, 300,000 apps, Good rear camera
Cons: No Retina screen, Lightning connector adapter is expensive, No microSD, More expensive than Android competitors
Summary: The iPad mini is such a satisfying tablet that the mini part of the moniker actually does the device a disservice. Whether taking the mini to meetings to take notes, laying in bed to read or playing games on the subway, we felt like we were cheating the system. In fact, we actually felt a little sorry for people we saw around town trying to use the larger 9.7-inch iPad while standing.
Pros: Very thin and light aluminum design, Vast app selection, Long battery life, Swift overall performance, High-quality cameras
Cons: Screen not HD, Limited parental controls, Relatively pricey
video Review: iPad mini gives you most of an iPad at half the size
5 November 2012
Summary: Don't confuse the "mini" in "iPad mini" with "lite"--with the exception of a Retina display, this slimmed down iPad gives you the full iPad experience, including access to over 275,000 iPad-optimized apps, in a device that's about half the overall size and weight of the standard iPad.
Pros: Most of the full-size-iPad experience in a smaller, lighter package, All existing iPad apps run natively, Wireless capabilities and cameras on par with fourth-generation iPad, Very good performance, Incredibly solid construction and beautiful design
Cons: No Retina display, Some apps and websites feel a little cramped on the smaller screen, Landscape keyboard is too small for easy touch-typing
Conclusion: The iPad Mini is a miniature iPad, and that’s a very powerful prospect. It has just about everything we want in a small iPad, except for, of course, a Retina display. As long as you’re holding the iPad Mini 18″ or more away from your eyes, the lower screen resolution isn’t a deal-breaker.
Pros: + Incredible build quality, + Remarkably thin and light, + Access to a plethora of quality apps, + Outstanding battery life, + Great display, despite low-resolution, + Snappy performance, + Plenty of cellular data options, You can buy an iPad Mini starting at $329 for the 16GB model in your choice of black or white. If you want cellular data with LTE, you now have three carrier options in the US instead of just two: AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Choosing the cellular dat...
Cons: - Low resolution screen can be bothersome from close viewing distances, - iOS is boring, You can buy an iPad Mini starting at $329 for the 16GB model in your choice of black or white. If you want cellular data with LTE, you now have three carrier options in the US instead of just two: AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Choosing the cellular data option will add $130 to the price of your unit, and remember: with cellular data on the iPad, you turn it on and off when you need t...
Conclusion: The iPad mini is a device that cries out for a clear understanding of how it will be used. And accepted for what it is capable of and designed for. It’s not simply a matter of deciding whether you want a 9.7 or a 7.9-inch screen. The iPad mini has about half the CPU performance of an iPad 4 with it’s A6X processor, and so the mini is geared more towards certain very specific kinds of activities where its small size pays off.
Pros: Very thin, very light, easy to hold in one hand, 10 hour battery life, awesome fit and finish. Beautiful, magical to handle. Stereo speakers.
Cons: No Retina display. iSight camera suspect. Corners cut on power adapter. Some iPhone apps at 2x may not look great. More expensive than most had hoped.