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
Conclusion: There has been some initial discussion here at TMO whether the iPad mini would, at some point, be a better seller than the standard size iPads. Others have also speculated about this. At first, I thought it might do so over the next year. However, after pondering further, and soberly looking at projected sales, I think the iPad mini fills an important product niche, but won’t ever sell in larger numbers than its big brothers.
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.
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: One of the major challenges Apple has faced over the past several years has been an inability of both critics and consumers to fully grasp the importance of devices it releases in new form factors—until something, perhaps their unexpected popularity, clicks conceptually and begins to make sense.
Pros: A smaller and much easier to carry sequel to the iPad 2, benefitting from newer industrial design elements and technologies introduced in the fifth-generation iPod touch. Generally very solid build quality and highly attractive fit and finish, relying on thin but strong glass painted in either black or silver, plus an aluminum rear shell. Runs virtually all of the over 700,000 apps in Apple’s App Store, including the 250,000 designed for full-sized iPads. Includes a 7...
Cons: Battery on Wi-Fi model falls modestly short of Apple’s 10-hour claim under some circumstances; cellular run time similarly falls below 9-hour estimate. Base $329 price tag is a little high, especially considering the additional expense of Lightning accessories and Apple’s decision to pack in an unnecessarily slow charger; $130 cellular premium remains somewhat steep, and arguably less necessary given the increasing availability of smartphone personal hotspots. Screen,...
It certainly looks cool, but the Apple iPad mini falls flat in performance.
2 November 2012
Conclusion: After noting the success of smaller form factor tablets like Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7, Apple has followed suit with their own miniaturized tablet, the iPad mini. Overall, despite the polish and interesting form factor, the mini just seems like it was rushed more than carefully engineered. Not only is the tablet under-specced, but it also underperforms in just about every performance measure but battery life.