Conceived from its sleek, glossy 10″ counterpart, the new iPad Mini boasts one gigantic new trait over the full-sized iPad: the ability to hold it in one hand. This almost revolutionary twist on the device that sparked a frenzy in the tablet world has finally brought joy to those that have held out hope of such higher portability in an iPad for so long. But does the iPad Mini live up to the hype? Absolutely.
Turns out, the iPad mini is indeed more than simply a shrunk-down iPad, though there may be an argument for it actually resembling something more along the lines of a blown-up iPod touch. In any case, the big question: is the iPad mini right for you? I’ll endeavor to answer that for you here by taking you hands-on with the new model, plus I’ll share from my past few years of iPad ownership experience altogether, especially for those who haven’t yet had an iPad to call their own.
First off, I’m not going to rip this thing apart. I feel the Mini is an absolutely wonderful form-factor, and I recommend it — just not yet.
The size of the mini is just short of an inch wider than your typical competitor. You might not think this is much, but seriously, it is. I absolutely love this aspect of it. In addition, the Mini is just wonderfully light and easy to hold (I have big hands, though).
As much as people rip on the screen, it is comfortably bright, and the battery life seems to last quite well, even if brightened up a bit. No complaints there.
That same screen, as others have said, suffers from its low resolution. Had this tablet come out a year ago, it would have been earth-shattering. Now, when other offerings from Android are coming out with far better resolutions, it’s just meh (the Apple Mini’s contrast and color are still superior to the Nexus 7 by far, though). If you are someone coming from an I-pad 2, you won’t care about the resolution so much. For everyone else who is used to I-phones with substantially smaller, yet sharper resolutions, you will notice the difference.
Item arrived as advertised. Was on time and in new packaging. Very good experience.