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Apple iPad mini Tablet Review

It certainly looks cool, but the iPad mini falls flat in performance.

November 02, 2012
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Conclusion

After noting the success of the smaller form factor of Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus7, 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 underspecced, but it also underperforms in just about every performance measure but battery life..

That's not to say that it's a bad tablet: in fact, the opposite is true. As a media consumption device, it's got a very portable and slick form factor, but important to note that its price and hardware shortcomings will definitely surprise and dismay some, and it definitely isn't a great value to those looking for a tablet that will remain up-to-date for a long period of time. Running iOS 6 will help it in the market immensely, but from an enthusiast's perspective, the iPad mini is more of a disappointment.

At the end of the say, it's Apple's first foray into the smaller tablet arena, and it's not surprising that there are some bumps. In time, you may see following iterations of mini with different features, or enhanced specs, though the price is hard to swallow for those looking for a tablet but not willing to pay the full premium.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Conclusion
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