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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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Reading Books

Reading a book on the Apple iPad mini is very similar to actually doing the real thing, except for the fact that the screen is lit. You can swipe your finger to turn pages forward and backward, change the font, size, and color, and in some cases facebook or tweet your favorite passages in your book. It all depends on which eReader app you use, but not only can you find most of the popular apps have relatively similar controls.

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Buying Books

Buying eBooks (or iBooks, as branded by Apple) is a relatively painless process on the Apple iPad mini and most iOS devices. Once you've figured out which app you'd like to use as your eReader, simply create an account with your credit card information linked to it, and you'll be able to navigate the store. Find the title you want, and your card will be charged once you tap the "buy" icon. Due to the fact that text files are relatively small, you should be able to start reading your eBook seconds after your card clears.

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eBook Formats

Nowadays, eBook formats matter less and less as the prevalence of a few dwindling eBook stores are largely dominating the market, and many old formats are easily converted to a PDF file. The Apple iPad mini in particular can handle PDF, TXT, HTML, and DOC files with its own reader, as well as iBook files, and any formats belonging to apps you can download, like Kindle files or Nook files. Worst-case scenario? You can always convert old titles of your library using a program like Calibre to a file format that can be read by your device.

Newspapers & Magazines

Periodicals are handled somewhat uniquely on iOS devices, as the newsstand app on the main screen slides open to contain all of your news apps, be they from the New York Times, USAToday, or elsewhere. If having the extra taps isn't your style, there's a few other apps like Flipboard out there that allow you to explore internet periodicals in innovative ways, often much like a magazine.

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The newsstand lives on your home screen.
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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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