iPad mini Review

iPad mini review

Apple’s iPad mini is a 7.9-inch version of the popular tablet. It’s billed as being every inch an iPad. That’s both true and false, when comparing it to its bigger brother, the new fourth generation iPad. There’s good and bad here. Depending on you, the balance could shift in either direction. In our iPad mini review, I’ll provide you a comprehensive look at Apple’s new tablet. The addition of a new member to the iPad family is both a curse and blessing. Choice is great, but it will also make for a difficult decision. Should you buy the iPad mini or the new iPad? Our plan is to complete our fourth generation iPad review and then provide you with a guide that will help you with that decision. A smaller tablet was never something  that … [Read more...]

Shorter Lines for iPad mini, 4th Generation iPad Launch

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The iPad mini went on sale today at 8:00 am at Apple Stores both in the US, Canada and in other international markets. Lines were shorter than for previous Apple launches. Reports on Twitter, our forums and my own personal experience show lines that were short to non-existent. Having arrived at the Apple Store in Annapolis, Maryland at 5:00 a.m., I expected to see a line of some sort. Having covered all of the iDay launches, I honestly thought that perhaps I was lined up in the wrong location. To my surprise, I was first in line. There was a slow trickle of people arriving, with just seven people or so when the doors opened at 8 o’clock. As with previous launches, tickets were handed out for both the iPad mini and fourth generation iPad. … [Read more...]

iPad mini Reviews Head Out

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The embargo on iPad mini reviews lifted last night, and so this morning we awoke to all the big publications having their reviews out — while the rest of us still wait for delivery this Friday. The general consensus? It's small, nicer to hold, and generally excellent, but the screen is lacking, and it's pricey. … [Read more...]

Why the iPad mini will sell better than hotcakes

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Tomorrow the iPad mini will be available for pre-order, with a release date set for November 2nd. It’s already become the most polarizing device in Apple's product portoflio. There’s been plenty of conjecture about the price, with some feeling as if Apple could have been more aggressive with their pricing. Some take issue with the lack of a retina display or the specifications largely mirroring that of the older iPad 2, which was released in 2011. One would think that with all this talk, the iPad mini won’t sell well, given that it’s over priced and underpowered. Think again. Apple’s iPad mini is the ultimate crossover device and here’s why it’ll sell better than hotcakes. First Time Tablet Buyers Apple has sold over 100 million iPads. … [Read more...]

Why the iPad mini is worth $129 more than a Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7

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Apple today announced their foray into the small tablet market with the iPad mini. What they did not do was offer up a low-cost tablet in line with pricing of their competitors, which include Google’s Nexus 7 and the soon-to-be released Amazon Fire HD. Despite rumors to the contrary, the price of admission for the entry-level iPad mini is $329 for a 16GB WiFi only model in either black or white. Some will call this the Apple tax, but there are a number of legitimate reasons why it's worth spending $129 more on the iPad mini than either the Google Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD. Thinner & Lighter The iPad mini is 7.2mm thin and weigh 312 grams. How remarkably thin is the new mini. The Nexus 7 is 10.45mm and weighs 340 grams. The … [Read more...]

Apple Announces iPad mini Smart Covers

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Apple today announced that iPad mini Smart Covers would be the first accessory available for the new smaller iPad. The Smart Covers are not yet available in the store, but will be priced at $39.00. The iPad mini is available for pre-order starting this Friday and the Smart Covers should be available for purchase. Color options for the iPad mini Smart Covers include black, blue, green, pink, gray, dark gray and Product Red. Smart Covers for the iPad mini are designed to offer protection from scratches to the display, without having to add a bulky case. It has the added benefit of turning on your iPad by simply folding back the Smart Cover. Likewise, it will also put the iPad mini to sleep when the display is covered. The … [Read more...]

Apple Unveils The iPad mini

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Confirming what has long been rumored, Apple has just unveiled the iPad mini. This 7.9-inch device is just 7.2mm thick, and 0.68 lbs. That's as thin as a pencil and the weight of a pad of paper. It'll debut for $329 — unfortunately not quite hitting the $299 mark some had been hoping for. It'll be available for pre-order this Friday, with Wi-Fi shipping November 2 with LTE shipping November 16. … [Read more...]