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The iPad Mini (AAPL) is the best small-size tablet available, even if it's far from the...

The iPad Mini (AAPL) is the best small-size tablet available, even if it's far from the cheapest. That's the consensus among reviewers, who frequently praise the device's build quality, thickness/weight, battery life, usefulness as an e-reader, and (of course) app support, as well as technology that rejects accidental touches caused by the Mini's small bezels. The Mini's display (lower resolution than Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD) and smaller keyboard receive a bit of criticism. (reviews: I, II, III, IV, V) (more)
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  • cytrax
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    Why is this even up for review given the media will always try to tell us that anything made by Apple is without a doubt the best?
    31 Oct 2012, 02:03 AM Reply Like
  • Rbongni
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    Because it is?
    31 Oct 2012, 05:45 PM Reply Like
  • arnieron
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    Need more explanation on the resolution matter. Is it "poor" or just "not as good as" and what difference does it make?
    31 Oct 2012, 03:00 AM Reply Like
  • raincity
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    The resolution is the same as the iPad 2 at 1024 x 768 but on a smaller screen at 7.9". Therefore, you get 163 pixels per inch. This is more than adequate for most users and before the latest generation of retina screens this was the standard.


    In my opinion the resolution is just fine as I'm typing this on an iPad 2. However, if you are used to a retina display it will not seem as crisp but still acceptable.
    31 Oct 2012, 03:08 AM Reply Like
  • dab3z
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    Remember that a lot goes into the quality of a display beyond just pixel count.


    Not all 1080p TVs are alike. Think about it.
    31 Oct 2012, 04:32 AM Reply Like
  • raincity
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    I agree that 1080p tv's can differ a great deal. Other elements contribute to a displays quality such as backlighting, surface gloss, and atmospheric lighting. Pixel count per inch plays a great role in overall crispness however.
    31 Oct 2012, 04:51 AM Reply Like
  • dwilly
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    That's right, you have to pay for quality!
    31 Oct 2012, 07:29 AM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    Apple's return to the premium price strategy for an outstanding product.
    31 Oct 2012, 08:39 AM Reply Like
  • geniuspup
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    HEY wake up... AAPL stock still falling.
    31 Oct 2012, 10:53 AM Reply Like
  • ArmchairHero
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    AAPL mini Ipad reviews HORRIBLE. The beginning of the end.

    31 Oct 2012, 10:55 AM Reply Like
  • svz3029
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    lol. Somewhere somebody's wife said "Ew" because it's not a retina display. Run for the hills!
    31 Oct 2012, 11:06 AM Reply Like
  • PersonaNonGrata
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    The vast majority of your posts are anti-apple rants about the quality of a device you've never even held.


    Here are some reviews that disagree with your ONE (though you use "reviews" indicating more than one) sophomoric reveiw on a blog no one's heard of.



    31 Oct 2012, 11:49 AM Reply Like
  • dmarilley
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    Well there is an ethical problem with oblique references to etherial revewiers, because Maximum PC already said the NEXUS 7 blows away the New I Pad, which I can confirm.
    31 Oct 2012, 11:38 AM Reply Like
  • rocback
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    this is in the AOL review which raves about the mini:


    "This isn't just an Apple tablet made to a budget. This isn't just a shrunken-down iPad. This is, in many ways, Apple's best tablet yet, an incredibly thin, remarkably light, obviously well-constructed device that offers phenomenal battery life. No, the performance doesn't match Apple's latest and yes, that display is a little lacking in resolution, but nothing else here will leave you wanting. At $329, this has a lot to offer over even Apple's more expensive tablets.


    Those comparing this to the Kindle Fire HD will have a hard time, as that's a tablet manufactured to a fixed cost and designed to sell you content. This is very much more. Similarly, the hardware here -- the materials, the lightness, the build quality, the overall package as it sits in your hand -- is much nicer than the Nexus 7 and it offers access to the comprehensively more tablet-friendly App Store, but whether that's worth the extra cost depends entirely on the size of your budget -- and your proclivity toward Android.


    Regardless, the iPad mini is well worth considering for anybody currently in the market for a tablet. Its cost is compelling, its design superb and it of course gives access to the best selection of tablet-optimized apps on the market. To consider it just a cheap, tiny iPad is a disservice. This is, simply, a great tablet.


    Update: This review originally stated (as does Apple's spec page) that the iPad mini has a mono speaker. It is, in fact, a stereo device."
    31 Oct 2012, 02:29 PM Reply Like
  • jlabadie1
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    While the media continues to swoon over any new apple product and describe screen resolution and aluminum case, I think it comes down to what eco-system you are in that dictates the best tablet, and the suppliers want to corner users into their ecosystem. I have a Nexus 7 which is an awesome product, integrates beautifully with google and android products (which I primarily use). I bought my wife and ipad recently, and we returned it, because it had poor support for gmail, while the nexus 7 worked great with gmail, picassa, google+...right out of the box. If you have an android phone nexus 7 is your best bet.
    31 Oct 2012, 04:58 PM Reply Like
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    I thought this Guardian article was a very insightful review of the Mini a parallel to the uproar and skepticism that greeted the introduction of the iPod mini, which had half the memory and was only a bit cheapre than the ful sized mini,


    also, rather than comparing the number of pixels, the reviewer looks at the mini side by side with a Kindle and says the Kindle website rendering is awful, and the dispaly overall is worse, despite having more pixels.


    If specs told the whole story, HP would be king because it offers computers with specs that match pr exceed anyone else's for cheaper than Apple, Sony, Toshiba. it ain't about specs on paper people, it's about the real user experience, and it looks like AAPL has nailed that yet again.

    31 Oct 2012, 05:53 PM Reply Like
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