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Apple iPad mini review: One for the road

09 November 2012 | Read the review | Post your comment
Apple iPad mini review: One for the road - read the full textWait, did hell just freeze over? Maybe a couple of degrees cooler? Rumors of a mini version of the iPad had been laughed at, dodged and denied - not necessarily in that order and often all at once. But here it is - the iPad mini is finally a reality...


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I think the main disadvantage with this ipad mini is, next year disappointment.
Next year the ipad mini at least will have the retina display with the same resolution as ipad 3rd/4th gen with 324ppi(same ppi with the iphone), A6x chip (still good for ios device), or maybe NFC.
With the same price I think today's ipad mini is antediluvian

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  • 2012-12-08 21:46
  • y$ff

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-11-18 16:23 from S35r - click to readDon't take it the wrong way because I totally agree with you, but don't waste your time with intelligent answers. For some reason people don't seem to understand what works for one may not work for another.

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  • 2012-12-07 23:47
  • pJ@E

thats a good fone

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  • 2012-12-07 11:22
  • MfyY

android is a heavy os and capable of multitasking. to maintain a pure multitasking, android must have a bigger spec and more powerful chipset. and for me whos having 512 ram on galaxy wonder, it just cant do a proper multitasking and since it single core.

its different than ios. ios is sooo lighweight and superbly optmized OS. they dont need such a big ram or spec because they dont do multitasking but instead task-switching. for me 512 is enough for all ios device.

it's comment from fandroid and also apple fanboy :)

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  • 2012-11-30 07:27
  • uEBF

great in world

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  • 2012-11-28 07:25
  • 9Bc%

android devices looks good on PAPER, nice specs and all, but REAL LIFE usage are performance LAGS, apps Force Close, OS restart with no reason, Cant sure whether your Data is safe etc etc , to put it simply = Sucks.

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  • 2012-11-27 15:47
  • uE54

> In reply to How?? @ 2012-11-26 03:01 from MfyZ - click to readGo to this site.

Filter by OS.

Compare Android and iOS, remembering that everything you see on those Androids can be done without having to root.

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  • 2012-11-26 16:25
  • IVx$

> In reply to How?? @ 2012-11-26 03:01 from MfyZ - click to readI can use my Android phone/tablet to plug in my friend's USB Pen Drive and transfer movies/songs from it into my phone/tablet..

Can you "Tablet" do that?

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  • 2012-11-26 16:22
  • IVx$

To all Fandroids, please tell me how Apple restricts my experence?

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  • 2012-11-26 03:01
  • MfyZ

I'm sorry, but I fail to see how it offers 30% more real estate than the nexus 7. It is a larger screen yeah, but it is a lower resolution which I would define real estate. Not to mention the fact it is a 4:3 screen making it less useful for many things unlike the nexus 7.

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  • 2012-11-25 10:54
  • 2IgE

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-11-18 16:23 from S35r - click to readYou should be saluted. Really.

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  • 2012-11-23 14:06
  • MDVq

> In reply to Crissy @ 2012-11-19 02:35 from NUwh - click to readWait, did hell just freeze over? Maybe a couple of degrees cooler? Rumors of a mini version of the iPad had been laughed at, dodged and denied - not necessarily in that order and often all at once. But here it is - the iPad mini is finally a reality. It caused due measures of excitement and perhaps a bit of disappointment. Yet, in typical Apple fashion, it's an excellent piece of hardware. In short, it's a polarizing device that may as well be the next best-selling tablet.

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  • 2012-11-22 19:27
  • 98Wk

"The iPad mini is nothing more than an iPad 2 with a smaller screen and premium finish"

A smaller design is exactly what will get the customer buying

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  • 2012-11-21 23:46
  • u0ua

The Official Apple iPad Mini is good. But according to the accessories, third party accessories ( cost-effective.

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  • 2012-11-19 02:35
  • NUwh

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-11-18 16:23 from S35r - click to readOh, one more thing, im not even a fandroid, there was practical reasons why i had to switch from Maemo to Android, and i was not at all happy about it, Maemo is the greatest ever on handheld devices and im not gonna change my stand on that. Android is so inferior to Maemo that i cant even begin my line of arguments here, and still Android is just as much superior to iOS.

Off topic, reminds me of the discussions back in 02009/2010 "why N900 is better than iphone" and vice versa, when there was not even anything to discuss. N900 with its 800x480 display was more than enough to put iphones at the time to shame, and that was only scratching on the surface, coz when you went deeper than that even the android units of the time fell short, and they still do. Meaning iPhones has already been far inferior to the competition, making my purchase of N900 over iphone the easiest decision i ever had to make, it really was an F22 going up against ww1 airplanes, and the situation is not much better for iphone now, even if iphone4 enjoyed a significant display advantage for a while.

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  • 2012-11-18 19:21
  • vaN}

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-11-18 16:23 from S35r - click to readI like your style, for an apple user it got dignity. I guess i was the one to point out that aplle fans are more frustrated and seem less happy with their life, but that surely does not apply to you, and i realize that most apple users are like you, not like "ima a doctor!" a few posts down here (from 0Cb2). My brother in law also is iphone man and he is probably more balanced than me ahaha.

Apple products are getting further and far from Android products every day, there is soon no more good arguments hardware wise to defend an investment in an iphone or ipad, even disrespected chinese "brands" are now ahead of apple, so i have to question HOW MUCH LONGER CAN WE JUSTIFY CLASSIFYING IPHONE AS A SMARTPHONE? Is Nokia Asha series really smartphones? Absolutly, IF apple is.

I cant see any reason to get an ipad mini, tomorrow we will buy a tablet for my daughter and needless to say it will be android.

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  • 2012-11-18 19:09
  • vaN}

I find all this Andriod vs Apple arguments mostly nonsense. Especially when you get Apple users violently defending themselves like someone had insulted them by simply criticising Apple. Likewise when Andriod users make wide sweeping statements like iOS is too restrictive, Andriod users are less frustrated - all are totally subjective comments.

At the end of the day people will by what they perceive to be good value, regardless of wether it is an 'inferior' product. Good value is perceived as different things to different people. If someone has downloaded alot of apps off the apple app store then they are more likely to stay with apple. If someone mainly reads ebooks and has used a kiddle for a few years they will likely go for a kindle fire and if someone has been downloading movies like crazy off bit torrent they are probably aren't going to use an apple device.

I personally like apple products, I own a macbook and like how the iphone syncs with it. I love the build qaulity of their devices and the aluminium finish tops plastic FOR ME everyday. But I fully aknowledge that more powerful computers exsist at a cheaper price point and the andriod os for phones has become incredibly powerful in the last year overtaking iOS on many benchmarks.

But guess what? I like using my apple products because they do what I want and I like how they look. I know that might make some Andriod users furious that I'm using 'inferior' devices that in their opinion are overpriced but I don't care.

Long live variety.

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  • 2012-11-18 16:23
  • S35r

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-11-11 18:42 from 0Cb2 - click to readWhy would i envy your restricted devices that has nothing to offer me? Whats the use of an apple product? i dont get it. I will sit with itunes on a pc to be able to use it? You must be kidding me, theres nothing to envy in an apple product, and affording them is not a problem, i could pay my Note II cash straight up $749 so then i think i can afford an iphone5 at $199. It never occurred to you that we use android because its better and has superior hardware to choose from?

And again, most of all, it has no restrictions and does not depend on itunes to be used. Theres nothing to desire and you think we are jelous, how is it possible to be so ignorant? Your post written in a victorious tone was just pathetic, i truly feel pity for you.

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  • 2012-11-16 12:24
  • vaNH

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-11-11 00:30 from 0Cb2 - click to readreal passion for mediocrity

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  • 2012-11-12 19:45
  • YTE3

I own a nexus 7 and just got my hands on iPad mini. Well mini looks and feels stunning. Nexus 7 is high in specs but mini is just enough with the provided specs. The screen resolution is good. There is not a big difference between retina display and this one. Navigation is extremely smooth, sound is good and iPad apps are far superior than nexus 7 apps. Overall I am glad I bought this device.

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  • 2012-11-12 11:50
  • LhRF

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