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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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> In reply to [deleted post]The price argument in my opinion has been argued so badly from both sides. I don't for example, believe that people who buy Ferraris stay at home crying due to unhappiness, at the same time, I wouldn't say someone who bought something due to value, a poor person. Value is not determined by price alone, and at the end of the day, it is determined by the buyer, due to various factors. iOS and Android provide rather different experiences, or very similar experiences, depending on what you look at, and in the end market forces determine the end result. So everyone chill out, buy what you like, and enjoy!

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  • 2012-11-12 06:51
  • PG5Y

Wow they make anything

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  • 2012-11-12 03:16
  • qJPc

only thing i like in apple is its products external looks .....wonderful but inside awful .... though this looks a bit like samsung 7.7" tab

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  • 2012-11-11 19:22
  • 3C25

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-11-11 08:24 from vaNH - click to readfrustrated? hahahaha!! look who is talking!! i am shamed to show myself in public with a samsung or any android device.i have owned for a while a sgs2 and i have hidden it in public every time. i am proud and full satisfied of my apple devices and i am showing off in public with them because i know you envy me

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  • 2012-11-11 18:42
  • 0Cb2

> In reply to brnare @ 2012-11-11 09:45 from v0Xf - click to readiphone 3g is 100$ on 2nd hand market,if it looks and works impecable,neverlocked. iphone 3gs is 200$ at 2nd hand in the same pristine conditions. so you have to wait 5-6 years to find an ipad mini at 100$. at that time you may be dead. live your life and buy it now

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  • 2012-11-11 18:36
  • 0Cb2

> In reply to Rams @ 2012-11-11 10:44 from 7tUS - click to readYes exactly it has only 512 mb hardware is SOOO outdated

This one of overpriced and Main disadvantages shows how terrible this table is for the price the ask....

Main disadvantages

- Only 512 mb, 7" Android tablets have 1 GB
- Mono speakers
- More expensive than 7" Android tablets, only $70 cheaper than iPad 2
- No Retina display, 162ppi only
- Same chipset as iPad 2, now two generations old
- iTunes still required for most of the content uploads
- Reflective screen struggles outdoors
- No standard USB port, Lightning accessories still rare and expensive
- No GPS receiver in the Wi-Fi version
- No memory card slot
- Lack of basic iOS apps - weather, stocks, calculator, voice memos

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  • 2012-11-11 15:08
  • ajTd

On page 5 you can see that iPad mini is better than nexus 7 in 3 benchmarks but nexus 7 is better in 3 benchmarks and in drop tests iPad mini is the winner too and the design of iPad mini(aluminium) is very much better the nexus 7 design(plastic).but there is some problems with iPad mini.1-High price.2-lower resolution.3-a bit weaker chipset.But at the end I don't prefer both because they are small and I prefer to have a big tablet and the best choice now is
iPad 4.

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  • 2012-11-11 12:31
  • j0c1

I have owned a 16G Black WiFi iPad mini for a few days now, and a) The sound quality is superb. b) The screen is fine and all these comparisons with the retina display are a waste of time. The thin form factor, build quality and featherweight design are priceless benefits that make the iPad mini the first tablet that is what all tablets should be like - the only negative being the lack of a high resolution stylus option. But Apple have filed a patent for a stylus technology so perhaps they will release one as an accessory?

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  • 2012-11-11 11:18
  • nFZ9

I am surprised there is no mention of low RAM at 512 MB.If I am not wrong Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD have 1 GM RAM with no inferior hardware, perhaps, with better hardware. The only thing is that they boast 7 inch screen. An 8 inch screen would be a perfect paperback book size making it ideal for e books. Of course, i Pad mini is slimmer and lightweight. But that doesn't stop me craving for more RAM. I am still undecided about what to buy Nexus 7 (because of its monstrous hardware) Kindle Fire HD because of its all round multimedia capabilities with exceptional speakers.

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  • 2012-11-11 10:44
  • 7tUS

just make it $99 and i will buy it.!

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  • 2012-11-11 09:45
  • v0Xf

> In reply to [deleted post]One of my posts was deleted also, but im not surprised. And you should not be surprised at all, since you used the BS word about android users. Its unfortunate that apple fans more often have their posts deleted in threads like these, it kind of kills down healthy discussion, several of you always have to resort to using harsh/bad words, and show anger against fair critics.

I guess the anger comes from frustration over the restricted gadgets you own, as you can see we android users are not frustrated and dont easily resort to bad words, see so happy and balanced we are? LoL

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  • 2012-11-11 08:24
  • vaNH

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-11-10 13:19 from vaNH - click to readi do not care about all the tech details, as long i cannot use big headphones and in the street, the noise cover the music. signal to noise,dynamic, blabalabala is useless as long you can hear the cars,trucks

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  • 2012-11-11 00:33
  • 0Cb2

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-11-10 13:48 from vaNH - click to readi do not care, i love apple,ios,powerful headphones output. i am not isheep, i have a passion, a real passion for their products

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  • 2012-11-11 00:30
  • 0Cb2

Even though I'm fandroid honstley ipad mini way better thannexus 7 and samsung ttab7.7. Android with all these HD resulation and powerful chipset came with nexus 7 still can't beat ipad mini in terms of performance.

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  • 2012-11-10 20:43
  • Tr0u

Finally.. A blog that recognize that the one year old Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is one the iPad Mini main competition. Especially considering it has almost the same dimension as tne Mini. Plus the better resolution, Super Amoled screen, SD card expansion.. And.. t is also a phone! Oh wait.. Apple successfully banned the Tab 7.7 across Europe. There goes the competition..

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  • 2012-11-10 19:16
  • uEBR

> In reply to Someone @ 2012-11-10 11:58 from Mx@E - click to readpeople who bought this device are:
1)people who have owned apple products before and HAVEN'T USED ANYTHING ELSE.
2)people who want to show off with their apple fruit logo.

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  • 2012-11-10 18:45
  • YTE3

i need a million dollars asap

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  • 2012-11-10 17:54
  • qAUa

It has only one speaker, the other is just fake. The mic is on the top if I know well.

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  • 2012-11-10 15:51
  • msuW

In an ideal world, the iPad mini would've been out at least a year ago and competing against something like the Samsung Galaxy 7.7

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  • 2012-11-10 15:28
  • BNAW

I am so thirsty waiting for it and it will be my 3rd Apple product and very satisfied.It is lighter and with LTE so perfect for my interest.

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  • 2012-11-10 15:04
  • 7wkm

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