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Apple iPad Mini Review Roundup: Did Apple Meet Expectations?

The first iPad mini unboxing images have hit the web a full two days before the official launch date of the eagerly awaited device, while a day earlier iPad mini Smart Covers have started to arrive to users in the US. Here's a look at a list of some reviews of Apple's newest tablet, the iPad mini.

iPad mini unboxing
We could read the first reaction of the lucky press members who tested the iPad mini for a few minutes right after the official presentation. The first impressions about Appl's new tablet were positive and the French reader that got his hands on the first iPad mini that was shipped and reported by the blogosphere was also impressed by the device. But what do reporters think about the iPad mini after a couple days of testing? We pickup on some of the best reviews of the iPad Mini from the experts.

iPad Mini Reviews

The Loop

I was really surprised with how much I used the iPad mini in my daily routine — more than the 10-inch iPad. There are a couple of things you have to remember with the iPad mini. First, it isn’t just a smaller iPad, but rather it feels like its own device. Anything that is simply shrunk down or scaled up feels amateurish. The iPad mini feels like an iPad, it’s something you can have fun with and accomplish tasks on.

The Verge

The iPad mini is an excellent tablet — but it's not a very cheap one. There's no tablet in this size range that's as beautifully constructed, works as flawlessly, or has such an incredible software selection. Would I prefer a higher-res display? Certainly. Would I trade it for the app selection or hardware design? For the consistency and smoothness of its software, or reliability of its battery? Absolutely not. And as someone who's been living with (and loving) Google's Nexus 7 tablet for a few months, I don't say that lightly.


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.


The iPad Mini is a design shift from the iPad, and perhaps the biggest one in the iPad's entire history. Despite how popular the iPad's been, it's not really a device that's very comfortable to use when you're not sitting down or at a desk. It's a use-when-you-get-there device, or use-when-comfortably-seated. An iPhone or iPod Touch is truly mobile, and the iPad is only halfway there.

Daring Fireball

It’s really light and easy to hold one-handed. The hardware design — chamfered edges, less tapered back, metal rather than plastic buttons — strikes me as better, more elegant, than that of the full-size iPad 3/4. But it’s disappointing to go non-retina after using the retina iPad for the last seven months. All of the accolades and advantages of retina displays work in reverse. I adore the size and form factor of the iPad Mini, but I also adore the retina display on my full-size iPad. My ideal iPad would be an iPad Mini with a retina display.

So there you have it, reviews from the experts about the brand new Apple iPad Mini. To those who have had a chance to use the new iPad Mini, we would love to know your thoughts on the latest release from Apple.

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