Apple iPad mini first reviews recap
Virtually everyone agrees that this is the best-designed slate in the more compact 7 to 8-inch form factor. Apple's attention to details allows it to price the product much higher than competing tablets, but while it's the best, this time Cupertino is not establishing a new category as with the original iPad, it's following in the footsteps of others.
If we had to point out one universal gripe, it's the lack of a Retina display. Virtually all reviewers agree that the Nexus 7 has the more detailed screen, and that difference is noticeable.
What makes the case for the iPad mini so strong is the immense iOS ecosystem of apps. All tablet apps scale perfectly well (they look smaller, of course) on the 7.9-inch iPad, and that means you have over 275,000 apps made for tablets. What else do reviewers have to say? Check out our review recap right below to find out.
Apple iPad mini review recap
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.
“Ew, the screen is terrible.”
If the Mini had a retina display, I’d switch from the iPad 3 in a heartbeat. As it stands, I’m going to switch anyway. Going non-retina is a particularly bitter pill for me, but I like the iPad Mini’s size and weight so much that I’m going to swallow it.
1. mydi.maus (unregistered)
wow cant wait to get one of this mini.
35. rf1975 (Posts: 247; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
It is a nice appealing product. But the price keep customers away from it.
46. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Why? Get an ipad2, same thing, bigger screen, same price, too, I think. Or, better, get a Surface or Windows RT, and get stuff done, instead of just play. Even better, get a Windows 8 Pro, and create while getting stuff done, as it's a full computer, not just a media player with a huge screen
2. wendygarett (unregistered)
Pic #3 say the truth, this is 1st time that I skip the iDevice to teach Mr. Cook a lesson... Bigger screen better? Doesn't affect on me Apple!!!
23. wendygarett (unregistered)
Thanks for the red thumb, I just got the nexus 7 and it's too late for me to get back the ipad mini tho :(
3. kevkyle (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)
was curious about #10 the Poop - err, i mean the Loop.....never heard of it before
clicked on the site - lo and behold.....it's an ifansite", )
10. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
That poop is an ifansite. Joshua topology is well known isheep, engadget is also biased. Other review don't conclude that its any better than Nexus 7.
4. mercorp (Posts: 971; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
What will you say?
I hope you don't give it 9/10.
5. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I call BS on the iPad being better.. everything I have read shows the Nexus 7, and probably the coming Galaxy7 to be significantly better.
App ecosystem.. that's changing. As the Android pad sales explode, you'll see the Android app selection explode as well.
While it's a cute tablet, and I do agree that it looks a bit better than the Nexus 7.. only because the screen is more edge-to-edge.
Seriously though.. 329 for inferior specs in EVERY way? You can get the Nexus 10 for just $70 more!
49. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
I never thought about comparing the Nexus 10 to the iPad Mini, but now that you bring it up, holy crap.
Real quick math shows that the Nexus 10 has a solid 44% more screen space than the iPad Mini, at a nearly two times higher ppi. The 10 also sports a processor that isn't a year and a half old.
Apple claims that the iPad Mini's extra screen size is worth $130. Google offers roughly the same extra screen area for a mere $70. Check and mate.
6. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
the nexus still kills the mini...sorry Victor...
14. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
Nexus 7= cheap design ,cheap built quality, pathetic cameras, not all apps are compatible(done some research and it turns out nexus 7 doesn't have many apps that are optimized for it whereas ipad mini runs all of the 700000 apps of the App Store), search for benchmarks and you will see that that A5 Gpu beats ge force gpu, ipad mini will always be fast and fluid whereas nexus 7 shows some lag frequently(research done already), also 16 GB N7 lags when the device has only 3GB memory left- so much that the device becomes unusable.
21. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
Do a damn google search for these issues.
26. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I can google Search many things including iPad issues and that doesn't make it something everyone will e/experience
31. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
I just checked with the tablet in my hand (Nexus 7) and I have no idea what the hell your talking about. You probably asked Siri and she's less accurate and more biased than a republican at a convention.
36. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Alright Taco, calm your jets. My god, your obvious arent you.
You have obviously never seen a nexus 7 in real life. If it had an apple logo on it, you would think it was the best tablet ever.
Its extremely solidly built. It has NO REAR CAMERA, ALL APPS ARE OPTIMIZED FOR IT... ya know, since every android app can scale or flip to tablet mode depending on screen resolution (something apple apps cant do), its fluid as all hell proving your still a tool and a fool.
BTW, the ipad mini can only run the 250k TABLET OPTIMIZED APPS, not all apps. The N7 can run EVERY app in the play store. You have your facts backwards like normal.
Hell, the slide show even mentions its "250k tablet apps for use".
no matter how many screen names you have, you will never get any smarter.
41. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
Ipad mini runs all apps on the App Store including iPhone apps so shut up.
45. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
ahh nothing like apples blessed invention of "compatibility squares" and large swaths of unused screen. lolol.
poor taco.. your anointed company just keeps falling further behind.
7. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Worse hardware compared to ipad 2, worse screen compared to nexus 7, totally wrong ergonomic design for a 7 inch tablet as it's awkward to hold.
Apple took all spare unselled A5 and baked them into the ipad mini.
Hey! It has bluetooth 4!! Sadly no file sharing allowed.
Awesome ecosystem! With a non-awesome ecosystem I can read all magazines for free downloading pdfs and can stream full hd movies without an apple tv. I can download any tv show for free with a link grabber and share it to all my devices with a ftp server. I can have all music for free with music junk. Meh, I won't have the beer app suddenly...
I start to admire Apple
13. LionStone (Posts: 452; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
That has to be one of the lamest blocks that apple does with their Bluetooth is to block file transfer...so,so, lame.
15. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
ya not all content is apps. actually most content i consume isnt. say the internet, books, magazines, and movies. all of those things look so much better on my nexus 7 than they do on the ipad mini. plus i can access all that content for free.
17. Ninetysix (Posts: 1659; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Even with everything that you listed, it will still out sell the Nexus 7 by millions.
U Jelly...U mad?
30. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Nah I'm happy with my n7. I could care less how many people buy this thing.
34. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Not mad just saddened that most people are that stupid and worried about the state of humanity..
22. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
File sharing has been added. To verify check ios 6 privacy settings
8. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Why are you guys doing these kinds of stuff? I mean only serious fanboy sites do that (on both android and apple side ) I means isn't that counterproductive? You would be getting a unit for review anytime soon and you are directly getting opinions from other Sites? Honestly not a smart move
28. Victor.H (Posts: 441; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Appreciate your opinion. A review is surely coming, so stay tuned.
39. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I Know you guys work and and under lots of pressure sometimes, but I also thing giving into the competitors opinions over certain things you do may not be a nice approach, I've seen many pages doing that lately so its not only PA but I think some of this info is meant to stay on the respective sites . Sorry if I sounded too rude
11. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Alright, i say here and now - the next iPAD mini will kill the big brother.
Now i'm starting to think Apple deliberately toned down on screen and processor here to avoid total cannibalization
12. LionStone (Posts: 452; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Haha...."a league of its own"... it's SO special!!
19. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the app ecosystem argument is crap. Yay, you get 250k apps for your ipad. You get 700k apps for your Nexus7. Add that to a higher res screen, much better OS, Google Now, Google Maps, stronger hardware, and still a fantastic battery.
Apple fans think the ipad is the best. For anyone without a dog in the fight, the mini ipad does not measure up in any way.
37. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
It's beyond me that those so called tech journalists are missing the fact that Nexus 7 actually trumps iPad mini in the app department.
Android phone apps LOOK JUST FINE ON 7 INCH SCREEN.
40. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
shyt, I can force apps to flip to tablet mode on my phone for extra functionality.
iOS people have no idea what they are missing and are happy in their ignorance.
Apple - you need a specialized app for that
Android - 1 app to rule all sizes.
its not that hard to understand.
20. maxican16 (Posts: 363; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
I love how all of these sites make reference to a device that is $130 cheaper. Seriously? The N7 and mini are in two different leagues at those prices. Yet the N7 holds its own with a better resolution, better footprint, and the power of the android OS. Everyday iOS falls further behind, and Google's content catches up.. soon there will be no difference in content/apps.
And what does that tell you? That the majority of the first impressions given are completely biased. Silly.
25. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
Wow victor, you based this entire story off of the opinions of well known Apple fanboys and biased websites. Way to destroy all of Michael's and others hard work to make sure pa is an unbiased offer, with one pointless article. Would it have been that hard to find opinions from some neutral parties? You know, like you're supposed to.
God forbid you do you job properly.
27. Victor.H (Posts: 441; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Yeah, my bad, how could I possibly forget the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, TheVerge and so on were among the most avid Apple fanbois.
33. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
Congratulations!!! A whopping 30% of your sources are borderline. I'll give you verge, but as far as wsj and bloomberg, its not the publication, its the author of the review.
Hence why most newspapers had a little sentence at the of most articles that says something along the lines of this is based off of the opinion of the author and not of the publication co. itself.
Tim cook could take a crap, slap an Apple logo on it, and mossberg would go gaga.
If it had been more evenly split, we wouldn't be having this conversation.
29. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
pic #5 says
"My only complaints were that it's a tad too wide to fit in most of my pockets"
How do you fit a 7.9 inch tablet in your pockets????
32. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
The thing is that iProducts will always run smooth as iOS is not as heavy as Android, therefore people will say iProducts never lag. Since Android is extremely mainstream nowadays issues arrive in various products and when people post these problems online on forums then apple fanboys say these "issues" exist on ALL android devices. Come on even PA gave the Nexus7 a 9/10. What more evidence do apple fanboys want, if the sight that they follow(referring to apple fans on THIS site) is praising this device?
In short lag is FINISHED with jellybean, unless ofcourse you carelessly use your phone. That way even iOS lags.
43. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Yesterday's Technology at Day Before Yesterday's price. Lets not talk about smoothness as all smoothness is lost when none has to do 5 finger smooch of screen very frequently for every switch.
44. xtremesv (Posts: 234; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
The reviewers that have criticized many Android tablets for not having an ultra high resolution display, now praise a sub HD overpriced iPad which practically equals a shrunk iPad 2 (19 months old device). Have all these people been caught in the reality distortion field?
47. imkyle (Posts: 1006; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Everyone says the screen is so disappointing.
50. xtremesv (Posts: 234; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
They say the display is disapponting but even though they are amazed by the smaller iPad 2 with narrower side bezels and a better camera.
51. suneeboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
Why all the Apple hate? Who really gives a damn at the end of the day other than you? If you don't like it, don't buy it.
52. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
That is just what fandroids on this site do. They go on every Apple article and talk about the Nexus 7 or the Nexus 4. iSheep use to hold the title for being the most annoying fanboys, but fandroids have surpassed them. I can't even read an apple article without seeing "MY NEXUZ 7, CHEAPER, CUSTOMIZATIONZ, DUM APPLZ FANBOYZ."
54. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)
The reviews don't surprised me. The iPad mini is pretty much the same thing as the iPad 2. If they said the iPad 2 was great, then they can't say the iPad isn't great. That's the beauty of apple releasing the same product over and over again. You can't release criticize it. When the iPad first came out, it's like the iPhone, but bigger, so it's great. Now the iPad mini comes out and everyone is saying it's like the iPad, but smaller, so it's great. I'm going to predict the future and say when the iPhone 5S and iPad 5th Generation, and the New iPad Mini comes out, all of the reviews will say it's the same thing, but newer, so it's great.
55. mydi.maus (unregistered)
yeah ipad mini