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Apple iPad mini first reviews recap

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Apple iPad mini first reviews recap
The first Apple iPad mini reviews are out and they are extremely positive. The 7.9-inch tablet by Apple is praised for its premium unmatched design and while some criticize Apple's $329 pricing, the overwhelming feeling is that this device has the potential to end up being in a league of its own rather than compete with existing 7-inch devices.

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.

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posted on 31 Oct 2012, 08:51 12

1. mydi.maus (unregistered)

wow cant wait to get one of this mini.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:18 2

35. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

It is a nice appealing product. But the price keep customers away from it.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 16:16 3

46. -box- (Posts: 3991; 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

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 08:52 2

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!!!

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 10:02 4

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 :(

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:04 10

3. kevkyle (Posts: 104; 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", )

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:23 7

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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:04 1

4. mercorp (Posts: 1040; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

What will you say?
I hope you don't give it 9/10.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:04 6

5. McLTE (Posts: 922; 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!

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:36

16. Ninetysix (Posts: 2574; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Please links your sources.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 19:47 2

49. Zero0 (Posts: 592; 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:31 6

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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:09 12

6. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

the nexus still kills the mini...sorry Victor...

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:18 5

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 23617; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:40 6

18. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:57 1

21. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

Do a damn google search for these issues.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 10:12 5

24. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

google told me you are lying.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 10:19 3

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; 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

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 10:48 8

31. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 901; 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:22 7

36. remixfa (Posts: 14597; 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:48

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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 13:52 2

45. remixfa (Posts: 14597; 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 19:43 1

48. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

can it run whatsapp? My N7 can ;)

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 14:46

53. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

Who's taco?

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:12 10

7. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; 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

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:30 3

13. LionStone (Posts: 813; 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:33 2

15. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

good one.

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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:38 2

17. Ninetysix (Posts: 2574; 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?

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:59

22. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

File sharing has been added. To verify check ios 6 privacy settings

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 10:47 1

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.

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