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Apple iPad mini Review

0. phoneArena 05 Nov 2012, 04:56 posted on

By now, we’re fairly familiar with what entails the iPad mini, but upon looking at its $330 starting price point, it’s still somewhat rather difficult to swallow after quickly peeking at its specs sheet. Still, beauty as we all know is more than simply skin deep – so let’s explore everything and see if there’s something more grand beneath it all...

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posted on 05 Nov 2012, 10:21 3

25. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


"Factoring in its hardware specs and all, it would lead anyone to believe that this latest iPad is rather over-bloated at $330, which is still seen as a considerable investment over other highly prized tablets. Despite the less-than-stellar hardware in tow with this one, its unbelievable construction is proof enough to make us believe that its price point is every bit warranted. Looking at it, there’s no doubt that plenty of love was placed into the design of the Pad mini!"

Lol, now all of a sudden construction of the device warrants the bloated price? You sir are an enabler, basically telling people it's great to indulge in this stupid farce. Lowest resolution of the best 7" pads out there, old CPU and half the amount of RAM. Yet you marvel at how it can run and do so much, with a dimunitive OS which is basically an app launcher what the hell, the processor isn't actually doing anything else so it can afford to run games. But you praise the iPhone for retina display, this things display is comical at best. You biased and ridiculous reporters are terrible, you turn a con into something less than. Typing on the screen is a bit hard, but oh in landscape mode we find ourselves typing faster as our hand could easily reach across the entire screen...wtf? Logic dictates this is a give you malcontents. The system stutters when playing games, the lack of support for the popular codecs yet they go on to say the video played smooth enough and kept our attention. Speakers have minimal distortion, means it distorts don't crank it to max.

This review reads like a sales pitch, every con is met with oh it's not that bad and then comes the kicker, you justify the price tag with build of the device? You guys are the worst, a bunch of cons and I see one on the review score of 8.5. The reviewer buffed out all those other cons and was left with one he couldn't buff out. Disgusting writing if you ask me, deceptive tactic used to sell products. Can't wait to see the comparison reviews, that should be a hoot.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 10:55

28. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Anyone think it's interesting that the IPad Mini supports Siri and you can't even get it on the IPad 2 and it's basically the same stinking hardware. Apple is full of it with that one.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 22:54

33. nwright94 (unregistered)


I think it's because the iPad mini has audience noise canceling technology and the iPad 2 doesn't meaning Siri would listen on for forever.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 13:09

29. yingcong6 (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


There is one more con:"price", so it's at most 8 points

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 22:52

32. nwright94 (unregistered)


I have an iPad 3 and love it but for $300 I'm getting the nexus 7 32gb with hspa+ while saving $30. Get NFC and a higher resolution display. I'm positive the iPad mini will give a great user experience, but for $30 cheaper you can get much more. The main downside to picking the nexus 7 though is the tablet app selection is severely lacking but hopefully that will change.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:04

35. steveedojob (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


8.5 for the smaller Ipad 2???? Sure this reviewer from Phonearena is the Apple fans like Eldar Murtazin from Mobile-review. Nice design??? All apple design look the same nothing special...You all know why all Apple product for example cannot directly transfer photo etc via bluetooth to PC or other product other than Apple product??? Because Steve Jobs want a monopoly, buy Apple product don't buy other product so you can transfer file easyly. Wakaka.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:02

36. bensch (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


It is highly interesting when people comment on Apple products, specifically this year. Some claim they are extremely good, innovative, others say they are nothing special compared to Android devices. The truth about Apple devices, and in this case the iPad mini, is that Apple has a market on its own, which is what makes them so successful. Their success is not completely fan-base; they do in fact offer very good products with an outstanding build quality and a very user-friendly UI/OS. This applies to their computers as well as mobile devices. When buying an apple product you get two things: build quality and reliability. Of course this comes at a very high price (in this specific case, an unreasonably high price). Android devices should not be compared with Apple's. There are tens of brands running Android, and that is where comparisons should be made, between those devices. Apple's devices should not compete in the same league, thus we should not get so upset. Apple and Android based devices are not competing for the same market. If you are a geek and enjoy customization go for android, if you are a show off who simply enjoys browsing the internet, checking stocks and become part of the Apple community, buy Apple.
The iPad mini, though, is slightly different. With the iPad mini Apple decided to enter a market which Apple has not yet set a standard upon with previous models. Whereas in the case of the iPad and the iPhone, previous models have set a certain standard in the mobile world. The iPad mini attempts to challenge the 7 inch market, which is a market completely owned by Android so far. Apple is stepping out of its territory, and that is something I do not approve. The advantages of the iPads have always been the screen size/colour reproduction, the GPU and the usability. Prices have always been very high compared to the "competition". With the iPad mini Apple is offering nothing special in terms of specs. They don't offer a good screen, and in terms of prices they have truly exaggerated. The build quality cannot serve as an excuse because Android devices in the 7 inch reign have already shown off some very good aluminium bodies and gorilla glass surfaces paired with HD screens.
Bottom line: there is a reason Jobs did not want to enter the 7 inch market, and that is because he believed Apple had no chance of entering such market successfully.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:50

37. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Overall performance. You guys didnt test the damn thing whatsoever then. Just playing with the Ipad Mini at my Local walmart steered me away from it. Downloaded a Racing game and it was just as slow as my old HTC Inspire. Only thing it performs normal in is low resolution games, and browsing the internet. I wanted a Ipad so bad for a tablet and the Mini would of done so fine, but I was drawn back by horrible display, the walmart lighting had that thing hard to stare at. Horrible proccessing power, High price point. Turned to the Nexus 7 and will never look back!

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 04:52

42. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


iPad mini is sell to testing loyality to apple's costumer

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:05

43. cristianer (Posts: 42; Member since: 20 Aug 2010)


Waiting iPad Mini 2 with Retina Dislpay. :-)

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 10:47

46. robocopvn (Posts: 435; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


Cons need more:

-Old hardware (not for furture)
-No micro SD
-High price for the performance

so it cannot be 8.5 point

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 05:53

47. hamid50 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


just have good price and i like it

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 11:22

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posted on 17 Dec 2012, 05:44

49. ljade.abadinas (Posts: 21; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


For me, I will give it a 6 rating... Sorry Apple! :P

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