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The iPads's smaller, uglier sibling!
Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi 16GB White
Member Name: MrPixl8
Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi 16GB White
Advantages: Small and compact, perfect for reading
Disadvantages: Feels cheaper, worse screen
When I first heard the iPad mini had been announced I was quite excited, being able to carry a device like the iPad around in a smaller form is ultimately quite a good idea. I had already been doing quite a lot of reading on my original iPad but unfortunately the original's can be quite unwieldy and you your arms soon die after holding it above you while lying down. As a result the iPad mini was attractive.
So firstly, the build quality. As usual it's pretty good as is the case with most Apple products, unfortunately I cannot shake the feeling that this feels cheaper than the others. Something about the materials feels weird and when compared to the originals it feels considerably cheaper, perhaps this is because of my over critical nature when it comes to new iterations of products but there is certainly something different about it. This is not to say that the iPad mini feels bad it just doesn't feel quite as good in my opinion.
The first strike against the iPad mini is that it lacks Apples coveted 'Retina display', something present in many of their other products. As someone who owns multiple other products with this type of screen I can safely say the difference is absolutely noticeable, everything seems less pretty on the mini. I have experienced this through looking at photographs and as I mentioned before in the many books I have been reading lately, things simply appear less clear. I suppose this is an attempt by Apple to keep the price of the product down but I can't help but feel disappointed by it. As usual, the iPad comes loaded with the typical apps found on all IOS devices such as music, movies Safari (web browser) etc. These all feel great and everything works smoothly and overall the experience is enjoyable even in this smaller format. Unfortunately the front camera on the mini leaves a lot to be desired so expect some extremely grainy horrible photo's if you use this camera, but fortunately the front facing camera is really quite good and I have used it to take some really nice looking photo's. You can also expect a decent battery life, you're looking at around ten hours of minimal use which degrades slowly as you use more apps and watch more videos.
Overall, I would say that in my opinion the iPad mini is suitable if you want to carry an iPad around with you while you're on the move and perhaps for reading. But unfortunately I cannot shake the feeling that this is a step down from the full sized iPad, because of this I would recommend that if you will mainly use your iPad at home to just buy the mini's bigger brother. Yes it may be more expensive but it really does feel better than the mini and you wont regret it.
Summary: Works well with no major flaws, just with a little less magic
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