First impressions and mini-review of the iPad mini

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Many things have already been written about the iPad mini since it was released two weeks ago in the U.S. and some other countries. Since it took some time for me to receive my iPad mini (due to geographic barriers), I was able to read many of the reviews—both positive and negative. The negative reviews I read somehow made me lessen my expectations about the iPad Mini. Now that I have mine, they just made me love the iPad mini and not regret spending my hard-earned bucks for what some have called a “low-spec’d, bigger iPod, and smaller iPad 2.”

To prevent from you from getting bored with specs and capabilities, I will just concentrate on the two main features that the negative reviews have been pointing out and tell you why they didn’t bother me at all.

Frankly speaking, I don’t care about Retina Display or slower processor. What I do mind (and I mind a lot) is the form factor. I still believe that one of the essential features of a tablet is its portability. Sadly, the previous iPad models fail in this regard. So, it is quite comforting to me that the best feature of the iPad Mini has got to be its form factor and design.

The iPad Mini is one sexy tablet. Possibly the best-looking tablet I’ve owned and used (mind you, I’ve bought several and have disposed them eventually). Like they say, it’s slim, it’s thin, and it’s light—way lighter than many tablets available in the market today.

The iPad Mini has a great screen display, no ifs, ands, or buts. It may not be Retina Display, but come on people, on a day-to-day usage, you wouldn’t miss that on the iPad Mini. I have the 3rd generation iPad with Retina Display and have been using it for two months now,- mostly playing games. To prove whether the iPad mini’s lack of a Retina display is a deal breaker as what others are saying, I downloaded a couple of games I’ve played on my 3rd generation iPad, and I honestly don’t mind the difference at all. Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Angry Birds Star Wars still look beautiful on the iPad Mini. I’ve also loaded up a couple of ebooks to read for a few of hours. The display of text didn’t bother me at all. Maybe because I’m used to reading ebooks on a Kindle? No, the text is displayed on the iPad Mini pretty well.

So much for the display, then. How about the performance and speed considering it’s under-powered as compared with other iPads? I don’t know about the other guys, but I don’t find it a problem at all when it comes to playing NFS and Angry Birds. The games still load and work fast. Loading apps and switching between screens is still snappy. In short, when it comes to performance and speed, the iPad mini won’t disappoint you.

Apple may have failed in revolutionizing the 7″ tablet space when it comes to specs and features, but it has succeeded in introducing a new breed of iPad, the smaller more portable breed; a breed that, whether you admit or not, is much-awaited by many iPad users. It may not be the perfect tablet, but it is definitely a perfect iPad. Anything more than what it has right now will just elevate the iPad ,ini into its advanced state. As it is right now, the iPad mini suits my needs, and perhaps your too. Don’t hesitate to get one if you can.

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