Hands on with Apple's 7-inch Tablet: the iPad Mini

An easier to handle design with a slight price price drop, will it give Apple an edge?

Rich DeMuro

12:18 AM EDT, October 24, 2012


The iPad is the best selling tablet in the world. Apple has sold more than 100 million of them in just two years. Now with a smaller, lighter and easier to hold iPad, Apple hopes to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7.

The iPad mini comes with a 7.9 inch screen with the same aspect ratio as the full size iPad. What does that mean? For iPad users, it means all of your favorite apps for previous iPads will work without app developers having to rewrite the apps. 

In addition, a smaller screen with a high resolution means a larger viewable area when using apps or browsing the web. 

The iPad mini also sports a thin profile coming in at 7.2mm wide and packs HD cameras in both the front and the back.

What’s missing in the mini is a Retina display. The screen on the mini looks good, but it quickly feels outdated when compared to other new iOS devices like an iPhone 5 or full size iPad.

Despite the let down of the missing Retina display, many users will find it “reasonably satisfying,” said Mike McGuire of Gartner Research.

The new smaller iPad will come in black or white with the option of adding a splash of color via smart covers that sell for $40.

The iPad mini starts at $329, which is more than similarly-sized tablets in the market, and will be available at the stores Nov. 2, 2012.

No matter what may be missing on the mini, a solid build quality with an easy one-handed use design will make this a strong contender for the Holiday season. 

Apple also introduced updates to the iMac, making it thinner and more powerful. The company also introduced a new 13-inch Retina display Macbook Pro. Both computers no longer come with an optical drive.

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