“When Apple announced the iPad Mini, I didn’t really see the point. At best, I thought, it would be a portable iTunes appliance that would move past the book orientation of the Kindle-style media tablet,” Galen Gruman writes for InfoWorld. “There’s nothing wrong with that, but it didn’t seem interesting. However, after spending several days with the iPad Mini, I get it.”

“Yes, it’s a far superior media tablet than the Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7 — as Apple products tend to be when they enter an established market. And the iPad Mini outclasses both the 7-inch Nexus 7 and the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 as business tablets,” Gruman writes. “But the iPad Mini is also every bit as good as a full-size iPad as a ‘regular’ business tablet, at least if your apps are readable on it, as so many are. That surprised me. For people in highly portable field jobs, the Mini could make the regular iPad look as excessively bulky as the iPad compared to a laptop.”

Gruman writes, “I suspect as more people use it, the real value will be clear, and Apple will have again established a new category of must-have product in which it has no serious rivals. It’s that good.”

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