The Register reviews Apple’s iPad mini: ‘The tablet even Apple anti-fans won’t be able to leave alone’

“The iPad Mini is a terrific little device,” Alistair Dabbs reports for The Register.

“Every time I handed the iPad Mini to someone for the first time, they’d make the same two observations: ‘Oh, it’s really light,’ invariably followed by, ‘it’s really thin,'” Dabbs reports. “The iPad Mini is comfortable to hold in one hand without straining, in much the same way that you’d hold an e-ink Kindle or Kobo. By comparison, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD is almost a third heavier and thicker.”

Dabbs reports, “The reason it works so well, I believe, is that it runs all your iPad and iPad 2 apps right out-of-the-tin, no compatibility issues, no buggering around, no special iPad Mini app updates required. Cynics have dubbed the product ‘a big iPod Touch’ but despite what I wrote earlier it’s much more like a compact iPad 2… Hang on, no, it’s better than an iPad 2: it’s half the weight, cheaper, includes better cameras and is available in models with up to four times the storage… I love this tablet. Apple says: ‘You won’t be able to put it down.’ Bang on.”

Read more in the full review here.

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NYT’s Pogue reviews Apple’s iPad mini: ‘All the iPad goodness in a more manageable size; it’s awesome’ – October 31, 2012
USA Today’s Baig reviews Apple’s iPad mini: ‘A splendid choice; terrific for reading, watching movies and playing games’ – October 31, 2012
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  1. UPS delivered my 64g mini on Friday. Wow! It’s great for reading and it’s light weight. It’s got great curb appeal and its flawless with iOS 6. Now I won’t bitch about my wife taking “our” iPad retina. The screen on the mini is perfect for me.

  2. Critics/ cynics have dubbed the product a big iPod touch.

    That sounds kinda familiar, lemme see…….
    OH YEAH, the same critic/cynics said the very same thing about the original iPad. How boring. If they are going to sling FUD, can’t they come up with something new instead of trotting out the same old arguments? Big iPod…. Thats SO 2010

    1. Hold on have they actually used an iPod touch?? And exactly how is ‘just a big iPod touch’ not a great thing??? I mean come on… For an attempt to flame apple fans its kinda the opposite. When did pointing out the good aspects of a product ever become a negative ? 😛

  3. I have an iPad 3 and got my iPad mini delivered last Friday.

    I have now put the iPad 3 (on its speaker-dock) in the living room as a family iPad. The screen on the iPad mini is a disappointment, but this is more than made up for by the convenience of the smaller and lighter form factor. Actually, the mini is too thin for comfort for me, I have fat fingers. I bought a cheap case for it that bulks it out a bit, but adds little weight, and ths makes it easier for me to grip.

    Next year I’ll be first in line for a retina iPad mini, but I’m not going back to the large screen iPad, ths size is perfect for me.

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