Wired reviews Apple’s Retina iPad mini: Unparalleled, mind-blowing, buy it now

“When the first generation iPad mini debuted last year, it was a terrific product. Apple’s first stab at a smaller tablet looked more far more elegant than the competition, managed to squeeze a larger 7.9-inch display in a traditionally 7-inch tablet form factor, and featured remarkable battery life,” Christina Bonnington writes for Wired. “Apple stepped up its game for this year’s iPad mini. The new mini is essentially the same tablet as the 9.7-inch iPad Air, right down to its 2048 x 1536 resolution Retina display. It’s just packed into a smaller package. A new A7 processor meshes with iOS 7 to create a super-powerful slate that gets all-day battery life. The only real difference between the two is the pared-down size, and the $100 cheaper starting price.”

“While the Nexus 7 sports an excellent 1920 x 1200 resolution display, the screen on the new mini looks even better. Side by side, there’s just no comparison,” Bonnington writes. “On the Retina mini, text maintains crystal clarity even when zoomed in to a ridiculous level. In an HD Planet Earth video, the definition of pebbles on a beach and leaves on trees are razor sharp, creating a greater sense of depth than the old mini’s display.”

“Again, it’s basically an iPad Air but packed into a smaller package, which is kind of mind blowing,” Bonnington writes. “The iPad mini is exactly the type of product we expect from Apple. Stunning good looks, a display so high resolution it’d take a magnifying glass to pick out the pixels, and unparalleled performance. This is the smaller iPad that should have debuted last year, but hey, better late than never… Nearly flawless [no Touch ID]; buy it now.”

Read more in the full review here.

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9 Comments

  1. Great review. Unfortunately the Reviewer, Christina Bonnington, must think she is another Steve Jobs: byoo prefacing her article with “This is the iPad mini we’ve all been waiting for,” implies that she(we) knew all along what was in the future.

    Too bad she wrote this article after her Google Nexus 7 (2013) review. Giving it the exact same score, i.e., “Rating: 9/10 Nearly flawless; buy it now” (http://www.wired.com/reviews/2013/08/google-nexus-7/)

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