iPad Mini Is a Huge Hit

Reviewers love the pretty, tiny 4th-generation iPad

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 31, 2012 7:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Reviews of Apple's recently announced iPad Mini are hitting the streets, and critics are almost universally swooning over the baby iPad. Here's a look at what they're saying:

  • Like pretty much everyone else, David Pogue, writing for the New York Times, loves the size. Not quite small enough for a blazer pocket, he notes, but still a great fit in your hand. "You could argue that the iPad mini is what the iPad always wanted to be."

  • A lot of the chatter is about the screen, and some reviewers are upset that the iPad Mini doesn't feature a retina display like those on the iPad. But over at Business Insider, Charles Arthur says not to worry. The display "is bright, and white, and the text rendering is good—and there's no obvious pixellation."
  • Vincent Nguyen praises the Mini as an "everyman machine," though its price tag ($360 for the base model) doesn't necessarily mean it's the tablet to buy when you can't afford the bigger version, he writes for Slashgear. It's great for those who are mobile a lot, enjoy reading on a tablet, or want a web-tool that's bigger than an iPod or smartphone but still "bag-friendly."
  • The Mini is its own beast, says Tim Stevens at Engadget, and "to consider it just a cheap, tiny iPad is a disservice. This is, simply, a great tablet."

The iPad mini, at left, is shown next to the 4th generation iPad in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Oct.  23, 2012. The device has a screen that's about two-thirds the size of the full-size model, and Apple says it will cost $329 and up.
The iPad mini, at left, is shown next to the 4th generation iPad in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. The device has a screen that's about two-thirds the size of the full-size model, and Apple...   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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