iPad mini: reviews roundup

The first reviews of Apple's latest diminutive tablet are out in the wild. Here's a roundup.
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor

Lucky are those who managed to get their hands on Apple's latest new product, the iPad mini tablet, before everyone else.

But is it any good? Is there a business use case? Or is it just a tablet for tots?

My esteemed industry colleagues found out.

  • "The perfect size, but at a price." -- CNET's Scott Stein
  • "A device so good that perhaps this update was released so soon after its predecessor to maintain the appeal of the bigger, more expensive unit." -- Engadget's Tim Stevens
  • "There's something endearing about the mini that makes you want to keep it on-hand and use it often. It's a feeling the larger iPad never elicited in me." -- The Verge's Josh Topolsky
  • "In portrait, I actually find it easier to type on the Mini than a full-size iPad. All thumbs, with less distance to travel between keys, it feels more like typing on an iPhone. In landscape, though, typing is decidedly worse." -- Daring Fireball's John Gruber
  • "Unlike its closest competitors, the Mini can't play video in high definition." -- The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg
  • "By pricing the Mini so high, Apple allows the $200 class of seven-inch Android tablets and readers to live (Google Nexus, Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD)." -- The New York Times' David Pogue
  • "By comparison, the regular iPad feels like you're holding a full flat-panel monitor. And the Nexus 7 feels like you're holding a piece of plastic with a screen bolted on." -- TechCrunch's MG Siegler
  • "The iPad mini is the best small tablet you can buy. The question you'll have to answer for yourself is whether it's that much better." -- Bloomberg's Rich Jaroslovsky
  • "A product in a category of one." -- TIME's Harry McCracken

There you have it. A business case? Not really. A cheaper way to occupy your kids on a long car ride? Most likely.

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