This is the review of the device I didn’t plan on buying – iPad Mini, but I am very glad I did. I watched the live Apple event on October 23rd via my Apple TV. I was not surprised when they announced it and was actually more surprised by the release of the iPad 4 only seven months after the iPad 3. That’s a different article all together so I’ll get back to the Mini. Already being an owner of the iPad 3 and seeing the new mini did not have the retina display, I did not see much use in standing in line this time. Don’t get me wrong, I said the same thing about the first iPad. Needless to say, I ran into an issue with Apple moving shipping back two weeks on the iPad Mini, but was able to find one for sale in my city. After fighting with myself about buying it, I decided to give the iPad Mini a try over the weekend for review purposes and then could resell it if I chose to. After getting my hands on it, I have no intention of reselling it. This little device is awesome. It has plenty of screen to play around on it’s even easier to hold and type out a message to someone than a regular iPad. It’s also thinner than the iPhone 5. One thing I wasn’t sure about until I had my hands on it was how the screen resolution was going to be. Going from the retina display iPad to a non-retina display, I thought would drive me a bit batty. I thought switching back and forth from the iPad Mini to the iPad 3 would be worse than the switching back and forth from the iPad 3 to the iPad 2. As it turns out, the iPad Mini’s resolution is much better than the iPad 2. The screen is packed with the same amount of pixels as the iPad 2, but because it’s smaller, the display looks much better. I’ve been very happy using it all weekend. I left the house today to run some errands and during that time I kept my newly acquired iPad Mini in the pocket of my pants.

I’ve talked about the pros. Now it’s time for some cons. When playing  games like True Skate or working with anything graphically intense, I have seen some lag in the iPad Mini. The lag was enough for me to delete the apps from the iPad Mini. If you’re going to be using graphically intense apps, consider buying the iPad 4. The cost to make the iPad Mini was reported as $188. I think Apple should have priced the iPad Mini around $250 range to be more price competitive in the pocket tablet market. I’m not going to complain too much about price though. I bought it at the $329.99 price tag Apple was asking and I’m very happy with my purchase.

One of the first things I did when I opened the iPad Mini was to open a book and read a few chapters. I enjoy reading on my iPad 3 and wanted to compare the two, side-by-side. Reading on the iPad Mini caused me to get lost in my book. When I finally stopped reading, I noticed that the strain on my eyes had not been bad at all. The 7.9″ 0.68 lb iPad Mini was just the right size to hold as if I was reading a paperback book. Having iCloud to sync my books back and forth between iOS devices made my experience even better. Books you can’t find in iBooks? That’s no problem either because I was able to download the Kindle app and find my other books. The experience using both the Kindle App and iBooks was great.

 

Last night I did a browser test. You can see the results from the image below.

 

As for the iPad Mini’s battery life, Apple says it will get up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music. Over the weekend I’ve seen not much less than what advertised. Apple even nailed it perfectly on being EPEAT certified. So the questions are do I like it, am I going to keep it, and would I recommend it. The answer is yes to all three.  If you’re needing a cost-effective small device to search the internet, play games, check email, and read books, then this iPad is for you.