Review: iPad mini gives you most of an iPad at half the size

At a Glance

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  • Apple iPad mini with Wi-Fi
    $329.00

    Don't confuse the "mini" in "iPad mini" with "lite"--with the exception of a Retina display, this slimmed down iPad gives you the full iPad experience, including access to over 275,000 iPad-optimized...

At a Glance

Don't confuse the "mini" in "iPad mini" with "lite"--with the exception of a Retina display, this slimmed down iPad gives you the full iPad experience, including access to over 275,000 iPad-optimized apps, in a device that's about half the overall size and weight of the standard iPad. Retina-display purists will (justifiably) balk at the 1024-by-768-pixel screen, but I suspect that most people will be wowed enough by the iPad mini's other features, performance, design, and build quality to accept the screen for what it is--very good, but not Retina.

Price when rated: $329.00

Pros

  • Most of the full-size-iPad experience in a smaller, lighter package
  • All existing iPad apps run natively
  • Wireless capabilities and cameras on par with fourth-generation iPad
  • Very good performance
  • Incredibly solid construction and beautiful design

Cons

  • No Retina display
  • Some apps and websites feel a little cramped on the smaller screen
  • Landscape keyboard is too small for easy touch-typing
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