Reviews of the iPad mini
My two favorite reviews of the iPad mini were by Jim Dalrymple and John Gruber. Jim has this to say:
Anything that is simply shrunk down or scaled up feels amateurish. The iPad mini feels like an iPad, it’s something you can have fun with and accomplish tasks on.
I think a lot of people were skeptical about this device because it’s just a “shrunk down iPad”. But I knew that Apple wouldn’t release a product that didn’t meet a certain need and could stand on its own.
John says this:
It’s really light and easy to hold one-handed. The hardware design – chamfered edges, less tapered back, metal rather than plastic buttons – strikes me as better, more elegant, than that of the full-size iPad 3/4. But it’s disappointing to go non-retina after using the retina iPad for the last seven months. All of the accolades and advantages of retina displays work in reverse. I adore the size and form factor of the iPad Mini, but I also adore the retina display on my full-size iPad. My ideal iPad would be a Mini with a retina display.
The lack of a Retina display is disappointing, but having never owned a Retina iPad makes me feel confident that I could survive without it.
The iPad mini really interests me. I’m not sure that I would purchase one, but I really want to get my hands on it and play around to see how it could fit into my life.