"Nicely Sized, But A Bit Pricey For Its Class"3.0 starson by thisistheslam
Pros: smaller form factor make the iPad mini a better portable device than its bigger brother, doesn't feel slow or choppy, looks good as always
Cons: limited by iOS platform, no good for real productivity, not as high end as some Apple products are when introduced
Summary: The iPad Mini makes total sense and no sense to me at the same time. It shrinks the iPad design down and becomes a fantastic mobile solution for those wishing to be entertained and socially connected while on the go. However, the same thing can be said for the iPad and all the other mobile OS' out there and their tablets. I will say the iPad Mini has the most consistent performance out of all of the 8" and lower tablets, but it isn't a total hit for me. I owned a Nexus 7 up until recently, and I'll take the iPad mini over it, but with Windows tablets coming in the same size, I'll be hard pressed to understand why I'd pay $330 for a 16GB tablet that does the same thing all the other tablets have done for the past several years. That, to me, makes this a good product, but one with obvious boundaries. Until iOS is updated, an iPad will just be an iPad, and not the convenient mobile computer that Microsoft and OEMs pushing Windows 8 are going for. That, to me, is a deal breaker that will have increasing weight going forward. If you're an all-Apple user/family, this would make sense. But if you've already got an iPad, why bother with another one? Maybe for kids, but it's still the most expensive thing in the ARM world that is a smaller-sized tablet. I just can't get excited about it like I did with other tablets of the past.