Good review, just to expensive for what you get though
"the new iPad mini isn’t priced to compete. It’s priced into a category of its own"
A high priced place where Apple seems to be most comfortable.
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Can't say I disagree with that but you do get a higher-end device for the dollars.
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I don't understand why they can't put a GPS and micro SD slot in these things. I was hoping for a GPS in the 5th Gen Touch, seriously looking at the EVGA Tegra Note.
re: "I don't understand why they can't put a GPS and micro SD slot in these things"
Choose a cellular model ($130 additional) and you get the GPS. If you connect with t-mobile, you also get 200 megabytes of data a month at no charge... and it is good to have data availability if you want GPS, because many GPS programs use real-time internet connectivity for things like traffic rerouting and POI location.
My quibble with the review is that it keeps talking about the Mini as a 7" tablet, comparing it to Google Nexus, etc. It is a 7.9" tablet, which is essentially 8". It does not functionally compete with 7" Androids, it competes with the more expensive 8" Androids. It has almost 40% more display area than a 7" Android tablet, it's an enormous difference. I use Android as well. I find their 7" models too small. But unlike the 7" models, I find the iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 both comfortable to use. Anything smaller, I'd just use it in a more limited fashion and stick with a phone or iPod Touch at that point.
Dave_HH:Can't say I disagree with that but you do get a higher-end device for the dollars.
iDevices are elegant and highly functional too. But many of us are forced into buying less expensive devices because of that high price.
It's lucky that other devices are getting to be so darn good.
My iPad second gen is still functioning after being dropped onto some bricks and now has a cracked screen. It still works, but it's cheaper to buy another brand than it is to fix the iPad.
Here's how the screen stacks up
We've corrected this review and downgraded the rating to HotHardware "Approved" due to cost and limitations in RAM and expansion.
I bought my retina Mini and am happy with it. I don’t use it while comparing my screen constantly to the various metrics published on the web. I ran the image retention text on a Marco Arment's web page, and didn’t see anything on my device that concerned me. The retina screen is nicer that I expected it to be, and I am happy with how I spent my money.
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