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Anandtech reviews are the only ones I trust.
This. Anandtech is great. I want to see WiFi performance and battery life performance. The latter seems pretty good in this review.
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So there are tablets with better hardware at better prices, and Engadget downplays them because they have a "discount feel"? What a load. Engadget needs to realize that tablets don't need to be luxury items that are crafted using processes and materials that nobody knew about until Apple started doing them. They're tablets. This is par for Apple's course. Why act like it's so much better than the competition when they barely do anything to say how, and even admit other tablets are better values with better screens?

Processes and materials that nobody knew about? Like what aluminum? The iPad Mini is thinner, lighter, has better battery life, premium build quality, and a larger screen which is better for web browsing than either the Nexus or the Kindle Fire HD to go along with 275,000 apps designed for tablet specific use instead of Android's lacking scaled phone versions and that's why not just Engadget but the majority of the reviews for the iPad Mini so far have been very positive towards the device.

Coming from someone with a CaseLabs case and Ducky keyboard your opinion seems to fly in the face of the point you're trying to make because there are plenty of people that feel computer cases and keyboards don't need to be luxury items that are crafted using processes and materials they're not used to seeing used by competing products for far less money.
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Processes and materials that nobody knew about? Like what aluminum? The iPad Mini is thinner, lighter, has better battery life, premium build quality, and a larger screen which is better for web browsing than either the Nexus or the Kindle Fire HD to go along with 275,000 apps designed for tablet specific use instead of Android's lacking scaled phone versions and what's why the majority of the reviews for the iPad Mini so far have been very positive.
I'm pointing out what's wrong with the review, not what's wrong with the iPad Mini. There are merits and downsides to it and the competition. I was probably thinking of something else in terms of materials, but they definitely pimped new processes in cutting and refining the casing and fitting the screen into it during the keynote and on their website. I'm not discounting what's right with the iPad, but I don't see what good a larger screen does for it when it doesn't come with superior resolution. The tradeoff with that is it varies from person to person as to which is better for everyday use. Like DuckieHo's sig says, resolution, not screen size. This isn't just for monitors, it's a valid point for phones and tablets, too. There's no tradeoff if you have higher resolutions to go with a larger screen. This isn't comparing the Mini to the bigger iPads, only to other brands.
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When it comes down to hardware, it's almost no contest between the two, with the iPad mini clearly winning out -- except in one area. That's the display. The Nexus 7 has a higher-resolution panel that's also 16:9, making it better for movie watching. It's also narrower, and thus easier to hold in your hand.


Wait what? The Nexus 7 has twice the cores, twice the ram, and twice the storage space. I'd hardly call that winning the hardware battle for the iPad.
    
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When it comes down to hardware, it's almost no contest between the two, with the iPad mini clearly winning out -- except in one area. That's the display. The Nexus 7 has a higher-resolution panel that's also 16:9, making it better for movie watching. It's also narrower, and thus easier to hold in your hand.


Wait what? The Nexus 7 has twice the cores, twice the ram, and twice the storage space. I'd hardly call that winning the hardware battle for the iPad.

To Apple fanboys, good hardware is hardware that is thin, light, shiny, and has a ton of buzzwords attached to it. It's often made using some ridiculously unnecessary process that no one really cares about.
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I'm pointing out what's wrong with the review, not what's wrong with the iPad Mini. There are merits and downsides to it and the competition. I'm not discounting what's right with the iPad, but I don't see what good a larger screen does for it when it doesn't come with superior resolution. The tradeoff with that is it varies from person to person as to which is better for everyday use. Like DuckieHo's sig says, resolution, not screen size. This isn't just for monitors, it's a valid point for phones and tablets, too. There's no tradeoff if you have higher resolutions to go with a larger screen. This isn't comparing the Mini to the bigger iPads, only to other brands.

I agree that a retina screen in the iPad Mini would of been great to have to go along with the larger 4:3 aspect 7.9" screen but what would of happened to the rest of the specs? An A5 isn't going to drive a retina display which means they would of had to use the A5X or A6X. Then the battery life would of been horrible which means the design would have to completely change making it noticeably thicker and heavier so that it could hold a larger battery. Changing the resolution now would also break compatibility with all of the current iPad apps which is one of the strongest selling points for the iPad and Apple obviously felt with this being a first gen device that day 1 app compatibility currently outweighed the benefit of a retina display for the average Apple consumer.
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Regarding the "review".... lachen.gif
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What a horrible "review". Most of it was the author saying "IT'S SO SHINY IT'S SO SHINY IT'S SO SHINY IT'S SO SHINY it's slow IT'S SO SHINY IT'S SO SHINY IT'S SO SHINY the screen isn't great IT'S SO SHINY IT'S SO SHINY" and not comparing it in any way whatsoever to its competition besides repeating that it's better somehow.

Fangadget in a nutshell. Gizmodo too.
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I'm pointing out what's wrong with the review, not what's wrong with the iPad Mini. There are merits and downsides to it and the competition. I'm not discounting what's right with the iPad, but I don't see what good a larger screen does for it when it doesn't come with superior resolution. The tradeoff with that is it varies from person to person as to which is better for everyday use. Like DuckieHo's sig says, resolution, not screen size. This isn't just for monitors, it's a valid point for phones and tablets, too. There's no tradeoff if you have higher resolutions to go with a larger screen. This isn't comparing the Mini to the bigger iPads, only to other brands.

I agree that a retina screen in the iPad Mini would of been great to have to go along with the larger 4:3 aspect 7.9" screen but what would of happened to the rest of the specs? An A5 isn't going to drive a retina display which means they would of had to use the A5X or A6X. Then the battery life would of been horrible which means the design would have to completely change making it noticeably thicker and heavier so that it could hold a larger battery. Changing the resolution now would also break compatibility with all of the current iPad apps which is one of the strongest selling points for the iPad and Apple obviously felt with this being a first gen device that day 1 app compatibility currently outweighed the benefit of a retina display for the average Apple consumer.

If the A6 fits in a 4" device I don't see why it can't fit in a 7.9" device.

And I personally dislike unreasonably thin mobile devices. I like feeling the back of the device in my palm, rather than having to balance the thing between my thumb and my other fingers with its razor-like edges digging into my skin. I like being able to tell whether the device is still actually in my pocket or not. Maybe that's just me.
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meh

I preordered one. should be getting it by thursday according to UPS, a whole day early if they don't honor the official release date like they with my dad's iPad 3.
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one of the most BIAS POS review i've read in a while.

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