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I recently upgraded my personal tablet to a Microsoft Surface (need Powerpoint on the go). I also have an IPad 2 which I use infrequently.

I picked up an IPad Mini for my wife (as she uses my IPad 2 quite a bit). After picking it up and playing with it for a few hours, I may just keep it and give her the IPad 2.

This thing is light (lighter than a Nexus 7) and has a crazy battery life. It may not be able to compete with the Tegra 3 for sheer horsepower, but for most usage I think it will be great. I transferred over my AVPlayerHD app and ran some hi res mkv files on it and they look fantastic.

My biggest beef with Apple devices is of course storage limitations (which is why both my IPad 2 and IPad Mini are 64GB models). This is my only beef with the device.

The screen is excellent for reading and video, the narrow bezels on the sides aside from adding screen real estate really make e-reading a pleasure on it.

I don't think Apple ever intended to have it compete directly against the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7 (I had a Nexus 7 for two days and returned it, very unimpressed).

Also I am actually glad it does not have a retina display. I prefer longer battery life (and this tablet has it in spades).

I am by no means an Apple fan (quite the opposite actually) but they have done a good thing with the IPad Mini. I wouldn't have bought the larger IPad (my IPad 2 was a birthday present last year) but this device is a real pleasure to use.

Nice as well that there were half a dozen different case options available immediately (still going to order another case off Amazon).

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Edited by Robilar - 11/21/12 at 1:44pm
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Nice. While you're at it, maybe you should just write up a user review? A few things I'd like to know about:
Gaming performance with the following titles:
Dead Trigger
Shadowgun
Dead Space 2
Mass Effect Infiltrator

How well the browser operates with more than 5 tabs open.

How it feels to use a finger for drawing and possibly typing notes?

Also could you send some emails and tell me how it feels to thumb type in portrait mode?

I'm in the market for a tablet and the Nexus 7 was told to me to be too small for text books but I'm considering the iPad Mini as it looks like it has almost as much screen space as its big brother.
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I plan to add some more feedback here and possibly a review. I've been mucking around with it for a couple of hours and so far, I like it a great deal better than I did the Nexus 7. The only Android tablet that is comparable is my Toshiba AT270 7.7"
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Can you use an external storage for this like OTG for the Nexus 7?
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If you get a new tablet, and your wife gets the old one...she will know what is up. I suggest you sell your iPad 2 and buy her a brand new mini for Christmas lol thumb.gif
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Can you use an external storage for this like OTG for the Nexus 7?

There is a compatible external drive/adapter for the Apple IPads. Not sure if they have released a lightning connector version yet.


One thing to note, be careful which case you buy. Because the bezels on the sides are so slim, the first case I bought actually overlapped onto the screen slightly and made it tough to touch buttons on the edges.

Good news is there are lots of cases that work fine and the narrow side bezels are actually one of my favorite features.

If you look at the pic of this case, you can see the edges overlapping the sides of the screen. Many of the cases I looked at are designed the same way and will be a problem.

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Here is the case I switched to ($10 at Pacific Mall). It's ok for now but not as sturdy as I would like.

Also pics of the Casecrown case I ordered from Amazon.

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Now having had a few days to play with the IPad Mini I have decided to keep it biggrin.gif

Setting aside the insane battery life (best of any stand alone tablet currently) or the fact that it weighs less than a Nexus 7 (with a bigger screen), it simply is the best tablet I have ever used. I have much love for my other tablets (Samsung 7" Tab 7.0+ and Toshiba AT270. IPad 2) but this thing is simply awesome.

Videos look amazing, Netflix is fantastic on it. For reading Stanza is actually a pretty cool reading app. I wish it picked up series metadata like Coolreader does but I have to admit it is much more stable.

Every reading app I have used for Android (and I have used most of the main ones) has at least once and frequently more than once crashed or glitched in some way; Coolreader my favorite, at one point crashed on one of my tablets for no discernable reason and necessitated a reload. Same thing happened with Aldiko a few times. Plus I have had minor and major headaches with Android tablets. I had my Toshiba tablet reading app crash while I was on vacation in Barcelona in August. No reading for the last 4 days there. Frustrating...

Even my Toshiba AT270 (which is hands down the best sub 10" Android tablet made to date) had odd quirks to it that drove me nuts on occasion.

Web browsing on the Mini is great; it is exactly the right size and format to fit pages in a readable style. I found my Android tablets being much more narrow always impacted web pages in funny ways often requiring multi direction scrolling.

I do have to clarify that I am not a gamer on tablets. I play chess, crosswords, sudoku etc and as such cannot comment on Apple devices vs. Android for high resource games. I do watch a fair amount of video and find the Mini to be excellent even with larger MKV files (make sure you have an older version of video player apps as Apple is currently in a lawsuit with Dolby. All AC3 support has been pulled from video playback apps). I use AVPlayerHD (the older version with AC3 support intact) and it runs 7GB files without a hiccup.

Having come from multiple Android devices (and owning an IPad 2), I am pleased to say that I have officially gotten on the Mini train...

In case anyone is curious what apps I use:

Google for browser (I use google plus in conjunction with my gmail account so it's handy)
Stanza for reading (IBooks is moderately horrible)
AVPlayerHD for video (again make sure it's AC3 supported. This app has hardware decoding)
Netflix
Kindle App (For my Amazon book purchases) Handy despite being a Canadian .Amazon digital books are cheaper than Chapters here in Canada.
PDF Max Pro
Scanner Pro (amazing app for using camera as a scanner)
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DocsToGo
Office2 HD
Pages
Ignition
IMDB
Linkedin
A few assorted games

On a side note, despite there being a fairly large selection of cases available, I don't really like any of the ones I have tried or seen. Looking forward to my Casecrown arriving. I have the same case style for my Samsung and IPad 2 and love it.
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I myself have been looking at getting a 7" tablet for personal use, but can't seem to find one I like, I was thinking of getting the iPad Mini (Same as Rob I'm by no means an apple fan) because it seems to have the most features that I would be using, my girlfriend has a Nexus 7, she loves it, but I can't seem to use it for some reason, and everyone I speak with says the Nexus 7 is the way to go....Hmmm, Rob you may have swayed me into getting an iPad mini!


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Mate, go play with one at Staples or Future Shop. they now have them on display. Trust me, mucking around with it for a few minutes and you will be sold.

I didn't even blink at the price. I have no issue paying for a quality device that works exactly as it should. thumb.gif
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Murder Box II
(18 items)
 
Home PC
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 6800K Asus X99-A II Zotac 1080Ti AMP Extreme Edition G. Skill Trident Z - 32GB/ 3200Hz/CL14/Quad  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Sandisk Extreme Pro 480GB Corsair H100i V2 - w/ML120 Pro Fans Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Acer Z35P 1440P G-Sync 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Aulid Delux T9+ Mech / Logitech K360 EVGA Supernova G2 1000W Corsair 450D Mionix Naos 7000 
Mouse PadAudioAudioOther
Perixx DX-3000LAL Aluminum Sound Blaster Z Logitech Z906 - 5.1 Maxnomic Commander S-III Gaming Chair 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel G3440 Asus B85M-E/CSM EVGA GTX 950 Patriot Viper 3 - 2x8GB 1600hz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung EVO 850 - 500GB + 4TB/3TB x 2/2TB WD Green LG CH12LS28 Bluray Scythe Big Shuriken 2 w/Corsair SP120 Fan Windows 10 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 75" TV.... GooBang Doo MX3 Corsair CX430 V2 NMEDIAPC HTPC 6000B w/ Pro LCD Module 
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