The iPad Mini from Apple features a 7.9-inch IPS display, a dual core A5 processor and more for only $329. But what sets this tablet apart from its older brother, the iPad? Matt Mira and John Barrowman take a look.
What You Need To Know
The iPad Mini measures 5.3" by 7.8" tall and the whole thing weighs 0.68 pounds.
The tablet is also very thin as 0.28".
The design features an aluminum back.
The button layout is familiar if you've used an iPad in the past with a sleep/wake button, the volume rocker and the home button.
The real thing to know about this is that it's genuinely more comfortable to hold than other tablets on the market.
The screen's resolution is 1024x768, which sounds good until you realize the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD have higher resolutions and smaller screens.
If you have an iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 or the latest iPad with Retina Display, this screen will make you think you forgot your glasses somewhere.
The screen looks fuzzy and while the size does lend itself to reading, we didn't like reading on this particular screen.
Watching online videos was a better experience but the screen itself wasn't perfect for that either.
There's an issue with the aspect ratio, which isn't 16x9, so most of the new media you watch is going to be suffering from letterboxing.
However, the color reproduction and brightness is good.
The screen is the perfect size for surfing the web.
The iPad Mini uses Apple's A5 processor with 512 MB of RAM, which leaves us with a small version of the iPad 2.
The tablet runs iOS 6, which is a very good OS with a very bad navigation and map application.
The 5 megapixel camera shoots 1080p HD video and a front camera for Facetime, both of which worked very well.
The nice thing about the size of the iPad Mini is that you won't look as ridiculous as you normally would when trying to take photos.
Facetime is actually better on this sized device because it's light and more mobile.
The picture resolution will appear to be better than the larger screen on the iPad, but this isn't the same overall.