First Impression: iPad mini

Posted by Mark

Xcite dropped off the new iPad mini for me to play around with earlier today and I’m honestly surprised that I like it. I really wasn’t interested in the iPad mini when it was first announced and didn’t think it made sense until I took it out of the box and held it in my hands. Now I’m wondering if there is a purpose for the regular sized iPad. The new iPad mini feels a lot lighter and slimmer than my now huge iPad 3 and I really LOVE the black anodized aluminum finish on the back.

Once I downloaded Zinio and the latest issue of Backpacker Magazine I realized why I’d rather have my iPad 3 over the mini. The problem with most of the magazines on Zinio is that they were originally intended for print in sizes similar to that of the regular iPad. Since the iPad mini is smaller, all the text in the magazines become smaller as well and makes it a lot more difficult to read. The fact the iPad mini doesn’t have a retina display isn’t helping its case either.

But for a first impression, other than the issue I would have reading magazines on it the iPad mini does make sense. I’ve stopped carrying my iPad when I travel and instead have been carrying my 13″ MacBook Air and my Kindle because it didn’t make sense to carry iPad 3 and MacBook Air at the same time. If I had the iPad mini on the other hand I wouldn’t mind taking it along since it wouldn’t be adding that much weight or size.

If you want to check out the iPad mini yourself, Xcite have them on display right now at their Avenues and Al Rai locations.


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  1. aaa says:

    The problem is that iPad mini occupies a really weird niche. Like if you want a 7 inch tablet there are loads of $200 ones, if you want a 10 inch tablet the new iPads have a higher resolution and more processing power.

    Also they kept the iPad 2 resolution so that stuff would be compatible but the pixels per inch change since it’s smaller and it’s not gonna work out as smoothly as they thought

  2. Wiyahom says:

    by now they can only choose between two resolutions retina or none retina . but if they choose retina the size will be much bigger, heavier and cost too much so they stayed with none retina and tweaked it a bit.
    but the price should be less than 329$ to me
    i need to try it thought

  3. dougmacho says:

    i thought you had a galaxy tab too?

    • Mark says:

      Yeah but I literally just use it to play movies. I don’t think I’ve ever seen how the browser looks like or anything else. I don’t even consider it a tablet more like my media player.

  4. Nasser says:

    Hey Mark,

    Any idea on the price?

  5. ProZ says:

    So Mark,
    iPad mini, iPad or Kindle ??
    what would you prefer?

  6. Ahmed says:

    Don’t worry, They’ll make an iPad Mini 2 soon ;]

  7. Jimmy Kimmel says:

    Jimmy Kimmel Mocks the iPad Mini, Other Apple Products:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/iPad-Mini-Apple-iPod-Jimmy,18899.html

  8. Suad says:

    Mark, a question…

    Why does xcite believe that we care what you think?

    The question is do we really care?

    I don’t…

    lets take a vote! Could you do a voting system or something?

  9. Ali Sleeq says:

    I’ll wait for the iPad Mini S.

  10. Karim says:

    Im waiting for the Microsoft Surface…I guess it will kick all the competitors out

  11. 3ali il yousifi says:

    is that a sebastian buemi? ;)


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