Apple's iPad Mini Is More Than Just a Smaller iPad

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2012-11-21 Print this article Print
This Is the iPad Mini

This Is the iPad Mini

You'll notice that the iPad Mini looks just like its larger brethren, with the same icons on the opening screen. Everything is just a little smaller. Looking at the front of the tablet, you'll see the Home button on the left and the front camera on the right. This iPad Mini has the (Product) Red Smart Cover attached.


To suggest that the iPad Mini is just a shrunken iPad isn't exactly correct. While it is an iPad, and it does have a smaller screen, it has some of the features of the fourth-generation iPad and some features from the iPad 2. The result is a hybrid tablet that's smaller, thinner and lighter than other iPads, but that has the features such as a high-quality camera that records in high definition, and has Long Term Evolution (LTE) and global radios. Oh, and like the fourth-generation iPad, Siri comes with the iPad Mini. The smaller 7.9-inch display, light weight and broad feature set make this an ideal tablet for working with email, since you can thumb-type easily when the tablet is in portrait mode. The screen, despite sharing the iPad 2's 1024 by 768 resolution, appears sharp because the pixels are smaller. The iPad Mini performs well using both WiFi and LTE. One thing that users will have to become accustomed to is that the iPad Mini uses the new Lightning connector, which means their old USB docking cables won't work.


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