First Impressions and Hands-On With the iPad Mini

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The iPad mini is amazingly thin and light but not at all undersized. That’s the first impressions of reporters at Apple’s press event.

Reporters got their their first look at the iPad mini this morning, and the results are trickling in. Most emphasize how light and thin it is, and the quality of the build. And while it’s smaller than a regular iPad, it’s by no means tiny.

Here’s a sample of reporters’ first impressions:

Feel

TechCrunch:

“You’ll be amazed at how light and easy to hold it is.”

The Verge:

Like most Apple products, the build of the smaller tablet is excellent, easily surpassing the competition on the market. By comparison, the Nexus 7 and Fire HD feel like toys. Other manufacturers are going to have to up their game with this product in town. It’s just a striking difference in materials and solidness.

Screen

The Verge:

The display on the mini looks incredibly sharp, and even though the resolution is lower than the 3rd and 4th generation full-size iPad, it doesn’t immediately seem like a 1024 x 768 display.

Performance

Anandtech:

In terms of performance, there’s a pretty noticeable difference between the A5 in the iPad mini and the A6X in the 4th gen iPad as you’d expect. I do wish that Apple had brought the A6 to the mini, however something has to give in pursuit of the lower price point.

Videos

And here are a couple of videos from The Verge.