I'm typing this on my 16gb black mini that I picked up yesterday morning. I love the iPad app for this forum it is excellent and very clean and concise.
- impressions after 2 days use -
Let's get fresh out of the package impressions out of the way, next to my iPhone 5 this is one of the most beautifully constructed pieces of hardware apple has ever created. They blow me away more and more with each product they release. The iPad mini is incredibly light and thin, and its slate black backside meets the screen with a diamond cut similar to the iPhone 5. The device can be held in portrait or landscape with one hand, leaving you're other hand free to type or swipe around the perfectly sized screen. You really need to feel one in your hands to truly understand how brilliant it feels and how amazingly elegant it is to use. I have found myself immediately picking up my mini for tasks that would have previously gone to my iPhone 5. The battery life easily matches apples claims and the 250k apps for iPad run on the mini without a hitch. The screen is quite obviously NOT retina display, and it is definitely apparent after using a retina display iPhone for years. Aside from text. the movies, games, and photos do look great. The non-retina display is not a deal breaker to me though as this is mainly with smaller text and the portability, ease of use, and beautifully rigid construction outweigh the resolution to make this now my go to device at home and other wi-if spots. Besides that my amazing iPhone 5 will foot the bill elsewhere.
- Overall rating so far -
8.5/10 - Apples iPad mini is meticulously designed and plays just like the apple devices you know and love. The light weight, sturdy build quality, and perfectly sized screen come together to create an awesome iPad period. It fits my needs well and would be perfect with retina and an A6 processor. Until then this little guy packs a big wallop.