New York Times Says iPad Mini is “By Far the Best iPad.â€

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    The New York Times’ Nick Bilton gives the iPad mini a glowing review in the Bits blog today, even going so far as to say that it is Apple’s best iPad yet, “by far.†Bilton heaps Apple’s smallest tablet with praise, saying that it is now what he refers to as his “Desert Island Device,†meaning that it has now taken over from his iPhone as being the one device that he would take to a desert island. Despite being initially sceptical and, he says, rolling his eyes at Apple’s marketing of the new tablet, after using it for two weeks, he is now completely won over by the iPad mini. He even says that it is Apple’s best tablet, by enthusing that it is “the best tablet and reading device anyone has ever made.†Bilton says that what places the iPad mini in this exalted position is the fact that it is “truly portable,†and can fit in most jacket pockets (or handbags). Bilton even dismisses concerns about the iPad mini’s display quality as “completely irrelevant.â€[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]Source:[/FONT] The iPad Mini, Perfect for My Desert Island - NYTimes.com
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    Wow. I almost agree with him. I have to admit, though, I'm in love with mine. We still need to keep the pressure on Apple to add a retina screen.

    And, IMO, if they can beef up the internals and keep the lightness, then the original 9.7-inch iPad is a goner. :)

    This kind of sums it up for me:



    Now this is worrying me a little bit:

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    Nick Bilton is an idiot and obviously doesn't read comics or enjoy a good size screen for movies. FAIL :thumbsdown:
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    Thanks for posting those, the first one is excellent!

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    There is a better version of the second one, by this husband and wife team, but I couldn't find it.
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    I have no interest in a small tablet. I don't care what the NY times tells me, the screen is too small for a laptop replacement, and that is what my tablet is.

    End of story.
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    Have to agree with you here.
    I use the iPad3 to pass the time in my taxi whilst waiting on the ranks. A smaller screen is of no use to me. A have an iPhone if I want a smaller screen.


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    I like screens of all sizes, which is why I own a variety. I don't need a reviewer to tell me what's the "best," because I know what my preferences and priorities are, and he doesn't.
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    It's too small for an only tablet!!! If I get one for Xmas or win it in a contest I won't turn it down lol. I am not going to buy one.


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    Nice post!
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    I agree. The only advantage the iPad mini has is its size and slightly extra portability. Sure, to some people that's the most important thing but it ain't for everyone. Many of us have a minimum screen size that we find acceptable. No way it's the best iPad yet. The latest generation fills I've iPad outperforms the mini by a large margin. And the display is a no brainer. Just saying. As I sit here with my totally outdated iPad 2 ;)
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    For me it is a waste of $$$. Heavy book readers will probably love this size as it easily fits into a purse or nap sack (or whatever you carry around). OR you can usemit as a very large iPod. But if I get it as a gift I wouldn't turn it down lol.


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    Agree almightily! I absolutely love my iPad 3 but if they bought out that 13 incher that I am quietly imagining, I would still be proud to have an iPad and at a size that would really suit me. But, hey, that's just some wishful thinking!
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    Outperforms how? People don't run benchmarks...the mini runs all software destined for iPad.....albeit at lower resolution....and given that is weighs less than half what the regular iPad weighs, its usability is higher. If/when it get the retina, it will be THE iPad to have.

    The whole screen size argument for a tablet doesn't hold much weight in my mind. We all use tiny phones....even the mini is several times larger. And no tablet is really a good experience for watching movies.
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    I'm not a heavy book reader though I am a heavy reader. The only advantage of the larger iPad is its screen, but even I can live without it. The screen isn't that much smaller either, but try holding the regular iPad in your hands for even an hour.....it's too heavy. And I can read the screen just fine....I have it sitting in my lap right now outside my doctors office while waiting for them to open. I guess if one has vision issues that might be an issue....but I read just fine at this distance....even without retina.
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    Weight is a factor for me only on the go, which is why I got a Samsung Galaxy Note 5" phablet nearly a year before mini iPad came out. For me, the Note is more portable. At home, weight isn't a factor, because I use a stand. (My absolute favorite: Amazon.com: LEVO Deluxe iPad Floor Stand for all iPads Galaxy Xoom Nook and Other eBooks and Tablets: Electronics.)
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    I've been test driving the Mini at my local Apple store since it arrived. Don't have enough green on hand at the moment but it's my next tablet.
    If my iPad 2 burns or I chose to retire and gift it, I'll opt for a mini - especially for its "incredible lightness of being." ;)

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    I love my iPad mini, it's great for reading books and the size is perfect for out-of-the-house use. However, I have to agree with other posters here in that screen size and weight depend entirely on personal taste. My next Apple device will be the iPad 4.
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    Good points here! Next....will be....iPad 4. You may need to be quick or you'll end up with the iPad 5 :D
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    If I owned all three, and by that I mean iPhone, iPad mini and iPad, I would leave the iPad at home most of the time as its just too heavy. Ask me the same question in a years time when an iPad weighs the same as a mini and is half as thick, I might give you a different answer.

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