You cannot just use a single word to judge iPad mini. It’s a sign of Apple’s stagnant innovation of the past two years. They still make the finest consumer electronics in my book and they have always been work hard to create wonders. The iPad mini is fantastic. It may not be revolutionary, but it’s possibly my favorite Apple product since the day I got my iPhone 3GS.
What makes the iPad mini great is that Apple has once again proven that specs are bullshit. The iPad mini does not look great on paper. It’s got a slow processor, a bad display, and well, just looks like a last generation product. But once you hold this beauty, you realize that this is nothing but perfect.
Everyone that touches my iPad mini falls in love with it. Even people that had no interest in the gadgets I purchase were instantly attracted by its tiny aluminum body. There’s something about this device that just makes you want to hold it and I’ve had to pry it out of people’s hands to get it back.
The display is what matters most in a device like this – it’s where you live. So it makes it unfortunate that the mini doesn’t have a Retina display. The 1024×768 panel isn’t horrible, but it’s not perfect. I find the colors to be a bit dull and it seems to be more reflective than the iPhone 5 or Retina iPad. The glass is also a thinner than the other iPads so it gives a little when you press on it. But after a while, you begin to forget these things and just focus on the content. If you’re really into the book you’re reading, you don’t think about what paper it’s printed on.
I guess the most exciting change with the mini is how Apple has created a seamless meeting of glass and aluminum. Every phone and tablet I have seen a plastic ring around the glass. One of the benefits of this design is that it adds a buffer so if the metal edge were to be dented, the glass could be protected. Having this seamless junction also means that tolerances must be perfect, as glass is a much less forgiving material than plastic. I wonder how the mini will be worse off in light drops but this reduction of parts does look beautiful. Sometimes a bit of danger is sexy.
iPad mini, Retina iPad and the first generation iPad. Apple calls the iPad mini a “concentration of, not a reduction of” the 9.7” iPad. I’ve got to agree with them here. And as the iPad has been becoming increasingly concentrated, I’ve been using it more. I don’t even think screen size is the driving force here, it’s the reduction of mass and therefore weight. The thing I do most on my iPad is read and browse the web (which I’m guessing are the most popular uses for the device), and the Retina iPad was simply too heavy to read for hours in bed with.
Performance on the iPad mini is really snappy. I’ve “downgraded” from a Retina iPad and not once did I feel that the mini was inadequate in horsepower. I don’t really play games on the iPad mini so I’m not sure about its graphics capabilities but for everything else, you won’t notice a thing. This photo also does a good job of showing an accurate representation of the “Slate” colored iPad mini. The device really comes in two colors, silver and navy. I like this tint but if you’re not a fan of blue, keep in mind that Apple doesn’t actually sell a “black” mini.
The best analogy I can make to the iPad mini is the new Porsche Boxster. The Boxster is a brilliant roadster that’s fun, well executed and is a fantastic looking thing. It’s also the cheapest and smallest Porsche you can get, at a surprisingly “affordable” price at under $50,000. And because the Boxster has a rather modest 265hp, you’ll make use of every horse you are given – which I find more fun than being overpowered by the car. Despite this, there are many people that will make fun of you if you get this car. Most will still call it a poor-man’s Porsche. Well, here’s the thing: The Boxster is without a question an amazing car. And so is the iPad mini. Sometimes you don’t need to get the biggest thing with the best specs. Sometimes less is more, and the iPad mini has proven it to me.
I am enjoying my life with iPad mini, and the small gadget just makes my life more colorful. Recently I even learnt how to backup iPad mini with a tool called iPhone Data Recovery. There seems to be more things for me to do since iPad mini came to my life.