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Hands on with the iPad mini

Dan Moren and Jason Snell | Oct. 25, 2012
The iPad mini doesn’t arrive in stores until November 2, but we got to spend some time with one on Tuesday after Apple’s media event at the California Theater in San Jose. Our conclusion: Yes, it’s a small iPad—but there’s more (and less) to it than that. Here are our hands-on impressions.

Smart Cover mini

The iPad mini we tried came with an additional product: an iPad mini Smart Cover. In general, this accessory worked more or less like the full-sized iPad Smart Cover. Its metal hinge has been replaced by one thats covered in the same material as the cover, so the design is a bit more cohesive. It was easy to snap on and off, and is so small that it adds very little bulk or weight to the already-small iPad mini.

In general, were somewhat skeptical about cases for devices as small and light as the iPad mini, but the Smart Cover seems to be a good match for its device. Paired together, it feels like youre carrying a small paper notebook in your hand. A bulkier case would mask the thinness and lightness of the device.

And now, we wait

If you think the iPad mini is just a small iPad, well, youd be right. But it really needs to be seen to be understood. Its tiny, light, and has great fit and finish. Its screen is good, but most definitely not of Retina quality. When you see one, and hold one, youll know if you want one. Wed direct you to your nearest Apple Store to check one out for yourself...but until November 2, you wont be able to.

 

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