Apple’s iPad mini, a device that has been met with skepticism across the board due to its “high” starting price of $329, impressed nearly everyone who reviewed it. Various reviewers noted the lack of a “retina” display as the only downside to the tablet, but the screen is still much-improved over the iPad 2 in terms of color reproduction and brightness.
Other than the non-retina display, reviewers praised the device’s form factor, with CNet going so far as to say the iPad mini is “the perfect size.” Joshua Topolsky over at The Verge has a great conclusion to his review:
And it does raise the floor here. There’s no tablet in this size range that’s as beautifully constructed, works as flawlessly, or has such an incredible software selection. Would I prefer a higher-res display? Certainly. Would I trade it for the app selection or hardware design? For the consistency and smoothness of its software, or reliability of its battery? Absolutely not. And as someone who’s been living with (and loving) Google’s Nexus 7 tablet for a few months, I don’t say that lightly.