Reviewers have had the iPad Mini and the iPad 4 in their hands for just over a week now. This should have been more than enough time for them to take a good look at the devices and tell us what they think about them. The majority of them agree that they like the iPad Mini. However one thing that they do miss from it is the Retina display.
So what about the iPad 4? Well most of them say that the device is fast, but if you have the iPad 3, it may not be worth making the upgrade. Both of the devices have done well with pre-orders and so people will be anxiously waiting for them to arrive. So for now here is what the techies say about the two devices.
iPad 4 review roundup
CNET: The latest iPad adds several tweaks and improvements to secure its position at the top of the tablet heap. It’s better all around, but third-gen owners need not apply.
The Verge: The fourth-generation iPad is the very definition of an iterative change: Apple made important things better, but neither overhauled nor revolutionized anything…. For now, if you’re within your return window you should probably swap for the newest iPad, but if not? Rest assured you’re not really missing that much. Not yet, at least.
Slashgear: Day to day, there’s not a significant difference in usability. By its third generation, the iPad was already smooth and showed little in the way of lag, and that same polish is evident here on the A6X powered model. There isn’t the obvious swell in performance that we’ve seen before in, say, stepping from the first-gen iPad to the second, however.
iPad Mini review roundup
USA Today: Despite a few quibbles and strong competitors in the space, the Mini is a splendid choice for folks who held off buying an iPad because it was too large or too expensive.
CNET said: If you want the full, polished Apple tablet experience in a smaller package, the iPad Mini is worth the premium price. Otherwise, good alternatives are available for less money.
The New York Times : Sadly, the Mini doesn’t gain Apple’s supercrisp Retina display. Nobody’s going to complain about the sharpness — it packs in 163 pixels per inch (ppi) — but it’s not the same jaw-dropping resolution as the big iPad (264 ppi). Gotta hold something back for next year’s model, right?
TechCrunch: The iPad Mini isn’t perfect — for one reason in particular (more on that below) — but it’s damn close to my ideal device. In my review of the Nexus 7 (which I really liked, to the shock of many), I kept coming back to one thing: the form factor. Mix this with iOS and Apple’s app ecosystem and the intangibles I spoke about earlier and the iPad Mini is an explosion of handheld joy.
Overall, the Mini gives you all the iPad goodness in a more manageable size, and it’s awesome. You could argue that the iPad Mini is what the iPad always wanted to be.