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With a 7.9" screen, the iPad Mini, as the name implies, is the smallest version of its iPad family. Available in both Wi-Fi and cellular models, the iPad Mini has a 7.9" screen with the same high-definition resolution screen as the iPad 2, but no Retina display. The Mini is also available with the same storage capacities as previous models -- 16GB, 32GB and 64GB sizes.

The Mini comes with both video and still HD cameras. The FaceTime HD camera provides 720p video chatting capabilities. The rear camera is 5MP and has auto focus and face-detection abilities. The rear camera also can record videos at 1080p.

The Mini provides access to nearly 300,000 iPad-specific apps available in the App Store. Cellular coverage is available through Sprint, Verizon and AT&T.


(Prices as of 03/1/2013)
Apple iPad Mini (16GB, Wi-Fi) Apple iPad Mini (32GB, Wi-Fi) Apple iPad Mini (64GB, Wi-Fi) Apple iPad Mini (16GB, Wi-Fi & cellular) Apple iPad Mini (32GB, Wi-Fi & cellular) Apple iPad Mini (64GB, Wi-Fi & cellular) Source
$330$430$530$460$560$660Best Buy

Additional Costs:

$30-$50Cover/carrying case
$20 Screen shield


DimensionsHeight: 7.87"
Width: 5.3"
Depth: 0.28"
Weight0.68 lb.
Screen Size7.9"
Battery LifeUp to 10 hours
ProcessorDual-core A5
App MarketApple App Store
Other FeaturesSiri
Uses Lightning connection instead of 30-pin connectors
Warranty1 year, limited

For manufacturer information about this product, go to Apple.

Best-Selling Paid Apps

1. WhatsApp Messenger$1
2. Toy Story: Smash it!$1
3. Minecraft - Pocket Edition$7
4. 8 Ball Pool$1
5. Clear Vision 2$1
(List as of 03/4/2013) Source: Apple

What People Are Saying:

The iPad Mini is small and light, easily fitting in one hand. But critics are not impressed with the screen, calling Apple out for not using the new, higher-quality Retina screen technology that was available with the third-generation iPad. The iPad Mini has the same screen as the iPad 2, one critics said lacked the brightness and crispness of Retina screens. In addition, the price is higher than competition from Amazon's Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook full-color, compact ereaders.
  • CNN: "The iPad Mini's biggest advantage is its simple operating system and well-stocked App Store. If someone opts to pay the higher price for an iPad Mini, they will do it for the brand and the ecosystem."
  • MacWorld: "Anyone accustomed to using an iOS device with a Retina display will immediately notice that the iPad mini doesn't have one: Pixels are clearly visible. The feeling is very much like looking at an iPhone 3GS. It's a good, bright screen, but if you're a Retina convert, you will not be pleased."
  • Associated Press: "The iPad Mini is perfectly sized to be stuffed in Christmas stockings."