iPad Mini. First impressions
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iPad Mini. First impressions

iPad MiniI dropped into my local Apple Store at Fairview Pointe-Claire this morning to find their stock of iPad Mini’s sold out in less than two hours…no one could give me a number sold though. It is also sold out at the online store  in Canada and the US which are now offering 2 week shipping. So, I had to settle with playing with Apple’s latest iToy tethered to the counter.

My impression is that it is a nice size, really thin and light. It feels solidly sort of reminded me of an iPod Touch on steroids which, based on what I read about what is inside is pretty close to the truth. The screen is the same resolution as an iPad 2 but it looks sharper because of the smaller amount of screen space. Don’t hold it next to a Fourth Generation iPad though, the Mini screen pales against the spectacular Retina display.

I tried several apps and they loaded quickly..home screen scrolling is snappy and the screen is bright and sharp. I loaded up a book..which is probably going to be the biggest use for this device and found the type to be sharp with good contrast. iBook3 pretty much developed for this device looks good and performs well. I can see doing a lot of reading with the iPad Mini.

My only concern is the $329 price tag (for the 16Gb WiFi version) which on first blush looks steep. I’m looking forward to getting one in my hands to do a proper review and assess the value for for the full review soon.


Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

  • Roger

    Hi there! I also live in Pointe-Claire and would love it if u can send me a notice when the Ipad mini is in stock in Fairview!!

    Thank you!!!

    November 13, 2012 at 11:38 am Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      Hi Roger,
      Thanks for the comment..I wish I could help you but I don’t have any special pipeline into the Fairview store. You pretty much have to check at the store. Have you considered ordering online..currently Apple is showing 2 weeks delivery on iPad Mini.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm Reply

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