I have to come right out and say that I love my new iPad Mini. I always thought the iPhone and iPod were a bit too small for web surfing and email. I also wanted something a little smaller and lighter than the iPad. So I was excited when Apple came out with the iPad Mini.
I really like the design and feel of the iPad Mini. It is much lighter than the iPad (by almost 50%) and is also thinner as well. It fits well in your hand and is comfortable to hold. The size is more similar to a Kindle or Nook.
As far as usability and features it seems very much the same as the iPad. There seems to be a few new features, but I think this is because I have not upgraded my iPad to the latest OS. For example, I could create a Wi-Fi hotspot which allowed my kids to connect to the internet in the car.
I really like the fact that the iPad Mini comes with cellular (4G/LTE) capabilities. This is a huge benefit in my opinion since you can sign up for a $20 a month plan for 1GB of data (which I never use up since home and work have Wi-Fi). I really only use the cellular data when I am out and about. Its great for maps and directions, or to quickly look up something on the internet. Most of my friends with iPhones pay more than $50 a month for voice and data plans. I like the fact that you can have a data only plan (which saves money).
The only real con is the connector (called the lightning connector) is not the same as the iPad. This is a bummer since I bought the HDMI converter cable for my iPad and cannot use it with the mini. I also need to use a different cable to charge the system as well. However, the new lightning connector is supposed to be faster than the older connection.
In conclusion, the mini is a great option for someone who doesn’t want to carry around the larger iPad, but also doesn’t like the small form factor of the iPhone or iPod. The mini is still large enough to comfortably surf the web, read and answer email, view calendars and events, and enjoy the apps. After using my mini for over a week I am very happy with my purchase and can easily recommend it to others.