My take after spending a bunch of the weekend with the iPad mini: This is the real iPad. With the exception of screen sharpness, everything about it is better than the bigger, â€œclassicâ€ iPad â€” and screen sharpness wonâ€™t be a deal breaker for the vast majority of people.
I thought Apple was focusing its marketing efforts on screen sharpness: the new 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, the 15.4-inch version, the iPad (3) and the iPad (4), the iPhone 4/4S and 5, and the iPod touch (4th and 5th generations). So with the exception of what I think is Apple’s most important focus the iPad mini is the real iPad? Absurd.
By the way the display falls short of sharpness, of course, but in a few other areas as well. Check out Raymond Soneira’s “iPad mini Display Technology Shoot-Out” that compares it to the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7. Spoiler alert: The iPad mini doesn’t come out ahead.