This is a great all around iPad. I have had an original iPad, but found that it was a bit unwieldy. On the other hand, my iPhone 4S is too small for browsing or doing e-mail. This iPad mini is the perfect solution. It is small enough to carry, but big enough to see easily. While this first version of the iPad mini does not have a Retina display, the larger size screen looks as good as the Retina display on my iPhone.
As to storage memory, I bought the smallest size at 16MB. Even with several hundred photos, almost 300 songs, over 125 apps and 3 full length commercial movies, I still have about 4.8GB free. I perhaps should have gotten the 32GB version, but this 16GB version may be okay.
Overall, this is a great iPad. I especially like the smart sleep/wake feature. I bought a faux leather 360 case online and not only can I rotate the iPad to stand it in both landscape and portrait modes, the iPad goes to sleep just by closing the case. Of course, it also wakes immediately when I open the case. Without a case, the iPad mini is not the easiest to hold when in use. But in the case it is small enough to carry but also easy enough to hold to make it very useable. This is a great combination, by a great design team.
Everyone talks about how they expect the Android tablet to eventually outsell the iPads. But that is like saying that a Chevy volt is a better car than a Rolls Royce because more of them are sold. The iPad perfected the breed, and the new iPad mini is now the best of the mid-size devices.
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