Last year's iPad mini was very nearly perfect in every way, except the one you needed it to be. Its display was porridge next to the bright retina cornucopia of its bigger iPad brother and its tiny tablet competitors. This year? We feast.
What Is It?
It's tempting—and not entirely inaccurate—to lump the iPad mini in with the other small tablets of the world, the Kindle Fires and the Nexus 7s. You shouldn't, any more than you would lump a small bear in with a small pufferfish. They are different animals, with different arsenals.