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Apple iPad mini pictures and hands-on

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This is Apple's new iPad mini. Answering plenty of the problems we had with Apple's original budget tablet, you now have a device with the power and specs to compete against the likes of the Google Nexus 7.

It's exciting stuff. A beefier A7 processor, iOS 7 and thankfully, a much improved display, have us looking forward to giving the new iPad mini the full review treatment. In the meantime, here are our initial impressions of Apple's new tablet.

Apple iPad Mini

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Apple iPad Mini



The last iPad mini had a display that was well behind the competition. It was adequate, but that 768 x 1024 resolution screen just didn't compare to what Apple was doing with its bigger and more expensive iPad.

It was fairly obvious that Apple left the display box unchecked so it could push that feature with the new iPad mini and that's exactly what it's doing. As much as it annoys us, the display does look fantastic.

You get a 328 ppi screen, resulting in excellent clarity in text, web pages and fantastic colour reproduction. In the hand, it's definitely impressive. This is the sharpest-looking tablet display we have ever seen and ticks one major box with the iPad mini that hadn't been filled before.

Apple iPad Mini

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Apple iPad Mini



The form factor for the iPad mini has stayed very much the same, so it's still just as portable and lightweight as its predecessor. This time round though, you have the better screen and the A7 processor.

Our brief testing with the device showed how any lag we might have found with the first gen iPad mini was now gone. It has absolutely no issue with graphically intensive apps like Infinity Blade III.


The device uses Apple's Lightning charging port, so it will need an adapter should you want to use it with older accessories. In the hand, this tablet really does feel the perfect size for day-to-day use. Compared to the bigger iPad, it is a much more portable gadget. We can see the iPad mini becoming a much more likely accessory for work and day-to-day use than the iPad.

Colour schemes are the silver found on the 5S as well as the new lighter space grey. If it were up to us, we would choose the latter, just looks that little bit slicker.

Apple iPad Mini

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Apple iPad Mini



Other than that, there is no TouchID fingerprint scanner like the one you find on the iPhone 5S, likely to try and help keep costs down.

On the back you have a 5-megapixel iSight camera and on the front a 720p capable FaceTime HD unit for video calling.

All in all, this is probably Apple's most impressive tablet to date. The company has made the decision to bring the specs in line with the bigger iPad Air and it's something we definitely like. Some might have been hoping for something cheaper, but then there is always the Nexus 7.

For Apple fans however, the iPad mini finally has the spec sheet to make them feel proud. Expect a full review of the new iPad mini in the coming weeks.

Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini in hands-on pictures:

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