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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Toddlers, November 12, 2012
Let me just start off by saying that this review will probably only be helpful if you're trying to decide which ipad to buy for you and your child. I will not go too much into technical aspects, overall functionality, and capabilities of the ipad mini. There's a great apple website for that. I will however tell you why I like the mini for my 3 year old son over the ipad 2.

To give full disclosure, we love apple products. Our family pretty much owns every single iThing that apple makes. My son's been using an ipod touch practically ever since he was born. So...a little over a year ago, we upgraded him to an ipad 2, which he absolutely loved. With apps like Tozzle, Teach me Toddler, and the Toca Boca apps, which kid wouldn't? My son has learned so much from using the educational apps on a daily basis. Here's a question for you though...

What are 2, 3 and even some year 4 year olds better at than being sponges and quickly learning things?

An ipad is most definitely something most of us can not afford to be broken. So to protect mine, I bought a OtterBox Defender Series Case with Screen Protector and Stand for the New iPad (4th Generation), iPad 2 and 3 - Black. Once on, this case is just awesome and protects your ipad like a tank. But to a 2 year old with slippery fingers, it might as well weigh 50 pounds at that point. Now that my son is 3, he's gotten used to it and knows to carry it with both hands, but it's still a little heavy and bulky for him.

This is where the ipad mini comes into play. I was a little hesitant at first to pre-order one since it didn't come with a retina display like the 2. I went ahead and convinced myself that we needed a an upgrade in gigs. Who knew that 16 gigs on an ipad 2 would not be enough? I got the 32gig mini in white and setup was a breeze. I was able to just plug it in and choose the last back up of the ipad 2 for configuration. It immediately loaded all our favorite apps, songs, pictures, and movies to the mini without hassle. The look on his face when I handed it to him was just priceless. He had the biggest smile on his face and his exact words
were, "it's a baby ipad."

He absolutely loves this thing even more. He's been using it solely for about a week now and has not dropped it once. We got him the i-Blason ArmorBox Series 2 Layer Hybrid Protection Case For Apple New iPad Mini 7.9 Inch with Kick Stand Kids Friendly (Multi Color) - Blue / White and Ionic Screen Protector Film MATTE (Anti-Glare) for New Apple iPad Mini 7.85 inch / the iPad Mini 7 Inch / built-in Stand for Apple iPad Mini 7.85 inch Latest Generation 4G LTE (3-pack) just in case though. Even with this case, it's still far lighter than the ipad 2 with the otterbox. He can now easily carry the "baby ipad" from room to room.

All in all, the ipad mini is basically an ipad 2 that went on a diet and exercised. It's smaller, lighter, and faster. Perfect for your little one at home who's curious about everything. The Ipod touch was too little for our son, the regular Ipad was too big, the mini...Is just right =) We still kept the ipad 2, cause that is perfect for mommy and daddy. Hopefully this was helpful for parents. Please feel free to ask a question or post a comment on this review. Thank you!!!
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2012 6:45:19 AM PST
M. Cordova says:
I am not clear about the protective case that you recommend. Is it compatible with the mini I pad?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 7:06:48 AM PST
Hello M. Cordova, I do recommend the I-blason case for the iPad mini. It fits the mini like a glove and it's easy for my son to carry around. It's also seems to offer a lot of protection even though my son has not dropped it yet.
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