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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice tablet, but a bit of a rip off.., January 17, 2014
This review is from: Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina Display ME279LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, White with Silver) (Personal Computers)
Actually, I liked this tablet better than I thought I would. However, as you will see below I have some major gripes with the price/features combination for this model. Lately I have been seriously thinking about upgrading my iPad 3. Tried the new Samsung Tab 10.1 (2014), iPad Air, and this Mini. Neither one of those larger tables really tempted me to give up on my iPad 3. Yes, they were a bit better in this and in that, but eventually neither one felt twice as good as my iPad 3 to justify their price (I figured that I would have to double the $280 or so that would get after selling my iPad 3).

iPad Mini retina did feel like a major upgrade in terms of size and weight. In fact, it is a better value in terms of size/weight vs screen size against iPad 3: you are dropping 50% of the weight and only losing 33% of the screen real estate (and nothing in resolution, of course). Surprisingly, most of the time I did not even feel any limitations of the smaller screen. I think part of the reason that made me like the new iPad Mini was that lately I have got a MBPr and the need for a larger retina screen now is satisfied by the laptop while the compactness of the tablet becomes more important.

However, there are two main problems that I have with the new Mini. One, is the limited gamut of the screen. I might be picky, but I do see the difference and not only side by side, but also when moving from one device to another. The larger iPad's home screen looks simply gorgeous in comparison to the Mini's home screen. (Probably, part of the reason is that I kept iOS 6 on my iPad 3 and it's color scheme is less "whitish.")

Another problem is pricing. How come after all these years of upgrading its larger tablets without increasing the price Apple decided to do it differently with the iPad Mini? The "original" iPad Mini was $330 and the iPad Mini retina is $400? Yes, the Mini got better, but the Air got better too with no price increase, same thing with iPad 4, iPad 3, and iPad 2. If they kept the price at $330 I would overlook the bleaker screen and go for it. Or if the screen had 100% gamut I would pay $400. But not both. I can not justify paying that much money while not feeling that I am getting a premium product. There are way cheaper tablets out there with 100% gamut and I do not want to pay $400 for a tablet and feel that it is inferior to a $220 tablet when it comes to such an important parameter as its screen.

You can see how much fewer reviews of this tablet are out there on amazon compared to the iPad Air. Seems like people are just not buying this model as much. I am returning the Mini and waiting until Apple comes up with an upgraded model that has 100% gamut screen. And they better not add another $70-$100 chunk on the top of the price when it happens!
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