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Living up to the buzz

Costly but dynamic iPad Mini a must-have

By Dallas Wilcox
On December 10, 2012

Apple once again sticks to its tradition by surprising gadget fans.

After two revamped versions of the original iPad, the iPad Mini was revealed; then hit stores on Nov. 2 this year. Several electronic companies have already released a similar sized tablet to try to compete with Apple's original iPad and have even produced smaller hand-held tablets. 

The Mini measures 7.9 inches from corner to corner and has all the typical features and qualities of Apple products such as a brilliant, beautiful display, sleek, thin design at 7.2 millimeters and a feather-light weight of .68 pounds.

The Mini is available in white and silver as well as a black and slate combination, giving users two options for color. Also sporting Siri technology, it's easy to literally ask the iPad Mini questions, organize a calendar and recommend places for food and entertainment. 

Sporting front and back-side cameras, users can also video chat with Apple's 'Face Time' technology. The availability of video chat makes the iPad Mini a great way to interact with distant friends and family members during the holiday season.

Other features of the iPad Mini are a 10-hour battery life, HD camera recording and 5-megapixel still-photo capturing.  On top of that, users can conveniently edit their videos and photos right on the Mini using iPhoto and iMovie

However, even though Apple has released an iPad with the trademark Retina display and A6 processor chip, they didn't incorporate the technology on the iPad Mini.  However, Apple's track record indicates that they will eventually release a Mini with the Retina display and A6 chip. Lastly, it has a startlingly high price, with models starting at $329 for the 16 gigabyte Wi-Fi model.  It also comes in a Wi-Fi plus cellular edition starting at $459 for the 16 GB. 

Overall, it's still worth purchasing or at least giving it a test run. Other tablets this size may be cheaper such as the Kindle or Nook but they aren't fully featured like the iPad Mini. Apple's easily operable software and beauty of their hardware make this tablet worth the price. 

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