I've been using the new iPad Mini w/Retina display for a few weeks now and find that I like it very much. Previously I owned the iPad 3 and was well pleased with it. However once I updated the iPad 3 to iOS 7 and compared the performance of it to the new iPhone 5s I decided that I needed, better, wanted a new iPad. The performance of the iPad 3 with iOS 7 was quite poor, slow and laggy. It was getting annoying considering I had an iPhone 5s which performed so much better.
I had trouble selling the iPad 3, understandably since it was a couple of generations behind. I ended up selling it to www.gazelle.com for $205 which is less than I was hoping for. I am happy though, that I was able to get something for it and used the funds from that to put toward a new iPad.
This time I decided to try the iPad Mini since I was already familiar with the full-sized iPad. I purchased the 16GB wi-fi only iPad Mini w/Retina display in silver. The iPad 3 was also 16GB but had the LTE option. This time I did not get the LTE version because I ended up never using it before. I figured I'd save the extra money this time.
The new Mini has all the same hardware insides as the new iPad Air, but in a smaller form-factor. I really like the smaller screen, but it still feels big. I can hold it in one hand comfortably and it's light enough to not cause fatigue while holding it for extended periods of time.
Performance is excellent and is the same as the iPhone 5s. I'm not much of a gamer these days, but I have been playing 'The Simpsons Tapped Out" and it runs great on this device; on the iPad 3 it was quite slow.
The display is just as great as you would expect. Some people are complaining about the color gamut as compared to the iPad Air. Maybe there is truth to it and it's not as good, but to me it still looks great and I can't complain about it.
There is really only one thing I can really complain about and it's the lack of the new Touch ID that Apple introduced with the iPhone 5s. For a while I kept trying to unlock the iPad Mini by holding my finger on the Home button just like the iPhone and wondered why it wasn't working. The Touch ID feature is such a nice convenience that I think that it should be a standard feature on all of Apple's iDevices.
All in all I am well pleased with the new iPad Mini w/Retina display and I recommend it to anyone in the market for a new iPad.
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